By Alden L. Benton
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ~George Bernard Shaw
To many, I am an unreasonable man. I believe in God, morality, and the Constitution. Being of Scots-Irish ancestry, I will not bend or bow before any earthly power and will fight to death those who would force me to do otherwise.
I believe that life, for a moral and ethical person, is really quite simple: things are either right, or they are wrong. There are no gray areas, no nuances. Right or wrong; no more, no less. This mindset enables and supports my everyday decision-making process.
I ask every moral and ethical person to consider this paradigm when deciding who will be our next president.
We will hear all manner of falsifications, misinformation, vitriol, charges, counter charges, and other useless information throughout the campaign. Ignore it! Look instead to the candidates’ records and to their public character and use your moral conscience to decide who is, or is not worthy of your support.
It is moral men and women who vote their conscience who will ultimately save America. Moreover, one’s moral compass must be the ultimate guide in selecting a president who will lead with strength and determination rooted in his own moral and ethical rectitude.
Thomas Paine once wrote,
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.”
~Thomas Paine, The Crisis, December 23, 1776
Now, 236 years later, our nation is again in crisis. The policies of the previous six decades have failed and threaten to enslave not only this generation, but generations to come.
If you believe in America, its exceptionalism, in an individual’s God-given right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness as they see fit, then you must exercise your conscience and your moral fortitude to stand against the forces bent on destroying us who are amassed at our gates.
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” ~Samuel Adams
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