[Aslan rocks! – JS]
… in a Democratic Republic, the country gets exactly the leaders it deserves.
Webster admonished, "When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands that you 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 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 and disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws."
President James Garfield reiterated this same point, noting, "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 qualities to represent them in the national legislature…If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces."…
America is full of pride and has attempted to function without God and outside of His commands. Its politicians have only been a reflection of this fact. But if wholesale repentance doesn't take place – if the nation doesn't listen to the beckoning of its better angels and return to its religious moorings - getting back on the right track – it may roar and claim to be the king of the jungle - even in the face of the Almighty Himself – but it will suffer the beating of its life – one where freedom may not survive.