"For the first time in the 195 year history of this country, men and women 18 to 21 years of age will have the chance to vote."
Noah Webster wrote in an article titled, Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing His Education, New Haven, 1823:
a citizen gives his suffrage (vote) to a man of known immorality, he
abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of
his neighbor, and he betrays the interest of his country."
In 1832, Noah Webster wrote in his History of the United States:
you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public
officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to
choose for rulers 'just men who will rule in the fear of God.'
The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty.
If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted;
laws will be made not for the public good so much as for the selfish or local purposes;
corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws;
the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men;
and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded.