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Below: Voting Resources, Foundation, Call to Action, Resources

See also: Electoral college

Voting is not a right, it is a duty!

"Bad politicians are elected by good people who don't vote." -- Reverend Billy Graham

"The natural cure for an ill-administration, in a popular or representative constitution, is a change of men." --Alexander Hamilton

Although America's Republic and Constitution was established by Christians and based upon the Christian Bible, a non-Christian candidate who honors, respects, and strictly adheres to the Republic and Constitution is also adhering to that Christian foundation. Jesus is the King of the Kingdom of God and not a candidate running for office. Therefore, since the only One Who is perfect is not running, than someone who is imperfect must be. Now voters must decide which candidate will best adhere to the Republic and Constitution.

Mythbusting Christian Excuses for Not Voting - By Dr. Jeff Myers - Here’s a poll number about presidential politics that may shock you: About half of self-identified Christians of voting age did not cast a ballot in the election of 2012, according to the Barna Group. That’s 40 to 50 million men and women who probably say they love America but still failed to exercise the simplest and most basic form of citizenship. Pundits and pollsters are predicting similar electoral apathy on Nov. 8 – perhaps in even greater numbers.

   Personally, I’ve never seen such apathy among Christians for the two major party presidential candidates. Christians who stay on the sidelines usually fall for one of four myths, and as a result, have a smaller and smaller influence with each election cycle:   

   (See article for coverage on each myth.)      

   Myth #1: God doesn’t care about politics

   Myth #2: It’s not my problem

   Myth #3: Choosing between the lesser of two evils is evil

   Myth #4: Politics doesn’t matter We urgently need to shake ourselves out of believing these myths.

   Good people can’t sit this one out. We must never forget that punching that chad or pulling that lever or filling in that circle on Election Day is an indispensable part of our responsibility as Christians.

 

A Lame Duck Country? - By Thomas Sowell - The Constitution cannot protect our rights if we do not protect the Constitution. Freedom is not free, and the Constitution is just some words on paper if we do not do anything to those who violate it. What can ordinary citizens do? Everything! Theirs is the ultimate power of the ballot that can bring down even the most powerful elected official. ... When someone who has violated the Constitution repeatedly gets re-elected, then the voters are accomplices in the erosion of protection for their own freedom. Laws without penalties are just suggestions -- and suggestions are a pitiful defense against power. ... If Republicans do not win control of the Senate in this fall's elections, a Senate controlled by Majority Leader Harry Reid can confirm judges who will have the power to extend Barack Obama's agenda and complete the dismantling of Constitutional government. Barack Obama can, as he said before taking office, fundamentally 'change the United States of America.' Far from being a lame duck president, Obama can make this a lame duck democracy.

'And the Winners of This Year's Razzies Are...' By Burt Prelutsky - I don't know why it is so difficult for so many on our side to recognize that in certain states, a Ronald Reagan or Ted Cruz is never going to win an election. But if you sit home because you refuse to vote for those you demean as RINOs, thus allowing a liberal to win, you are aiding and abetting Obama, Pelosi and Reid. And that makes you a far bigger villain than John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Scott Brown or any other Republican on your personal hate list. However you feel about moderates, unlike Democrats, they are on the right side every once in a while. If you disagree, how do you explain that every single Republican in Congress voted against the Affordable Care Act? As William F. Buckley once said, "Vote for the most conservative candidate on the ballot ... who can win."

James Madison, Federalist No. 44, 1788 - "What is to be the consequence, in case the Congress shall misconstrue this part [the necessary and proper clause] of the Constitution and exercise powers not warranted by its true meaning, I answer the same as if they should misconstrue or enlarge any other power vested in them ... the success of the usurpation will depend on the executive and judiciary departments, which are to expound and give effect to the legislative acts; and in a last resort a remedy must be obtained from the people, who can by the elections of more faithful representatives, annul the acts of the usurpers." James Madison, Federalist No. 44, 1788  

Apathy

"I never vote" "My vote doesn't matter" "I hate politics" "They're all the same so why bother"
Will YOUR descendants enjoy what you have enjoyed?

