Virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. (George Washington, 1st president of the United States)

In the confusion of this election year, we would do well to heed Washington’s advice. It’s often difficult to evaluate public statements offered by politicians when so much is at stake. We need not only to hear their words carefully but also to evaluate their personal history and experience. Past performance will reveal the nature of their integrity and character.

My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion. … Judgment wins favor. … Speak up and judge fairly (Proverbs 3:21; 13:15; 31:19)