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Principle 3 The Most Promising Method of Securing a Virtuous and Morally Stable People Is to Elect Virtuous Leaders

Principle 3 The Most Promising Method of Securing a Virtuous and Morally Stable People Is to Elect Virtuous Leaders

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Published by: Denise Gibel Molini on Oct 07, 2009
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Principle 3 - The most promising method of securing a virtuous people is to electvirtuous leaders.
"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will securethe liberty and happiness of a people whose manners areuniversally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who ... will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man." - Samuel Adams
 The other day I was watching CNN and the commentators were talking about howwe are more forgiving of the Hollywood Celebrities indiscretions, than we are of ourrepresentatives in Washington. The idea that we compare our HollywoodCelebrities with our those in whose trust we place our lives says it all. The mediahas turned us into mindless sheep. We believe what we see on the boob tube. Weare a nation that has become lazy, fat, and uneducated. And the politicians,advertisers, bankers and everyone else who wants our money or our votes – loveus that way.
We do not seek virtue or honesty in our leaders, how could we? We no longerseriously value it in ourselves. We placed virtue and morals into the category of things to which we aspire. If we were educated, or, if we did have moral andvirtuous leaders in Washington, leaders who were there as public servants for noreason other than to best represent the needs of the American people, we wouldnot have a healthcare problem. If we had the type of representatives that ourfounding fathers were, and intended us to have, no corporation or bankinginstitution could ever get away with any actions that were not in the best interest of the Citizens of the country. There would be no lobbyists in Washington if this wasthe American of our founding fathers. There would be no interest that stoodbetween our representatives and us. Those who ran for office would do so for thesame reason as one who joins the peace corp., to serve the greater good, as acalling. Our founding fathers considered politics a Divine Science, in this country itwas a calling from God and they treated it, at great expense to themselves, as such. Today, with the problems existing in healthcare, it has been said that if there is nogreat profit in medicine, we will no longer have doctors. This is insane. There havealways been doctors or healers as far back as history. Once, to be a healer was aspiritual calling. Later, although not spiritual, it was still a calling to heal. If being adoctor were no longer a high paying career, there would be a different kind of doctor practicing medicine. A doctor would be one who felt a calling in his heart toheal. This is no different from any other calling. We see our soldiers who servetheir country for little pay. There are police and firefighters who find it their callingto serve and protect, some come from generations with the same calling. Teachersare called to educate the young leaders and citizens of the future for so little moneyit is shameful, but still – they teach.Ministers, who for the generally make only enough to live on, still feel called toserve God and His children. There is no shortage, regardless of what we want tobelieve, of men and women who feel the need to be of service to their
fellowhuman beings.
 John and Samuel Adams both sacrificed their fortunes to serve inpublic office. George Washington did not take the pay for his position as President,although his plantation had been wiped out by the Revolutionary war. The foundingfathers believed that one of the most important pillars of the Constitution was thevirtue of those who would be elected to enforce it.Imagine for a moment, that teachers were elected. In order for the voters to knowwhat the teacher was about, she would need to pay for TV time and advertising toreach the people and get the votes. This would cost money. So, the teacher of your children would have to make deals with whoever had the money to pay for theexposure necessary to be elected. This would mean that if they wanted to beelected for another year, they would have no choice but to teach your children whattheir contributors wanted taught. Regardless of how well meaning the teacher wasinitially, it would no longer be feasible for a teacher to take what was best for your
children into account. The only thing that the teacher would worry about wasteaching your children in a way that pleased whoever had to be pleased to raise thefunds for the next election. The founding fathers knew the dangers of corporateinvolvement.
"Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on doesnot constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains." Thomas Jefferson
 The way that you would feel about the education of your children being determinedby whoever chose to pay for the means to be elected, is the way that our foundingfathers felt about those who were chosen to represent the people in Washington. They believed very deeply that there should be no monetary incentive to become apublic servant, and that is what our congressmen are
 , public servants
. Not onlyour congressional representatives, but also our governors, mayors, councilmembers, and all officials elected to represent our interests. Those who servedafter the signing of the Constitution did so as a sacred calling. The founding fathersdid not consider these principles to be simply ‘good ideas’, they considered theseprinciples to be the mortar that held the bricks of the Republic together. Self-government requires virtuous citizens and then virtuous leaders. Trusting men andor women to represent us in Washington, or even in our local city hall is muchworse, and more profoundly destructive than leaving a gang of thieves to guard ourmost prized possessions. And what is more valuable than one’s life and liberty? Yet, we know that long before our representatives reach the polls, they
have beenforced to sell their services
to corporations or special interests in order to evenbe considered for election.

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