Summer Soldiers, Sunshine Patriots and Spines: What’s In Your Mirror? (Part 2 of 2)

Continuing from where we left off last time, where are the Williams, the Gladyses, the Corries, the Treys, Thomases and Dietrichs of today? – Public Domain

Answer: Look in the mirror.

These larger-than-life heroes and heroines weren’t fifteen-foot giants, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. They were ordinary people, with one exception: They knew how to say No. And mean it. They were men and women of character. Backbone. Integrity. They looked evil and oppression in the face and said, “Not on my watch.” And refused to budge.

How ’bout you? Is your country worth fighting for?

The hour is late. The opposition thick. The darkness deep. “I don’t know where to start” or “I don’t know what to do” is an oft-repeated refrain. And we’re all just sooooooo busy.

Here’s a tip:

Stop making excuses. Stop whining. Stop wringing your hands and standing around on the sidelines. One person can’t do everything, but we can all do one thing. Choose. And get going. Here are some suggestions (you can chime in anytime):

  • Find a worthwhile cause and/or solid candidate with some spine and back him or her. Publicly.
  • Write letters to the editor
  • Support a solid incumbent (Hint: Wes Cormier, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker)
  • Donate
  • Doorbell
  • Go on offense
  • Rally
  • Attend a town hall and speak up
  • Persuade, influence, message
  • Challenge the opposition every chance you get, in every venue available
  • Start a blog
  • Contribute to a blog (Hi Pat and Rick)
  • Contact your local, state and federal level reps and express your views about the topics and issues you care about
  • Form a PAC
  • If some DemoLib moron runs his mouth off on the radio or in the local press, call in or fire back. Don’t let ’em go unchallenged.
  • Educate yourself on the issues, candidates, and platforms
  • Remind people to go to the polls or return their ballots by the deadline (nag if you have to)
  • Work your social media channels to sway public opinion
  • Post, link, comment, share, tweet

Caveat: You do not have to be dialed into a political party to be effective. In fact, you may want to head for the hills in some instances of same. And unless you’re good with a straight jacket, plugging into a traditional political party can be a one-way ticket to a dead-end and another helping of same old, same old. If that’s the case, Don’t. Go. There. Think outside the box. Carve your own niche.

A Few Resources to Get You Started:

American Legacy PAC (Ben Carson)

Allen West Guardian Fund

Wounded Warriors

Tea Party Patriots

ACT! for America


This is no time for summer soldiers or sunshine patriots. It’s time for men and women of character. Backbone. Integrity.

How’s your mirror?