"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
On the heels of one of the most famous lines in American history, comes an often ignored yet equally powerful line: “To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
As we remember September 11, 2001, it's important to also remember that for some people, your vote is a matter of life and death. How has the 113th U.S. House of Representatives stepped up to the plate this year? Well, between the two committees that govern Armed Services and Veterans Affairs, they passed one and exactly one bill into law: H.Con.Res.41 — Encouraging peace and reunification on the Korean Peninsula. That's it.
Do not "consent to be governed" by people who ignore those who have bled so that you may freely head to the ballot box. If you have loved being free, you owe it to those who have given you that freedom to hold our public servants accountable for their every word on the campaign trail and their every vote, or lack thereof, surrounding these wars.
There are just over two million service members. They are charged with protecting the liberty of 300 million Americans. Fewer than 8% of Americans have served. In truth, Americans have not been asked to share the burden of war in any significant way since World War II. You don’t have to ration your gasoline or even give up a jug of milk for our troops. All you have to do is “consent to be governed” by people who will fight for those who fight for you.