Friday, May 23, 2014 | 2:02 a.m.
Being an American is a gift and a duty when almost 1.4 million troops have given their lives to found and keep America free.
Selecting leaders with integrity and respect for our principles is a duty of being an American.
In Nevada politics, I have seen the wizards behind the curtains pulling the strings. Many candidates do not respect their party’s platform, the principles developed by the people of their party.
Some “Republican” candidates refuse to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, telling us their negotiating position would be weakened. They must think we are stupid. If an elected official signs the pledge, his opponents know he will not support wasteful taxes. Their opponents will be forced to negotiate wiser use of our hard-earned tax dollars. That is a strengthened negotiating position!
Elected officials who ignore our principles exhibit a lack of integrity. Did you raise your children to ignore the rules? Would you marry a person who tells you one thing but always seems to do another?
How can candidates who don’t respect our principles be trusted to represent us?
Look behind the curtain, and choose the candidates who can be trusted to respect our values.