Just a few years back, I remember commentator Dinesh D’Souza often saying that the Left owns academia, the media, and Hollywood.

Many of us have observed that now it’s much worse than that. The Leftist worldview and wokeism has similarly become dominant in the government employment sector, in our senior military leaders, in corporate America, and even in our clergy.

This didn’t happen overnight. We got to this point incrementally over many decades while many of us were busy making a living, raising families, and running our businesses while still loving our country and our freedom and honoring the sacrifices made to make it great.

And we voted every 2-4 years — even if too many of us neglect to vote in our towns’ spring elections with their many warrant articles, chock full of creative ideas on how to spend more of our hard-earned money than the previous year and having the greatest negative impact on our taxes and our wallets. But I digress.

Since every facet of our lives is becoming politicized now, I wish to send an urgent message to my fellow Republicans that it simply isn’t enough to just vote anymore.

If we sincerely want to fight back against the many nefarious ideas becoming quickly accepted and adopted into our political discourse and think all we need to do to stem the tide is exercise our basic civic duty as citizens and vote, then we’re seriously deluding ourselves.

If you’re fed up with the direction of things, consider a run for office. We in New Hampshire have the unique opportunity, regardless of our backgrounds, to run for State Representative with minimal campaign costs in most cases. And there are several fine organizations and plenty of friendly incumbents and former state representatives to teach you everything you need to know to run a successful campaign and prepare you to be successful in the House.

But if you can’t commit to serving in Concord, there are many opportunities to serve in your community. If you don’t like the indoctrination and profligate spending in your public schools while academics take a back seat, then run for your local school board. If you don’t like the direction your town is going, run for mayor or select board or serve on its budget committee. If you don’t like what’s happening these days with your child’s story hour at your town library, run for a seat on its board of trustees.

If none of those opportunities are compatible with your life and schedule, then get involved with the causes and candidates you are passionate about. Democrats have a high degree of involvement as activists, and they are generally much better at it than Republicans — which goes a long way to explain where we are today. Activism is something that offers a lot of flexibility to do as much or as little as your schedule allows. Testify at public hearings; again, there’s lots of help available to help you craft your message. Attend your town’s Republican committee meetings. Work with a campaign; knock on doors for a candidate or attend a sign wave or work a phone bank for them.

Want to help ensure fair elections in your town? Become a poll watcher. Help get out the vote and drive people to the polls on Election Day.

If the above options are simply not for you, there is still one last way to get involved: donate. Contribute whatever you can to those candidates you believe in, that you know will be a force for good. The small donations do add up! Don’t think they won’t make a difference.? They will indeed.

More than one person has said that even if you don’t care about politics, politics cares about you — and often not in your best interest.

Many citizens have an inertia mindset about running for office and being politically active. “That’s not for me. Someone else can do that.” If we want to change course from what the Leftists, the woke, the progressives want this world and your community to become, then it starts with us.

It’s time to stop complaining about the state of things on social media. Stop assuming that someone else will step up and do the work. There are many ways to get off the sidelines and become that “someone” who becomes a force for positive change and goes far beyond merely marking a ballot every couple of years.