Elect Good and Honest Men.

Called Unto Liberty, Brigham Young, 19th Century Sermons

The welfare of the people they do not consider. What will be the best policy to pursue for the good of the people at large is not in all their thoughts.

Let the people see to it that they get righteous men to be their leaders, who will labour with their hands and administer to their own necessities, sit in judgment, legislate, and govern in righteousness; and officers that are filled with peace; and see to it that every man that goes forth among the people as a travelling officer is full of the fear of the Lord, and would rather do right at a sacrifice than do wrong for a reward.

. . . We want men to rule the nation who care more for and love better the nation’s welfare than gold and silver, fame, or popularity . . . .

Let the people lay the foundation for carrying out the Republican Government which was instituted by our fathers, instead of maintaining a government of anarchy, confusion, and strife . . . .

If the Government knew what the wants of the people were, they would take away the salaries of political demagogues, and stop their running and their stump preaching, from one end of the land to the other, to make proselytes to their cause. This would have a tendency to put an end to party names, to party jealousies, and to party conflicts forever. And the people should concentrate their feelings, their influence, and their faith, to select the best man they can find to be their President, if he has nothing more to eat than potatoes and salt—a man who will not aspire to become greater than the people who appoint him, but be contented to live as they live, be clothed as they are clothed, and in every good thing be one with them.

Source: Brigham Young, 1854, Journal of Discourses, Volume 7:12-3. Brigham Young (1801-1877) served as second President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was the founder of Salt Lake City, and first governor of Utah Territory.

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