5,787 is the number of American servicemen and women who, up until today, have died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. That is 5,787 Americans who did not vote because they gave their lives so you could.
If you headed down to your local Democratic party headquarters to knock on some doors; if you called, emailed, Facebooked, Tweeted every Democrat you knew; we would surprise the hell out of those Republicans smoking victory cigars.
By the time you read this, I'll already have voted -- the single most reflexive political act of my life -- in the single most dispiriting election I can remember. As I haven't missed an election since my first vote in 1968, that says something.
Early New Jersey laws defined voters as "inhabitants," so women were eligible to vote from the first American elections on. Unfortunately, their rights were taken away all too soon, all because of a very heated local election.
If we don't wake up on Tuesday and rush to the polls, we will find ourselves with an Alice In Wonderland Congress, where up is down and wrong is right, and lies are truth and hating diversity is seen as patriotism.
We do not need to get in the mud of trepidation with the Barack haters, nor should we make peace with despair and anxiety. Some of us have got to join President Obama in taking the long view of America.
These are people who would vote Democrat if they only got to the polls, which means it's up to the rest of us to convince them. We don't have to change their minds. We just have to get them to participate.