“Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.” William E. Simon

Those are very relevant words by the late Secretary of the Treasury of both the Nixon and Ford Administrations.

Our greatest gift from our Constitution is our right to vote. The greatness in the gift is that it comes from God, not from man. We have indeed been “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Liberty is not a gift from man, nor does it come from our constitution. Our constitution is merely a covenant, a contract between the elected and the represented. More American blood as been spilled in the preservation of liberty than for any other cause. It has been spilled not only on our continent or for our country, but around the world and for other countries.

My son gave his life for the safety of our country and also for the country of Iraq. Eddie wrote the following in his article “Freedom Feels Good”:

The Iraqis are capable of free government but we cannot call it quits because we think they aren’t. Someone has to believe in them, someone has to help them out; someone has to provide the example. We are showing it to them. Some have taken it, many haven’t, but it will spread…because freedom feels good.

The whole world is watching us. If we choose not to vote, will the whole world continue to believe in us? The pundits were excitedly describing the massive GOP voter turnout here in Florida and statewide it was 41.7%, the largest turnout was in Lee County with 57.4% and the lowest was in Dixie County it was 29.5%. In comparison, estimates for Iraqi voter turnout in the parliamentary elections in January 2005 were estimated to be near 70%.

I quoted Charles Finney in my book about our Christian duty to vote:

Charles G. Finney, the great 19th Century revivalist credited with spearheading the Second Great Awakening in America, said this about Christians participating in politics:

“The church must take right ground in regard to politics . . . The time has come for Christians to vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics, or the Lord will curse them . . . God cannot sustain this free and blessed country that we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are part of religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to God . . . God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.

Some will say that there are not any honest men running in the primaries and that may be true, but to overcome the issue of not wanting to vote for the “lesser of two evils”, may I recommend you do what Frank Salvato has written about in his latest editorial?

Why don’t we vote for the better candidate?

To all the states involved in Super Tuesday: the whole world is watching.

No pressure…exercise your right to vote. It was bought with blood.