Today, in our communities, our schools, our churches, and elsewhere, the left is proclaiming that evil is good, that good is evil, that perversions are to be protected and promoted, that the criminal is to be protected and law-abiding citizens are national security risks, that sexual immorality is to be celebrated and our youth must be groomed to participate, and any who would voice opposition to this evil is a domestic terrorist. When evil prevails, big tyrannical government is the result. Our founders understood that individual liberty and freedom can only exist when society is virtuous and moral.
The Founders’ counsel to us concerning virtue and morality
Americans are no longer taught and thus cannot appreciate the profound degree of anxiety with which the Founders expressed concern about the quality of virtue and morality in their descendants. They knew that without these qualities, the Constitution they had written and the republican system of government which it provided could not be maintained. As James Madison said:
“Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks, no form of government, can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men; so that we do not depend upon their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them.”
Thomas Jefferson counseled, "Virtue is not hereditary." Virtue has to be earned and it has to be learned. Neither is virtue a permanent quality in human nature. It has to be cultivated continually and exercised from hour to hour and from day to day. The Founders looked to the home, the school, and the churches to fuel the fires of virtue from generation to generation.
After serving eight years as our first president, George Washington sensed the tendency of the people in a free republic to begin to forget the bedrock of virtue and morality so necessary to the preservation of the republic the Founders gave us. Thus, in his Farewell Address, he declared:
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
Is not Washington telling us that without religion and morality, which are the seedbed of virtue, that our free republic would crumble? He then warns us about those who claim to be patriots but reject and even fight against the foundations of morality and religion:
“In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens....”
The insightful Washington then suggests that without a firm belief in the Creator and our duty to Him, there would be nothing to bind the consciences of men and our oaths would mean nothing:
“Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice?”
He then warns us of those people who would claim they can be moral and virtuous but need no religion: “And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.” Most Americans have heard someone say, “I can be a moral person; I need no religion.” When such persons are asked, “What is your morality?” they respond with, “Well, it is whatever I feel is right.” This is clearly what is called today moral relativism. It has no solid basis. Washington knew that religion is necessary in a society to give standards to morality, and hence to give firmness and consistency to laws of the land. But Washington is not through. He then seems to foresee the time when the very learned, with all manner of degrees behind their names, will be wise in their own eyes and therefore reject the need for religion. He says:
“Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education ... reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
Today, those who have promised to transform the republic we were given into a democracy and socialism, and then into a Marxist totalitarian state proclaim atheism and secularism as the nation’s religion. They demonize and ostracize virtue as racist and unjust. They promote and protect all evils. They demand the destruction of the family. The American left is well aware that in order to achieve their goals of a Marxist totalitarian state they must destroy the republic our founders gave us along with all the pillars of decency and virtue critical to its survival.
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