"I conjure [urge] you, by all that is dear, by all that is honorable, by all that is sacred, not only that ye pray but that ye act." Founding Father John Hancock

"The time has come for Christians to vote for honest men, and take consistent ground in politics or the Lord will curse them...Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to their country as a part of their duty to God. It seems sometimes as if the foundations of the nation are becoming rotten, and Christians seem to act as if they think God does not see what they do in politics. But I tell you He does see it, and He will bless or curse this nation according to the course [Christians] take [in politics]." Charles Finney

"[I]f the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted." --Noah Webster

"To God and posterity you are accountable for [your rights and your rulers]. . . . Let not your children have reason to curse you for giving up those rights and prostrating those institutions which your fathers delivered to you." The Rev. Mathias Burnet, 1803

More quotes at: The Importance of Voting and Christian Involvement in the Political Arena

Resources - Political scorecards, voter guides, register to vote, and more....

Foundation - "We the people " have been provided  a sure foundation into which either our care or apathy will allow us to pass on to future Americans.

Call to Action - What is required to ensure that the foundation entrusted to us continues to provide  the most successful and noblest nation ever.

See also Electoral College - The misunderstood (because it is not taught) reason why these United States form a Republic and not pure democracy.

From the Left: Voter ID Challenged

Voting Resources

  • Voter Look Up Tool - Find out if you are registered to vote!
  • VoteBiblical.com - “How to Vote Biblical” - Join the thousands who have watched and shared these free videos, audio and ebook content. Most important, pray for God to intercede with our nation and move us to vote ‘biblically’ in this upcoming election.
  • Vote Biblically is a grass roots movement whose goal is to communicate the importance of the Christian Vote in restoring the Biblical Values our forefathers originally built into the U.S. Constitution  
  • Christian Voting Guide How is a Christian to Vote? Vote Exodus 18:21 Four Biblical Keys to Electing God Fearing Governments By Pastor Steven Andrew, author of “Making A Strong Christian Nation” and pastor of USAChristianMinistries.com © 2011
  • Champion the Vote is an initiative of United in Purpose (UiP), a non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is to actively advance the traditional values of America's founding fathers. UiP provides resources and infrastructure for like-minded Christian organizations and ministries to educate and mobilize their constituencies for the common cause of bringing the Biblical worldview to the forefront of American life and politics. The mission of Champion the Vote is to get unregistered Christians registered to vote, educated in the Biblical worldview, and voting accordingly on Election Day.  Of the 60 million Christians in the U.S., only 30 million of them vote in any given election or are even registered to vote.  Our research has shown that it only takes 5 million votes to decide an election.  We believe that if Christian voters will make their voices heard on Election Day, we can bring about positive change in America.  Our nation was founded on Biblical principles, but God has been expunged from our culture, and as a consequence, our nation is in an ethical and moral mess. 
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  • WallBuilders Voter Guide
  • iVoteValues.org - Why Bother? Whose Values? Where's the Party? Who's Running?

  • MegaVote Sign Up Get your reps' votes by e-mail weekly!

  • Government & Voter Resources

  • Redeem the Vote We as people of faith should never put political ideology above principle, we should never convince ourselves that if we only subscribe to certain political principles that we can somehow prevent certain moral failings in our country. These values are not owned by one particular philosophy or political party, but have been forged by people of many political perspectives who have come together and to do what is right.

  • Project Vote Smart American Government, Elections, Candidates, and Voting

  • Politics1 American Politics, Elections, Candidates, and Campaigns.

  • http://www.opensecrets.org/ Campaign Contributions: Who's Contributing how much to whom

  • FactCheck.org - a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.

