Letter to the editor: Join me in November and cast your ballot for character | SummitDaily.com

Letter to the editor: Join me in November and cast your ballot for character

“Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

“I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside me.” — Abraham Lincoln

I have seen a lot in my 72 years that has tested us as Americans: Korea, the bomb, Sputnik, Khrushchev at the U.N., the Cuban missile crisis, presidential assassination, the Freedom Riders, Vietnam, Kent State, George Wallace, personally staring down East Germans across a barbed wire-lined tank trap, Watts, Rodney King, the Arab oil embargo and 9/11 to name a few.

During all this, I never doubted American ideals and freedom would survive.  I’m no longer sure of that fact. In November, our nation faces a struggle for its soul. It’s a struggle we and future generations can’t afford to lose.

“Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids.” — Aristotle

Never before has our country so needed men and women of character in public office at all levels of government. I believe this to be the defining moment in history for this generation. Will you join me in November and cast your ballot for character?

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