Maine Senate
15 February 2018
Tom Waddell (204 Words)

Tom Waddell, Maine State Senate February 15, 2018

  Good morning, I am Tom Waddell. I am the president of the Maine chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. We support everyone’s religious freedom by advocating for separation of church and state.

  As you fulfill the Senate’s solemn responsibility of making decisions that will affect everyone living here in Maine, I urge you to rely on and trust in the collective character, honesty, integrity of your colleagues for guidance today and every day.

  The wisdom of our Founding Fathers gives much to rely on as well. I would like to invoke the words of two American Presidents. Thomas Jefferson reminds us that the purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation or state to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors. And John Quincy Adams inspires us with, “if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”

  Thank you for your sacrifices that each of you have made to be a member of the Maine Senate. We the people of Maine appreciate and rely on your collective wisdom and the personal commitments you have made to Maine’s future.

 Thank you.

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