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We need campaign finance and election reform to level the playing field and bring honest people into government. "Have we ourselves any reliance on the integrity of our representatives? Is it the best man to whom is entrusted the highest office? Is he put in office by the voice of the people, or by the political wire-pullers who have their own self-aggrandizement in view?"

A law degree should not be a prerequisite to public office. Government would be better off if it attracted fewer lawyers and more humanitarians. Lawyers "are rarely comprehensive, philosophical and progressive but rather sticklers for the specialties and forms to which they were trained and to which in their practice they confine themselves. They practice from policy to gain certain ends, and resort to all the quibbles possible to defeat their opponents. They do not practice from principles to demonstrate their justice. Consequently lawyers are not the best material for legislators."

Our politicians fail to understand that, "It is not great wealth in a few individuals that proves a country is prosperous, but great general wealth evenly distributed among the people. . . It is the struggling masses who are the foundation [of this country]; and if the foundation be rotten or insecure, the rest of the structure must eventually crumble." We must help everyone achieve prosperity in this country in order to survive, or we will fall like every great nation before us. Americans have a can do attitude. We can and will make every citizen prosperous, if we only determine to do it.

"I feel that I know that just the right woman to touch the right chord of the public sympathy and confidence--if the right woman could be found--would arouse such a tempest of popularity as the country has never seen . . . . General Washington's popularity extinguished for the moment all partisan opposition, and made the whole nation one grand fraternizing party. The advent of the first woman to the presidential chair may be the occasion of the next great national fraternization--of the jubilee of the whole people...."

We talk about the principles of our founding fathers, but what about the principles of our founding mothers? Perhaps it's time we listened.

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