Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. If the next centennial does not find us a great nation it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces. -President James Garfield, 1876
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. -Proverbs 14:34
Thanks to my friend, Ken Sibley, for these quotes.