  • Ballotpedia is a free, collaborative, online encyclopedia about state politics, particularly including electionsstate legislaturesballot measures (including ballot measure lawschool bond and tax electionsrecall elections and local ballot measures), governorsstate Secretaries of State and state Attorneys General. Ballotpedia's staff and volunteers particularly focus on the so-called "down-ballot" candidates and ballot measures that typically receive less attention. Ballotpedia is a wiki, which means anyone can improve it. By adding your knowledge and fixing mistakes, the quality and depth of Ballotpedia's information improves over time.

 

 

Foundation

“If the next century does not find us a great nation... it will be because those who represent the... morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.” James Garfield

“We cannot afford to differ on the question of honesty if we expect our republic permanently to endure. Honesty is not so much a credit as an absolute prerequisite to efficient service to the public. Unless a man is honest, we have no right to keep him in public life; it matters not how brilliant his capacity.” Theodore Roosevelt

“Every voter ought not merely to vote, but to vote under the inspiration of a high purpose to serve the nation. It has been calculated that in most elections only about half of them entitled to vote actually exercise their franchise. What is worse, a considerable part of those who neglect to vote do it because of a curious assumption of superiority to this elementary duty of the citizen. They presume to be rather too good, too exclusive, to soil their hands with the work of politics... Popular government is facing one of the difficult phases of the perpetual trial to which it always has been and always will be subjected. It needs the support of every element of patriotism, intelligence and capacity that can be summoned.” Calvin Coolidge

“The beauty of our system isn’t that we have the right to vote. No, the nice thing is that people who are too dumb or lazy or uninformed to bother casting a ballot aren’t compelled to vote.” Burt Prelutsky

"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting." Franklin D. Roosevelt

"If Virtue & Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslav'd.  This will be their great Security." Samuel Adams

"The reason this country continues its drift toward socialism and big nanny government is because too many people vote in the expectation of getting something for nothing, not because they have a concern for what is good for the country... If children were forced to learn about the Constitution, about how government works, about how this nation came into being, about taxes and about how government forever threatens the cause of liberty perhaps we wouldn't see so many foolish ideas coming out of the mouths of silly old men." - Lyn Nofziger

"Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks-no form of government can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea, if there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men. So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them." - James Madison

"When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers' let it be impressed upon your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a republican government depends upon the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted ... If a republican government fails ... it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws." And "It is the sincere desire of the writer that our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the Bible, particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion." - Noah Webster

"Statesmen my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. ... The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a great Measure, than they have it now, They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty." - John Adams

“Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . .it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.” - James Garfield 20th President

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

The people in general ought to have regard to the moral character of those whom they invest with authority either in the legislative, executive, or judicial branches. John Witherspoon

"A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user." Theodore Roosevelt

Call to Action

Politics / LegislationIs not a vote for ANY Democrat a vote for socialism, the loss of America's power, sovereignty, and noble leadership in the world in favor of United Nations dominance, selective First Amendment dictates, continued infringement of the Second Amendment, increased secular humanistic anti-Christian government-run schools and pre-schools, and "higher" education rewriting history to eradicate America's Christian Heritage, and continued dependence on foreign energy sources?

True the Vote - Vote fraud attacks the heart of our political system and threatens our rights as citizens. If you care enough to help, contact us today to become part of our action plan.

1. Judges - Judges who interpret the law vs. Judges who make the law - It is not clear that Obama will nominate secular humanistic anti-Christian activists judges, while McCain will nominate judges who will adhere to strict Constitutional interpretation and refrain from legislating from the bench.

2. War on Terror - The Democrats have provided enough evidence of their weakness and naivety of diplomacy, while Republicans currently continue to speak softly and carry a big stick.

