49. 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 a republican 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 squandered 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. Intriguing men can never be safely trusted. (Noah Webster’s Advice to the Young and Moral Catechism, pgs. 36-37)
Great quote from Mr. Webster. He is certainly correct; it is incumbent upon all of us to do our duty and vote righteously.
Now for an update on my campaign. I just found out yesterday that it is now official that Bedford and Botetourt are back in the Central Region for now. That means that, rather than my needing delegates in Roanoke and Roanoke City (in the Southern Region of the Sixth District,) I need delegates in the Central Region, which includes Lynchburg, Bedford, Amherst, Botetourt, Lexington, and Rockbridge, among others. (By the way, thanks to all of the folks in the Roanoke area who were helping me. I really appreciate it.)
The Lynchburg and Bedford mass meetings are coming up very soon. Click here for an earlier post with information on those two meetings. If you can, please come out for these meetings, get appointed as delegates to the Sixth District Convention on May 5, 2012, and vote for me for Central Region Vice Chairman. Its a great chance to follow Mr. Webster’s Advice to the Young!