“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and includnce extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.”
The book says:
“He then went on to say that public officials should NOT be chosen if they are lacking in experience, training, proven virtue, and demonstrated wisdom. He said the task of the electorate is to choose those whose ‘fidelity has been tried in the nicest and tenderest manner, and has been ever firm and unshaken.’ A favorite scripture of the day was proverbs 29:2, which says “when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
Let’s all keep this in mind as we head to the polls in November.