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Politicians Promises & MoneyPosted Monday, September 24, 2012, at 1:07 PM
I've heard it said that you're not supposed to talk about religion or politics at a gathering. If you think about it, religion and politics affect just about every aspect of our lives.
Whenever someone calls me or wants to talk to me about my vote or giving a contribution for their candidate, I tell them I make my donations to my state political party.
As far as my vote goes, I do a little research and compare what a candidate in office has done. I listen to others running for office and try to get a feel for what they are all about. I also tell them that to get my vote the candidate has to live up to the two mottos on our state flag.
What they usually reply? Yea, that's what I said.
On The Missouri State Flag you will see our state seal and the shield. This shield is encircled by a belt inscribed with the motto, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall."
I believe that should be the attitude of every citizen is this state and in this country. The bears stand atop a scroll bearing the state motto, "Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto," which means, "Let The Welfare Of The People Be The Supreme Law."
The power and meaning of our state motto escapes most people, because it's written is Latin. I've actually asked state officials if they knew what it meant, and the majority said no. Maybe that's why things seem to be going as the are in both our senate and representative chambers here in Missouri and in Washington, D.C.
I believe that all candidates and politicians should be required to take an oath pledging to fulfill those two mottos. And for those who do end up in Congress, remember we also have a state saying, "I'm From Missouri You'll Have To Show Me."
I'm John Q. What do you think?
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Larry Maxwell is a retired businessman who often writes about topics related to faith and religion.