Our Founders knew that for a government to "get it right," it first has to be filled with people who are "right and good." They knew that morality and religion are essential buttresses of a good and free government. As George Washington once said, "a good moral character is the first essential in a man." Patrick Henry wrote: "The great pillars of all government and of social life (are) virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor ... and this alone, that renders us invincible." And Charles Carroll of Carrollton, who signed the Declaration of Independence on behalf of Maryland, similarly wrote, "Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure ... are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments."
Our Founders had it right in the beginning, and we can, too, if we follow their footsteps. Good government is created and sustained only when we discern and elect character before charisma and promised political carrots.
That is why I endorsed Mike Huckabee a few years ago in the presidential race -- because I believed, before anything else, that he is a man of integrity, someone who means what he says and says what he means. I trust his word. And right now, he is encouraging all of us in Texas to ensure the vote for Ken Paxton, who is looking to become the next speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. I echo Mike's concern to rally citizens in local districts to call their state representatives and encourage them to vote for Ken.
As Mike and Huck PAC wrote, "soon to start his fifth term in office, Ken has twice been named 'Texas Taxpayer Hero' by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. Ken proudly believes in the sanctity of life, and supporting conservative family values like traditional marriage between one man and one woman. Ken recognizes that the matters of social issues directly impact our economy, and I'm confident having Ken's conservative voice lead the new Texas House of Representatives will result in some great accomplishments." The vote takes place Jan. 11.
On Nov. 2, many decent, good, law-abiding and God-fearing men and women were elected, in and outside Washington. And it is this moral momentum in appointing leaders that we must continue. So be active in local elections, as well as national ones, and be mindful that our representatives are often electing their own leaders, so they need our feedback then, too.
In the end, the question isn't only whether the 112th Congress finally will get it right; it's also whether we the people finally have gotten it right by appointing good and morally upright people to leadership positions all across our land.