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We have to ask, “Are these people America’s finest leaders?”

“In a development not seen in any modern presidential contest, more than half of all voters hold unfavorable views of the two major party candidates and large majorities say neither is honest and trustworthy.”

—NY Times, July 14, 2016

The public discourse rants against the two political parties, the “corrupt system”, “big money”, PACs and Super PACs, and more often than not, our public outrage is aimed directly at Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton.

But the United States of America is built on the principle that her citizens, collectively possess the nation’s ultimate power.

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So as a citizen, I have to look in the mirror and ask, “What did you do to ensure that our most honorable, courageous, intelligent, competent people are running for my nation’s highest office?”

My answer, pathetically, is “Not much.”

Going to the polls and marking a ballot is not enough. But I don’t have time (or the inclination) to invest my energies in political activism. So I sit on the sidelines and allow the “professionals” to take over my life and rule over me and my neighbors.

Who’s responsible? Me. Us. The ranters and complainers, the talk-radio callers, Facebook posters, opinion page writers, all hollering into the either, to no avail.

We have no-one to blame but us apathetic citizens.

So this year, I have decided that neither major political party is worthy of my efforts. I will however take some of my precious time to participate in a national organization that reflects my views.

And I will join with my fellow Christian believers to seek our LORD’s “concurring aid” in the leadership of the United States of America.

From Doctor Benjamin Franklin:

“We have been assured, sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel; we shall be divided by our little partial, local interests, our projects will be confounded and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to future ages. And, what is worse, mankind may hereafter, from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing government by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war, or conquest.”