Honesty And Character Is Key When Voting For Public Servants

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

My intention here is not to support or tear down any candidate. I commend those in our community that have been willing to run for public office. I want to encourage everyone to take the time to vote in the upcoming  elections.  

Americans paid a high price during our nation's early history because they realized the importance of liberty. We have what so many people envy in this world: the chance to choose our leaders by simply marking a ballot.  

It is very appealing to vote for someone who will pledge to "create jobs," " fight for fairness" and "promise" almost anything to gain a vote. Many love to tout their family history, business accomplishments and past voting record which are definitely valid attributes to be considered when voting.  

However, I look for honesty and character as the paramount quality in a public servant. We live in a world that thrives when people tell the truth and treat others with respect. Our government is strengthened when voters elect men and women who have a trustworthy reputation. Leaders who truly want to serve people and know our Constitution is a condition for anyone seeking my vote.  

In the coming years our leadership at all levels will have to deal with very important and profound issues from our rising debt to immigration. I believe we all want leaders that will govern in an impartial manner, but these types of people need our support in order for this to become reality.  

I concur with our 26th President Theodore Roosevelt when he stated, "Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike." Do you believe that? Let us vote for candidates that have proven their character by how they live their lives. I believe that people in our community are smart and will determine the people of true character who will partner with We The People to improve our communities for generations.

Montague Hicks III
East Brainerd

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