3. Taxes & Economy - Tax cuts vs. Tax hikes -  If you want government to replace God, if you want a government that will have citizens dependent from the cradle to the grave upon yet more government programs that fail then vote for socialist who are masking as Democrats. If you prefer a free market driven economy, personal independence, personal responsibility, personal commitment, personal accountability, self-discipline, self-motivation, over complete reliance on a government that is incapable of meeting every need, don't vote for any Democrat or Green Party candidate. “To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.”  Thomas Jefferson

4. Healthcare - Protecting doctors vs. Protecting predatory trial lawyers - If you want the same problems the British and Canadians are experiencing vote for a Obama. If you want doctors returning to prioritizing patient care over HMO or government mandates, please consider McCain's plan.

5. Energy independence vs. Energy dependence

6, Protected borders vs. Porous borders 

Why is it many Americans continue to vote for socialists, masking as democrats? Do they really want government to provide their needs from the cradle to the grave? Do they really want government to be their god? Are they too busy, cynical, or apathetic and choose to let others decide the future of their descendants? Are they too complacent, comfortable in the American Way of Life that came with a price? Too busy to be concerned for their descendants?

Maybe it is not that complicated. Perhaps they are just so shallow the socialists and their co-partners, the liberally biased media are simply taking advantage of their apathy and lack of concern? Not until the MSM is fully revealed in this deceit AND corrects itself by providing fair and balanced coverage, will “we the sheeple” finally hear both sides of every issue. Only then will the voters see exactly where the “politically correct” Democratic Party is leading America.

We witnessed from the coverage of the Republican convention (except for the major networks that ONLY covered the Democratic convention), where GOP speakers mentioned the MSM biased coverage, a few of the sheeple  were finally made aware of the biased coverage and perhaps saw not only the corrupt side of both the media and democrats, but their silent alliance with one another.

If the GOP EVER WAKES UP and begins to constantly point out this alliance of deceit and begin to unceasingly reveal this deceptive liberally biased coverage by the MSM then the MSM will have to either report on their own bias or start providing conservative coverage as well. However, if the GOP continues to leave this challenge up to Christian and conservative pundits, who primarily are ONLY "preaching to the choir," then America will continue to slide at the same rate as the number of votes Democratic candidates receive.

Therefore, should not the call to Christians and conservatives be, as much as we reveal and highlight the actions of our socialist representatives, they simply chuckle, because the MSM continues to aid and abet them by spewing their biased coverage to the sheeple.

Until “we the people” get our GOP to hear this, “we the people” will be subjects of “we the sheeple.” This may sound discouraging and nearly impossible, but consider the odds America’s Founders faced and how they confronted the fact that most Americans at that time were happy to be and remain British subjects. The price of freedom for those American British subjects made them sheeple. Sound familiar? First and foremost, those leaders and Americans who held freedom above any costs placed their reliance upon God, where “all things are possible.”

Today, the GOP, not the socialist, not the MSM, must now become our primary target of our concern for our descendants. If the GOP can continue what they started in the Republican convention, pointing out the both the impact of the Democratic plan for socialism and how the MSM aided and abets that agenda, the sheeple may begin to grasp these facts when they hear the MSM whine as they did after the convention.


Judeo-Christian Calling

When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan. Supreme Court Justice William Paterson reminding his fellow justices of Proverbs 29:2.  United States Oracle (Portsmouth, NH), May 24, 1800

The Americans are the first people whom Heaven has favored with an opportunity of deliberating upon and choosing the forms of government under which they should live. ...Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation , to select and prefer Christians for their rulers. John Jay, The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, Henry P. Johnston, ed. (New York: G.P. Putnams Sons, 1890), Vol. I, p. 161. Vol. IV, p. 365.

When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die; if you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if you warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. Ezekiel 33:8-9 (KJV)

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches. And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would that you were cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:13-16

"You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:13-16

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" - Isaiah 5:20

Impress upon children the truth that the exercise of the elective franchise is a social duty of as solemn a nature as man can be called to perform; that a man may not innocently trifle with his vote; that every elector is a trustee as well for others as himself and that every measure he supports has an important bearing on the interests of others as well as on his own. Daniel Webster, The Works of Daniel Webster (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1853), Vol. II, p. 108, from remarks made at a public reception by the ladies of Richmond, Virginia, on October 5, 1840.

