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"... you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness ... and let them judge the people..." - Exodus 18:21,22
"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan" - Prov. 29:2.
"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people" - Prov. 14:34
"...For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God ... For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same. For he is God's minister to you for good ... an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil." - Romans 13:1-4
"I exhort ... that supplications, prayers, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence." - 1 Timothy 2:2
Consider the importance that many of our founding fathers and former rulers attached to voting for candidates of high moral character who respect God and His word. (Most of these quotations can be found in the book Original Intent, by David Barton.)
(Second president of the United States, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Member of the Continental Congress, Vice President under George Washington)
[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.]
(Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Member of Continental Congress, Governor of Massachusetts)
[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.]
[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.]
(Twentieth President of the United States, US Senator, Member of US House of Representatives)
[James A. Garfield, The Works of James Abram Garfield, Burke Hinsdale, editor (Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883), Vol. II, pp. 486, 489, "A Century of Congress," July, 1877.]
(First Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, President and Member of the Continental Congress, co-author of the Federalist Papers)
[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.]
(US Senator, US Representative, US Secretary of State)
[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.]
(Author of the American Dictionary of the English Language)
[Noah Webster, History of the United States (New Haven: Durrie & Peck, 1832), pp. 336-337.]
(Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Member of the Continental Congress)
[John Witherspoon, The Works of John Witherspoon Edinburgh: J. Ogle, 1815), Vol. IV, pp. 266, 277.]
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