This is the weekend to remember the sacrifices of the men and women of the United States military who have given their all in the defense of the country.
I have two suggestions for marking it.
First, please consider a contribution to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund or another organization serving the warriors wounded in the war that began on 9/11. Americans were very generous in the early years of the war but have become less so as the front has shifted to remote regions in Afghanistan and as the economy has worn down so many family budgets at home.
The fighting is still intense and costly, however, and the number of seriously injured continues to grow with each week. The Semper Fi Fund and many other groups do great work to help wounded veterans return to civilian life and sometimes to active duty. Support of these men and women is the best way to salute the sacrifice of the fallen in this and other wars.
Politics is another way to honor those who died in the uniform, though that may seem counterintuitive at first. But each soldier, sailor, airman and marine who died in wartime did so defending a republic that depends upon its citizens being informed and active in the election of its leaders. Carelessness in the voting booth not only ruins the domestic life of the United States, the weakness in defense policy that carelessness brings about increases the dangers to the country and to the men and women who defend it.
Americans concerned over the increasingly grim situation of the country's economy and its place in the world know that the November elections are a key to restoring fiscal sanity, military preparedness and national security seriousness to America. This is a great weekend to begin to seriously study the November elections and to pick those races in which you will be involved.
My friend Geraghty the Indispensable has charted 99 House races in which Republicans are competitive in the fall. Getting the gavel out of Nancy Pelosi's hands is a priority and it is doable.