Illegal Campaign Signs Say a Lot about Candidates
What could be a more important consideration for suitable characteristics of a candidate for public office than their knowledge and integrity? A reliable indicator of this is, “Have they taken the trouble to determine the city and county regulations concerning campaign signs?” Do they and their supporters care enough to abide by those regulations, or do they just ignore them because others have violated the law?
Again this year we have candidates scattering their signs illegally on public road rights of way, on public and private property without permission. This has proven to be a good indicator that we get what we vote for. It’s an indicator that overrides their promises, their campaign fliers and speeches.
"In a president, character is everything. A president doesn't have to be brilliant... He doesn't have to be clever; you can hire clever... You can hire pragmatic, and you can buy and bring in policy wonks. But you can't buy courage and decency, you can't rent a strong moral sense. A president must bring those things with him... He needs to have, in that much maligned word, but a good one nonetheless, a "vision" of the future he wishes to create.. But a vision is worth little if a president doesn't have the character-- the courage and heart-- to see it through.
"GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732-1799)
"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder."
JOHN ADAMS (1735-1826)
The people "have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge-- I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers."
DWIGHT EISENHOWER (1890-1969)
The qualities of a great man are "vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character."
CALVIN COOLIDGE (1872-1933)
"Character is the only secure foundation of the state."
LYNDON JOHNSON (1908-1973)
"The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character."
WOODROW WILSON (1856-1924)
"If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish prig."
THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858-1919)
"Americanism is a question of principle, of purpose, of idealism, of character. It is not a matter of birthplace or creed or line of descent."
JAMES MADISON (1751-1836)"Respect for character is always diminished in proportion to the number among whom the blame or praise is to be divided."Arguing against a large lower house in a debate at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, PA, 1787.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN"Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.:"I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside me."