In his Oct. 12 opinion column, Michael Gerson asks “Who is left to defend the simple, often admirable, sometimes disappointing, American experience?” (“Americans clearly united about being on the wrong track,” The Columbian). The answer is, of course, we the people. Step up with gratitude for our ideals, rising to the challenge of creating an America that continues to move closer to those ideals we hold dear. So, when Congress wants to go $1.5 trillion in debt giving a tax break to the rich, say “no” by calling your representatives. When Congress wants to balance the budget by cutting safety-net programs that keep millions out of poverty and help put food on the table, say “no.” Remember, our elected representatives work for us. Never be afraid to remind them about what is right. Pick up the phone and call 1-800-826-3688, ask for the Senate or the House, then those who represent you and let them know that it is important to look out for all Americans, not just the rich!