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Brigham Young’s Counsel – For President, Choose a Person Who Will Sustain Civil and Religious Liberty

Are we a political people? Yes, very political indeed. But what party do you belong to or would you vote for? I will tell you whom we will vote for: we will vote for the man who will sustain the principles of civil and religious liberty, the man who knows the most and who has the best heart and brain for a statesman; and we do not care a farthing whether he is a whig, a democrat, a barn-burner, a republican, a new light or anything else. These are our politics.

A Sin to Vote for Wicked Men. We engage in the election the same as in any other principle; you are to vote for good men, and if you do not do this it is a sin; to vote for wicked men, it would be sin. Choose the good and refuse the evil. Men of false principles have preyed upon us like wolves upon helpless lambs. Damn the rod of tyranny; curse it. Let every man use his liberties according to the Constitution. Don’t fear man or devil; electioneer with all people, male and female, and exhort them to do the thing that is right. We want a President of the U. S., not a party President, but a President of the whole people; for a party President disfranchises the opposite party. Have a President who will maintain every man in his rights.

I believe we should take Brigham Young at his word.  That is “it is a sin to vote for a wicked man,” and ” vote for the man who will sustain the principles of civil and religious liberty.”  The problem we face when we apply this counsel to our current situation, is that it eliminates every single candidate!  There is not one who is currently running for the office of President who qualifies under those requirements.  We should prayerfully consider what course is the right course for us to take, given these unfortunate circumstances.  Perhaps, the answer is outside the box, as it were.