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One-night stands may lead to electoral success, but left to their own devices, politicians will cheat on you once they get to Washington. Too many temptations, too many offers they can’t turn down.

It’s time to change the victory scenario. This can be accomplished only through reclamation of public trust — and that means making a lifelong commitment. Fact is, most Americans want to be treated fairly — not deprived by crony corporatism, regressive tax schemes and insolvent entitlement programs absent the ability to defend themselves with attorneys, accountants and lobbyists.

Let’s let them know we’re in it for the long haul.

Matt Kibbe is president and CEO of Freedomworks.