Dear Young (and Older) Veterans,
When you come home, and have completed your military service and are a civilian again for good, please run for public office. Right away.
Because, gentlemen and ladies, we still need you. We need candidates for office who are tried and true neighbors of the ordinary American. We need representatives who put the welfare of the USA and its people before political expediency and personal gain.
From our first president, George Washington, to our local governors and mayors, America has always relied on her Brave to guide her safely through the calms as well as the storms.
We need people who will read bills themselves instead of taking the word of the lobbyists who wrote them. Who will debate bills honestly on the floor of Congress instead of rubber stamping the trade-off deals their aides made in the back rooms. Who will insist that voting on bills happen in Congress and not be polled in advance.
We need people who still have the capacity to notice and say out loud "That's not right!" when they get to Congress and discover the hidden suppuration and game playing and elitism and favoritism.
We need you.
Throw your hat in the ring for State Representative, or for Congress. Run for school board, or county commission or city council. Your political party has local offices that need strong leadership and integrity in one local party will empower others and spread throughout the state.
Run for office while you are still be able to hear the confident voice of your soul that sent you into battle prepared to defend the Most Exceptional Country that has ever been or ever will be.
Run for office and make use of the strength of will that brought you out conditioned to captain your part of the Most Exceptional Country that ever was, and prepared to guarantee it always will be.
So don't hesitate. Be yourself. Bring your bravery to bear on the government of these United States, our towns and schools.
Bring your clear-eyed humility to face down the scandalmongers without being deterred or delayed in your objective.
Bring your respect for the traditions and memories earned by those who went ahead, and your commitment to preserve "these truths" for those who will follow after.
Bring your understanding that sometimes failure is essential because capitulation is far far worse. And that falling down is just a signal to get up again. And again. And again.
Bring your confidence in a bright future for all hard-working Americans.
Bring your capacity for decisive action, your willingness to accept risk for the greater good, your visceral comprehension of what real discipline and honor are and how they are lived.
You are another Greatest Generation, and America needs you still.
Start now while you know what it is all worth.
Bring your true self.
How awesome would that be? A government of Americans who are all tried and true, who stayed true.
(Originally posted here May 30, 2010 as "One More Request Of The Brave: Veterans, Please Run For Office")
April 17 UPDATE: Thanks to Pat @SIGIS for the link!