“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” –Benjamin Franklin.

Virtue is perhaps our most important and least appreciated principle of government. Our Constitution provides that our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are God-given. By attempting to remove God from our society, we are declaring that it is the government who gives us our rights. If we permit government the ‘power’ to grant us our rights, government will also have the power to take them away.

President Obama’s policies of the last 6 years have only aided our nation’s indifference. The moral truths established and protected in our Constitution are under direct assault.

In Washington, as I did in Oklahoma, I will not compromise my principles for political favors or allow political pressure to cripple my conscience. My love for this country and its constitution have been steeled in battle. I will lead. As I did with my soldiers, I will put the interests of the people before my own. America is in peril and we need leaders who will fight for the freedoms we cherish today to preserve them for our children tomorrow. As Oklahoma’s 5th District Congressman, I will continue to be that kind of leader.

Steve Russell was a member of the U.S. Army.  Use of this military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.