Before I was a Christian, I was an American. I was raised with a sober hope in our system of government; a hope rooted in the rule of law and respect for our founding principles. That hope still burns, though it’s flame can only be maintained by leaders who:
Accept the will of the people as expressed in free and open elections.
Recognize that more U.S. citizens voting is good for the Republic.
Honor those in uniform; take seriously their professional advice and then lead with the best interest of U.S. citizens and our international partners in mind.
Respect their elected office as an honored servant, rejecting all means of personal advancement, promotion, or profit.
Honor the primacy of state and local governments, pursuant to their local knowledge and affection for their constituents.
Hold an unwavering loyalty to all U.S. citizens regardless of partisanship, race or naturalization.
Operate exclusively within constitutional limits even if it means removal from power.
Possess a singular and inspiring morality which supports every sphere of life.
Any American worthy of elected office could and should be held to these standards.
Within these boundaries is breathtaking room for varied personal styles, policies, temperaments, ideologies and demographics.
To my fellow voters: I call on you to hold these American virtues in first priority as you exercising your franchise. A republic built upon individuals of character, cannot fall.