"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." - Benjamin Franklin;
"And when politicians find that honor and character matter less than buying votes and a constituency, that too will herald the end of the Constitution. When that happens we must work tirelessly to change their minds, or their occupation!" - Hoping The Blind Will See

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Don't Elect "Bad Men"

"When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, "just men who will rule in the fear of God." The preservation of [our] government depends on the faithful discharge of this Duty; if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded. If [our] government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws." - Noah Webster

These words are as relevent, if not more so, today as they were when they were written in 1823. Every American should keep them in mind as we prepare for the 2010 mid-term elections in November. Deep inside we all know right from wrong. So forget your political leanings, what does your gut say?

Vote on the side of right!


  1. Take Charlie Rangle - mr. poster child for term limits - who has served nearly 40 years in the House of Representatives, including a tour as head of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, illustrates the corruptive nature of political tenure.

    Despite serial misbehavior, Rangel will not lose his job. The Ethics Committee (formally known as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct) will likely give him a slap on the wrist, possibly in conjunction with an apology and perhaps a bunch of polisi roses to make sure there are no hard feelings. (Rangel has been extremely helpful in raising money for his colleagues.) Voters in his home district appear poised to reelect him. Such is the power of incumbency. These old farts are the reason we keep getting more of the same from Washington.

  2. Time will tell, but if he doesn't lose his job (or resign), the consequences to those on the House Ethics Committee may be that they lose their's. Let's see how this plays out...