As I voted today, a little old man wandered into the Registrar of Voters, escorted by his son. His hat caught my eye, as it proudly displayed “Pearl Harbor Survivor“. The son sat his elderly father down in a chair and went to retrieve the voting documents, as the war hero sat, quietly smiling and observing his surroundings.
After voting, I walked over to the men and thanked the war hero for serving his country. It struck me that this patriot, who survived a terrorist attack almost sixty-nine years ago, giving his all for his country, was still fighting the good fight and voting. What a tremendous example to us today.
What would those who have given their lives for our country, spanning the last two hundred thirty-four years, think of the morals and politics of 2010? Is the blood that was shed for freedom and liberty crying out in praise or pain over the direction of our Nation?
So many times we must settle for the better of two evils, because the best has not risen to the top of the candidate heap; but what are we doing daily to promote morality that will have a lasting effect on America? Getting the best candidates in office, voting for or against propositions and being involved in this great democracy to steer it in the direction of freedom and liberty is crucial, however, our daily choices as citizens have a greater effect on this nation, than one man or woman elected to a political office. The politician may be our voice, but “We the People” are the arms and legs that move this nation toward or away from its moral foundation. Our movement has been at a sprint like speed, away from morality and religion, so we must make an effort to return to the heights from which we have fallen.
”Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” ~ John Adams
We are no longer a moral and religious people. We are religious in name only and because of this, we have no moral compass. If what John Adams says is in fact true, then our Constitution is inadequate for this nation. So do we re-write the Constitution, a document that has been the example for so many countries around the world, or do we change the people?
Daniel Webster (1782-1852) — United States Senator from Massachusetts and Secretary of State stated:
No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.
To preserve the government we must also preserve morals. Morality rests on religion; if you destroy the foundation, the superstructure must fall. When the public mind becomes vitiated and corrupt, laws are a nullity and constitutions are waste paper.
Vote, for it is one’s civic duty; but live a life that demands morality and upholds religion, for this is in fact what will secure “the rights and privileges of a free people.”