Kimball was Right– Get Involved

I stumbled across a quote from a 20th century religious leader named J. Golden Kimball. He was quite a character. Apparently well known for his flowery language left over from his "cowboy days" and an ability to relate to the common man with practical experience and advice.

Here’s the quote:

"I want to tell you that… I have my franchise, and my citizenship, and I have my vote, and I have a right to cast it. And if every single man or woman that is entitled to their franchise, instead of going and howling after the trouble is over, would shake themselves and realize that they are members of this great nation and great State, and go… and cast their ballot, I tell you mighty few dishonest men would find their way into our State and into the offices. But it is your fault, because we do not do our duty as American citizens."

In this day and age of political marginalization, there is only one course of correction. That course is for the people to get involved and to exercise their rights in the political process. I believe this is especially true of state and local government.

Until the people stop complaining, change themselves, and get involved, we will continue to see dishonest men and women in political office. After all, they don’t elect themselves.

Facebook Comments
About T. Arthur Mason 394 Articles
T. Arthur Mason is a native North Dakotan who has spent nearly all of his life in the Peace Garden State. As the third of four children in Western North Dakota, Mason grew to appreciate family and the outdoors. Some of his fondest memories are annual deer hunts with family and friends. In his early teenage years, faith became a central part of T. Arthur Mason's life. He and the majority of his family attend church together on a weekly basis and find this a fulfilling aspect of their lives. Through the influence of his father, T. Arthur Mason became intrigued with politics. As a boy, he attended political events with his father and enjoyed the friendships that resulted as a byproduct of those political associations. As Mason grew older, he became convinced that the quote often attributed to Thomas Jefferson was true, "That government is best which governs least." Today, T. Arthur Mason enjoys time with his wife and children, an occasional hunt, and an increasingly active life on the political scene. This blog is the fulfillment of a dream to design a web site in the realm of politics and to advocate for the principles of Liberty and constitutionally limited government. On behalf of all those that contribute to The Minuteman, we hope you enjoy your time on the site and will share the message with others.