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In March 1881, Republican James Garfield was sworn in as president No. 20. In September 1881, he was killed. At some point he had stated, 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 is intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high 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.

If we want different national policies, it is up to us, the citizens, not the leaders. Proof of this came in five separate U.S. Senate races in 1986. The five candidates who stood for returning godly principles to public affairs were defeated by a collective total of only 57,000 votes — less than 12,000 votes per state. Yet in those five states, there were over 25 million Christians who did not even vote.

John Jay, America's first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, stated — Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers. It is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their leaders, amen.

Darrell Cariveau

Coos Bay

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