“If men of wisdom and knowledge... and true republican simplicity of manners... are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation.” Samuel Adams

We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate. Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect and author (1743-1826)

Some have suggested they will not vote for certain presidential candidates their party nominates. This logic, if followed by a multitude of voters, will surely hand the presidency over to the opposing party, and the impact will not only be on social virtues, but economical as well. For example, if this were the case with Republicans, would this signify a white flag of moral virtue surrendering to secular humanistic liberals? Therefore the time to determine the party nominees has also become paramount. The field must now be weeded relatively quickly.

The government you get is the government you vote for. If you don't vote you lose permission to complain. If you want your vote to mean something - if you want to become a working member of a movement to change your government - read, think and vote. Get rid of those who violate sound principles; vote for those who will reflect sound values. Robert Kelly of Peabody is a regular contributor to the opinion pages of The Salem News. Election '06:Learn and think about what candidates for office are saying Saturday, September 16, 2006 (Also posted at http://www.cltg.org/cltg/clt2006/06-10-07.htm)


"If Virtue & Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will
never be enslav'd.  This will be their great Security."
Samuel Adams

"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote." George Jean Nathan

"A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user." Theodore Roosevelt

Politics / Legislation

"The world is a dangerous place to live -- not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." Albert Einstein

"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual...but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country." Samuel Adams

Voters don't decide issues, they decide who will decide issues ... George Will

“The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good...” James Madison

If you don't think your vote matters, think again

 

 ... ONE VOTE kept Aaron Burr from becoming president; that ONE VOTE elected Thomas Jefferson in 1800. California, Idaho, Oregon, Texas, and Washington became states by ONE VOTE. In 1941, ONE VOTE saved Selective Service just weeks before Pearl Harbor. In 1948, Lyndon B. Johnson (our 36th president), became Senator by ONE VOTE. Too many people think their vote doesn't matter. In the last national election, only half of eligible voters were registered, and only half of those registered actually voted! Estimates indicate that 24 million evangelicals are NOT registered to vote. The fact that so many Christians did not exercise their right to vote is something that has to change. We face critical issues in our nation today, and we must all do our part in choosing our leader. The future of your children and grandchildren is at stake. Remember the Scripture and vote: "....select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders" (Exodus 18:21 NASB). --A note from American Center For Law & Justice (ACLJ).

Challenging Apathy

"If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin." Samuel Adams

"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953

 

"The reason this country continues its drift toward socialism and big nanny government is because too many people vote in the expectation of getting something for nothing, not because they have a concern for what is good for the country... If children were forced to learn about the Constitution, about how government works, about how this nation came into being, about taxes and about how government forever threatens the cause of liberty perhaps we wouldn't see so many foolish ideas coming out of the mouths of silly old men." Lyn Nofziger

 

"Is there no virtue among us?  If there be not, we are in a wretched situation.  No theoretical checks-no form of government can render us secure.  To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea, if there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men. So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them." --James Madison

 

"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

 

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" --Isaiah 5:20

 

If the people fail to vote, a government will be developed which is not their government... The whole system of American Government rests on the ballot box. Unless citizens perform their duties there, such a system of government is doomed to failure. --Calvin Coolidge

 

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” --Samuel Adams

 

"When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers' let it be impressed upon your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a republican government depends upon the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted ... If a republican government fails ... it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws." And "It is the sincere desire of the writer that our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the Bible, particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion." Noah Webster

 

"Statesmen my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. ... The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a great Measure, than they have it now, They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty." John Adams

 

“Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . .it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.” James Garfield 20th President

 


Importance of Voting Compiled by David Barton

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 subject then, to be in some degree a statesman: and to examine and judge for himself of the tendencies of political principles and measures. John Adams, The Papers of John Adams, Robert J. Taylor, ed. (Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1977), Vol. 1, p. 81, from "'U' to the Boston Gazette" written on August 29, 1763.

Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual--or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country. Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1907), Vol. IV, p. 256, in the Boston Gazette on April 16, 1781.

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. Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1907), Vol. III, p. 236-237, to James Warren on November 4, 1775.

Look well to the characters and qualifications of those you elect and raise to office and places of trust. Matthias Burnett, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Norwalk, An Election Sermon, Preached at Hartford, on the Day of the Anniversary Election, May 12, 1803 (Hartford: Printed by Hudson & Goodwin, 1803), p. 27.

Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.  If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. . . . [I]f the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . . it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces. James Garfield, "A Century of Congress" published in Atlantic, July 1877.

A share in the sovereignty of the state, which is exercised by the citizens at large, in voting at elections is one of the most important rights of the subject, and in a republic ought to stand foremost in the estimation of the law. Alexander Hamilton, The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, Harold C. Syrett, ed. (New York, Columbia University Press, 1962), Vol III, pp. 544-545.

Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers. John Jay, The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, Henry P. Johnston, ed. (New York: G.P. Putnams Sons, 1890), Vol. IV, p. 365.

The Americans are the first people whom Heaven has favored with an opportunity of deliberating upon and choosing the forms of government under which they should live. John Jay, The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, Henry P. Johnston, ed. (New York: G.P. Putnams Sons, 1890), Vol. I, p. 161.

Every male citizen of the commonwealth, liable to taxes or to militia duty in any county, shall have a right to vote for representatives for that county to the legislature. Thomas Jefferson, The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, John P. Foley, ed. (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1900), p. 842.

When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan. Supreme Court Justice William Paterson reminding his fellow justices of Proverbs 29:2.  United States Oracle (Portsmouth, NH), May 24, 1800

Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights. Thomas Jefferson, The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, John P. Foley, ed. (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1900), p. 842.

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 never so good, they will endeavor to warp and spoil it to their turn. . . .[T]hough good laws do well, good men do better; for good laws may want [lack] good men and be abolished or invaded by ill men; but good men will never want good laws nor suffer [allow] ill ones. William Penn quoted from: Thomas Clarkson, Memoirs of the Private and Public Life of William Penn (London: Richard Taylor and Co., 1813) Vol. I, p.303.

The elective franchise, if guarded as the ark of our safety, will peaceably dissipate all combinations to subvert a Constitution, dictated by the wisdom, and resting on the will of the people. Thomas Jefferson, The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, John P. Foley, ed. (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1900), p. 842.

The rational and peacable instrument of reform, the suffrage of the people. Thomas Jefferson, The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, John P. Foley, ed. (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1900), p. 842.

Impress upon children the truth that the exercise of the elective franchise is a social duty of as solemn a nature as man can be called to perform; that a man may not innocently trifle with his vote; that every elector is a trustee as well for others as himself and that every measure he supports has an important bearing on the interests of others as well as on his own. Daniel Webster, The Works of Daniel Webster (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1853), Vol. II, p. 108, from remarks made at a public reception by the ladies of Richmond, Virginia, on October 5, 1840.

In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate--look to his character. Noah Webster, Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing His Education to Which is Subjoined a Brief History of the United States (New Haven: S. Converse, 1823), p. 18.

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, Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing His Education to which is subjoined a Brief History of the United States (New Haven: S. Converse, 1823), p. 19.

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 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 sqandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican 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, History of the United States (New Haven: Durrie & Peck, 1832), pp. 336-337, ¦49.

The people in general ought to have regard to the moral character of those whom they invest with authority either in the legislative, executive, or judicial branches. John Witherspoon, The Works of John Witherspoon (Edinburgh: J. Ogle, 1815), Vol. IV, p. 267.

Those who wish well to the State ought to choose to places of trust men of inward principle, justified by exemplary conversation. John Witherspoon, The Works of John Witherspoon Edinburgh: J. Ogle, 1815), Vol. IV, p. 266.


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