“In Adam’s fall,
we sin-ned all.”
So the children of colonial America began their ABC lessons. The doctrine of original sin imbibed in their youth reappears in the political philosophy of the Founders, who wrote,
“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”
Because people are flawed, they reasoned, and in this we humans are indeed equal, no one of us can be trusted with unlimited power of rule. And so they proceeded to design a very limited form of government, checked, balanced, divided, and restrained by the Constitution and the very human nature of office-holders. These limits on government left space for freedom of the people to do good, to follow conscience, to use their property and their liberty to sustain the lives of themselves and their families.
I believe this foundation is still the best rule of law, and applying it is my purpose in going to Lansing. I ask for your help with my campaign, and for your vote in the August 2nd Primary. Should I be elected, I request that you follow my votes and hold me accountable to this standard.