by: Steven Bowcut, CPP, PSP
Each presidential candidate in this election, whether Republican or Democrat, brings with them various skills, attributes,and preconceived notions. How will we sort through the political clamor to determine who would provide the best security for our nation?
If you thought this article was going to give you the name of the candidate that would offer the most security for America if elected, well, don’t be disappointed for undoubtedly you wouldn’t believe it anyway. Each voter must make this assessment individually. The purpose of this article is to give you two criteria you should use to make that assessment. So, since you’ve come this far anyway, please read on!
WARNING! Please be advised that his article contains graphic language. Words such as God, Religion, and Morality are used. If you are offended by such language, please turn away now and return your attention to the latest Sons of Anarchy episode.
In addition to securing for each individual the free exercise of conscience our government is responsible to enact and hold inviolate laws that will ensure protection of life and property. In a word: Security.
Our government was instituted of God for the benefit of man; and God holds men accountable for their acts in relation to the government, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society. But don’t take my word for it. Ask John Adams, a Founding Father of the United States, who declared, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Our Founding Fathers, the very framers of our Constitution, believed that the government they were creating was only adequate for a moral and religious people. A people with high moral standards that believe and act as if they are accountable to God as well as their fellow man. They believed that freedom is inextricably linked to our morality.
You might argue that religious beliefs are outdated, old fashioned, and not relevant to today’s modern world. To argue that is to argue that our Constitution and form of government is likewise outdated. One can’t rabidly defend their favorite Constitutional Amendment unless they are willing to acknowledge that our Constitution and form of government still applies to today’s circumstances.
Am I suggesting that religiosity should be used as a gauge to determine who the best presidential candidate will be? Nope!
But, I am suggesting that he or she that is most willing to protect the right of this people to believe in God, and act accordingly, will most certainly be the best candidate in 2016.
To be a good political leader you don’t necessarily need to be a highly religious person – although it might help – but you must understand how our government works, including the fact that it was designed for and only works well for a religious people that are beholding to a higher power.
A moral citizenry will be informed and participate in civic and political activities and will be actively engaged in worthy causes to improve their communities and make them wholesome places in which to live and rear families.
An amoral citizenry will always seek to get more from the government than they are willing to give. They will be myopic in their political views, continually asking “what’s in it for me?” They will quickly deny others the same rights they claim for themselves.
No nation past or present can preserve basic rights and security to its people without a moral foundation. The candidate that understands this, and will encourage this moral foundation, will be the best leader.
Thomas Jefferson, another one of our Founding Fathers, believed in the voice of the people, saying, “It is rare that the public sentiment decides immorally or unwisely, and the individual who differs from it ought to distrust and examine his own opinion.”
Judicial Activism, invariably, and Presidential Executive Orders, often, are contrary to the will of the people. If this were not so there would be little need for either. Technology exists such that we can know the will of the people quickly and accurately. Political leaders that believe the people are too unsophisticated or too weak willed to understand the issues by which they should be governed underestimate the American people and thwart the very form of government we hold dear.
The American people are capable of doing hard things and making good decisions. Inform them, accurately, without political bias and then listen to them. The ability and willingness to do this is the second criteria that should be used when selecting a candidate to vote for.
As you assess each candidate leading up to next year’s election, do so with courage. The coward’s way out is to blindly cling to party lines and insist that whatever the “other party” says must be wrong no matter what it is and whatever “my party” says is therefore right.
Have the courage to examine each candidate’s position on important issues and contrast that against their track record (if they have a political history) for promoting a religious and moral society and for listening to the will of the people. It doesn’t matter their religion, or if they have one, rather do they understand that our security is inextricably connected to our morality and do they believe in us, the people?
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