"[I]f the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted." --Noah Webster
Noah Webster was not just a great lexicographer, he had an astute political mind. Although seemingly trite, his observation that a government full of unprincipled men must lead to corruption is very astute. That men and women who run for office can leave principles behind in light of political or personal advantage is no surprise, but voting for a principled, honest politician has vexed American voters for generations. Why is this so? Are not the politicians simply an reflection of the people? Perhaps principled government is hard to come by because we as a people have forgotten our principles and history. The studies reveal that our citizenry is poorly informed of even the most basic tenants of our Constitution - is it no wonder that those who ask for our votes are often unmoored from it? This is why initiatives like Patriot Week and books like America's Survival Guide are indispensable to preserving our liberty. Save the republic - educate yourself and your family and vote accordingly.