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We live in tumultuous times…  and I’m so glad to be alive right now.  Many people, when they turn on the news or read about unfolding events, throw up their hands in despair. But as patriots, that’s the last response we should have.  It’s an honor and a privilege to be alive during these important days, because it gives us an opportunity to do something about it.

Defense Secretary James Mattis gets this.  Recently, he was speaking to a bunch of submarine sailors at Naval Base Kitsap in Washington state.  According to The Hill, Mattis offered up some rather “salty” encouragement: 

Mattis thanked the sailors of the USS Kentucky, an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, for their service during the Aug. 9 speech.

“You will have some of the best days of your life and some of the worst days of your life in the U.S. Navy, you know what I mean? That says — that means you’re living. That means you’re living,” Mattis said at a troop event.

“That means you’re not some p—- sitting on the sidelines, you know what I mean? Kind of sitting there saying, ‘Well, I should have done something with my life.’ Because of what you’re doing now, you’re not going to be laying on a shrink’s couch when you’re 45 years old, say, ‘What the hell did I do with my life?’ Why? Because you served others; you served something bigger than you.”

Some of you may read those words and wish for that sort of significance in your own lives.  Well, the good news is that you can actually do something to help your country, even if you are well past the age of joining the military.  The Convention of States project is a way to restrain the federal government so it will finally stop inserting itself into every aspect of American life.  It’s the only effective way to fix the major problems that plague our nation right now — it’s a solution that’s as big as our problems, and the Founders gave it to us for a moment like this.

If you are feeling depressed about the state of our nation, take a stand today.  You’re alive right now in this moment for a reason.  Don’t let it pass.  Learn more about the Convention of States today.

Image Credit:  U.S. military and Department of Defense Public Domain

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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