“Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.” President James A. Garfield [also preacher during the 2nd Great Awakening]
Thomas Jefferson finished with eloquence and the high call of duty to God when he closed the Declaration of Independence with these famous words: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
The Founding Fathers boldly signed this document knowing full well that it was an act of treason against England, and knowing that the penalty was death by hanging. One of the more elderly signers, Stephen Hopkins, said as he signed, “My hand trembles, but my heart does not.” He spoke for them all.
And all of the signers did indeed pay with their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to one extent or another. Some to the extreme. John Hart of Trenton, New Jersey, returned surreptitiously to his home during the Revolutionary war only to find that his wife had been buried and his 13 children taken away. He never saw them again. Mr. Hart died a broken man only a few years later.
Our generation is debtor to the Founding Fathers and the price that they and their families paid. It is our duty to carry the torch handed down to us from our fathers and grandfathers. It is our duty to preserve our Republic by voting for men and women who hold most closely to those principles and virtues that we believe were handed to us by God.
Let’s be faithful to hand the torch to the next generation.
We hope to see you in the voting booth on Election Day. It’s a small price to pay.
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