But if he prostrates his high and honorable calling to base and unworthy purposes—if he makes use of the power which the people have placed in his hands for their interests to gratify his ambition, for the purpose of self-aggrandizement or pecuniary interest—if he meanly pander with demagogues, loses sight of the interest of the nation, and sacrifice the Union on the altar of sectional interests or party views, he renders himself unworthy of the dignified trust reposed in him, debases the nation in the eyes of the civilized world, and produces misery and confusion at home. “When the wicked rule, the people mourn.”
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Source: John Taylor, 1844, Documentary History of the Church 6:214. John Taylor (1808-1887) was the third President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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