Big couple of days ahead. Big votes Tuesday. Ahead of that, big responsibility to do it right.
So many of us are proud that we vote.
But what does that matter if we don't know who we are voting for beyond a label ("conservative," "liberal," "Republican," "Democrat," self-proclaimed "Constitutionalist").
As we quoted the other day in our article, "You Reap What you Vote," Patrick Henry said, "I know of no way of judging the future than by the past."
If it is a US Rep or Senator you are researching, here are the directions again to check their voting record through the Loyal 9 Constitutional-vote tracker: Click through the "Current Actions" links on the left. Scroll down each page to the letters that indicate how your legislators voted on each. You must know.
If you are researching state level offices, or would-be US Reps moving up from state level, we know that Libertas Institute in Utah and the Idaho Freedom Foundation track voting records on Constitutional issues on the state level. Libertas director Connor Boyack also suggested this link for Liberty-minded think tanks across the US that MAY provide voting records.
Other than that, here are some powerful quotes to buttress us all in the work that we do. Thank you.
The elective franchise, if guarded as the ark of our safety, will peaceably dissipate all combinations to subvert a Constitution, dictated by the wisdom, and resting on the will of the people.
“If the people fail to vote, a government will be developed which is not their government… The whole system of American Government rests on the ballot box. Unless citizens perform their duties there, such a system of government is doomed to failure.”
"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote…that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country."
"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 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."
"The punishment of wise men who refuse to take part in the government is to live under the government of worse men."
"Impress upon children the truth that the exercise of the elective franchise is a social duty of as solemn a nature as man can be called to perform; that a man may not innocently trifle with his vote; that every elector is a trustee as well for others as himself and that every measure he supports has an important bearing on the interests of others as well as on his own."
"Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote."
The hour is grave because of what we have forgotten.
And now there are two (er, three?). Did it matter which? After watching the debates, it seems being AGAINST Liberty is now a campaign technique. And the winners are . . . (not the Bill of Rights).
Target date is 2030
Take a failed issue. Give it a righteous new name. Get people begging for government salvation. Ram the details through in secrecy. Paranoid indeed.
A must read: on the surface it is about the people who work behind the scenes for Trump. More deeply, it is an expose on the way the world really works. How are we brought to believe what we believe?
FIA acquired emails document favorable treatment for favorable treatment
How do banks keep fees high and rates they pay low despite "Competition"? They're all owned by the same people.