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They see the destruction of the world’s greatest health care system.

They see astonishing abuses of power, from the corruption at the IRS and Department of Justice to widespread National Security Agency eavesdropping to the disarray at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

They see their leaders continuously lying to them about everything from the terrorist attack in Benghazi to their own health insurance.

They see the collapse of American power and prestige and a world in violent chaos.

They see America spinning out of control and into something they no longer recognize.

They see a world teetering on the brink of some new and yet unknown catastrophe.

As I stand before them, they search my face for answers. For hope. “What can I do?” they ask. “I feel so hopeless,” they say. “It’s going to be OK, isn’t it?”

I honestly don’t know the answer to that. I do know that we can never give up trying to save America. She is a sturdy gal. She has proven herself strong and resilient in the face of grave challenges in the past. However, what the left is so cleverly doing now is working to change her very nature, so that although the beauty of places like Alaska will remain, America as an idea will be over.

This is why we must fight, from Nome to New York, against the leftist onslaught. That’s what I tell these courageous but frightened Americans when I see them. America — as an idea — is counting on us.

Monica Crowley is online opinion editor at The Washington Times.