Jackie Gingrich Cushman

For conservatives, it's time to reach down and find the strength to do more, to make sure conservatives win in the fall. There will be pundits and critics who will try to distract conservatives from issues and ideas to negative personal campaigning to prevent a conservative takeover, but conservatives should not be swayed.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better," said President Theodore Roosevelt in "The Man in the Arena" Speech at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910. "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

With everything we have going on in our daily lives -- grocery lists, bills to pay, clients to see, sales to make, laundry to do, and children to pick up, feed and put to bed -- it is easy to get overwhelmed and distracted.

I do every day.

But it's time to focus, to give a bit of time, a bit of money to candidates who are out in the arena fighting for us and for our nation.

Everything matters -- every minute volunteered, every dollar donated. It all makes a difference to the final outcome.

You can, and you will, make a difference -- get involved.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.