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The movie "Act of Valor" depicts Navy Seal Team 7 engaged in special operations to protect our nation. The heroic sacrifice is representative of and honors a long line of American heroes who have served our country. As the saying goes, some gave all and all gave some.

I am writing this to ask the citizens of our great land to rise above personal interest in the next election and vote for your country.

It isn't about a political party, or a job or your particular choice of religion. It's not about your ethnicity or your wealth or lack of wealth. It is about the origins of this country.

The pilgrims came here seeking religious freedom, and subsequently our independence was gained through rebellion when we opposed taxation without representation. The Revolutionary War resulted in the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. These documents were written with the intent of guaranteeing the greatest personal liberty and the least government influence.

We are presently on the road to socialism. It is a road that diminishes personal freedom and increases not only the size of government, but our dependence on government. We are being led down this road by the progressive liberal left, abetted by the media.

This road will eventually turn to communism and all freedoms that we enjoy and that have been purchased with the blood of our soldiers will be lost. Every soldier, from the minuteman to the most recent casualty in Afghanistan will, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, "have died in vain."

Please, please, America wake up! This is the defining moment in our history. It is our opportunity to re-dedicate ourselves to our heritage, self-reliance, individual freedom and the pursuit of happiness.

As John Kennedy said, "ask not what your country can do you, but what can you do for your country."

Be a people of valor and display courage in the face of the danger that faces our nation. Vote for your children and your grandchildren.

Let it never be said that the men and women who have served our country have died in vain.

Thomas Day

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