We have elected to Congress, time after time individuals who misuse the trust of the people for their own gain. It is the rule and not the exception that individuals will enter public life only to become wealthy beyond their wildest dreams.
A nation cannot remain free when it continues to elect people to places of responsibility who have no character and no veracity. This is not a new revelation but has been true from the beginning of time.
“Bad men cannot make good citizens. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience are incompatible with freedom.” Patrick Henry
Who people elect is reflective of themselves. How sad it is to realize that the people we elect to Congress and to the Presidency, are people with terribly flawed character and lacking totally in veracity. Patrick Henry explained that is incompatible with freedom. We are a much less free people today than we were 200 years ago, 100 years ago, 50 years ago, 10 years ago, and yes even 1 year ago.
Samuel Adams, organizer of the Boston Tea Party and signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote: “Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust be men of unexceptionable characters. The public cannot be too curious concerning the character of public men.”
John Adams, our second president, wrote: “We electors have an important constitutional power placed in our hands; we have a check upon two branches of the legislature, as each branch has upon the other two; the power I mean of electing, at stated periods, one branch, which branch has the power of electing another. It becomes necessary to every (citizen) then, to be in some degree a statesman, and to examine and judge for himself of the tendency of political principles and measures. Let us examine, then, with a sober, a manly … and a Christian spirit; let us neglect all party virulence and advert to facts; let us believe no man to be infallible or impeccable in government, any more than in religion; take no man’s word against evidence, nor implicitly adopt the sentiments of others, who may be deceived themselves, or may be interested in deceiving us.”
William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, noted: “Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them, and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men than men upon governments. Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad. … But if men be bad, let the government be ever so good, they will endeavor to warp and spoil it to their turn.”
It is time for each individual and for the people as a whole to take an inward look. Are we individually people of character and veracity? Are we a nation of character and veracity? When I vote for people to represent me am I looking at facts concerning their character and veracity, or am I placing the good of a political party above the good of the country?
If, we as individuals and we as a nation place our freedom as our top priority, then we must place the character and the veracity of the individual for whom we vote as our foremost criteria. If we are doing this, it would be impossible to have an individual who is odds on favorite to win the presidency who is a liar with no equal, a person with no morals, an individual with no shame, who is a champion of self-dealing, and has committed treasonous actions for her own convenience and to hide her corrupt activities.
An honest inward reflection by each of us is critical if we are to be a free people.