"When you become entitled to exercise their right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God [Exodus 18:21]. The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of his duty. . .
. . . If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled man in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made not for the public good so much as for selfish or 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 or disregarded. . .
. . . If a Republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands and elect bad men that make and administer the laws.
In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. It is alleged by men of loose principles or defective views of the subject that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the Scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men "who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness" [Exodus 18:21]. . .
. . .It is to the neglect of this rule of conduct in our citizens that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, peculations [white-collar larceny], and embezzlement of public property which astonish even ourselves, which tarnish the character of our country, which disgrace a Republican government."