Gratitude for government

How can we support innate integrity and goodness in our leaders? What about prayer for our country and those who govern it?

"If I'm elected, I will. ..." We've all heard these speeches. They're usually pretty stereotyped. This one wasn't. As I recall, it went like this:

"How can I ever thank you! This is the first time in my political career I have ever been honored for doing something just because I thought it was right. I will never forget this day, and I give you my solemn word that if I am elected to Congress, I will always strive to serve you from my highest sense of right."

A group of grateful women had just dramatically launched the speaker's campaign for the United States Congress with a rally (in the form of a political tea party). Several hundred guests were there. They all were aware that when he was a city councilman, his vote and courageous stand on a community issue of great importance to them had been the key factor that enabled the case to go in their favor. In appreciation they were extending the hand of friendship and political support to him in the coming election.

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January 23, 1989

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