Monday, September 10, 2012

IN SELECTING MEN FOR OFFICE


“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate – look to his character… When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor, he betrays the interest of his country.” – Noah Webster
 
“When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people.” – Edmund Burke
 
As we near the 2012 Presidential Election, it should be emphasized that every individual and institution in society plays a significant God-given role in the formation of said society. In a democratic republic, the character, intelligence and initiative of the citizen is intended to play a major role in the formation of our institutions and of our federal, state and local governments; the representatives that occupy such offices. An ignorant, careless, deceived and lazy people will likely choose representatives that will reduce liberty in fulfillment of the promise of “taking care of” the citizen. The informed, cautious, discerning and responsible citizen welcomes the opportunity to embrace liberty coupled with virtue and hard work and will elect public servants accordingly. The foolish citizen disconnects altogether, relinquishing all to their fellow citizens. It is never appropriate or responsible to say, “I work hard at x, y or z so I have no interest in or responsibility to concern myself with the political activities of the land.”

As Hollywood and marketing techniques increasingly set the stage for what people believe and why they believe it, we must exercise increased care in evaluating our options and candidates. We must not allow hype and hollow, scripted language distract our minds from understanding the political philosophy, worldview and agenda of those seeking to become public representatives.
 
“Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.” – Edmund Burke

 

 

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