Why We Started
We love our country and are deeply concerned with the direction it is taking. We understand the importance of determining which party will be in power. But, we are most concerned about which person will be in power.
What is the moral character of that person? Is he truthful? How does he treat people? Does he
acknowledge differences and treat others with respect? Is there an effort to be inclusive?
Do we want our children and grandchildren to be like that person?
Answering these questions, despite being lifelong Republicans - with no love for certain
portions of the Democratic party platform - we will be voting for Joe Biden in November.
Judge Daniel A. Barker, Ret.
On June 8, 2020, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which we are members, issued a joint statement, linked here. The statement came in the aftermath of the “senseless, heinous act of violence that needlessly took the life of George Floyd.”
The joint statement exemplifies the principles that we hope will take hold in our politics, our political discussions and our communities today. And what are those principles? The NAACP's and the Church’s description of their own relationship exemplifies them:
A “deep respect for one another.”
The willingness to “do the rigorous work of building bridges of cooperation rather than walls of segregation and alienation.”
The understanding that “America is great because she is good.”
Again, despite being Republicans, as we consider each candidate's character and personal attributes, we believe the Democratic candidate is significantly better qualified to exemplify and provide leadership based on these principles than the Republican candidate.
We do not suggest that either the Church or the NAACP endorses our position on which candidate to support.
To be clear, we expressly disavow that suggestion. Both organizations, NAACP and the Church, are expressly non-political. We do, however, consider their joint statement to be an exemplary model and strongly encourage all to study the joint statement carefully and apply its principles in making their own decisions about which candidate best understands that “America is great, because she is good.”
"America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower, attributing a "wise philosopher"