Date: 13 April 1843
By free government, we do not mean that a man has a right to steal, rob, etc. but free from bondage, taxation, and oppression–free in every thing if he conduct himself honestly and circumspectly with his neighbor—free in a Spiritual capacity.Joseph Smith
Source: Joseph Smith Diary by Willard Richards
The Words of Joseph Smith: Page 191
Why I picked this quote?
The subject of what criteria we should use to select our elected officials has been on my mind lately. In my research, this quote from Joseph Smith came up, as did D&C 98:10. “Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil.”