What a spectacular day is would be if we could have a President of the United States who might include in his inaugural address something such as this lesson on government:

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned–this is the sum of good government.

Oh what would it be like if the President believed it essential that the federal government were to practice these principles:

Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none; the support of the state governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns and the surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies (that is small a “r” for principles republican government, not the Republican Party); the preservation of the general government in its whole Constitutional vigor, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad.

Such a President would review his first few years in office and write:

A noiseless course, not meddling with the affairs of others, unattractive of notice, is a mark that society is going on in happiness. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.

This President had clearly understood what what another President would put so succinctly: “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem”.

Nothing would better represent America than to have a person of such honor in the White House that they would incur considerable personal debt entertaining guests, including official representatives of foreign governments! For someone like this would not be bitter, but would cheerfully share after his Presidency that he had “added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands as clean as they are empty”. What a tremendous example from the highest office in the land, to take on debt in a effort to ensure there was no doubt as to his honesty and integrity with the people’s money!

It is possible in our horribly degraded, selfish, and immoral society to find such a person as this, one who would serve the people out of duty rather than self-aggrandizement? I do not know, but when I find him, I will surely support him. Until that day, my heart is attached to the hope of that once found in days past.