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No People Can Be Great Who Cease To Be Virtuous

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Published on: June 20, 2017

Sadness fills me as I reflect upon the events of the last few months.  From the mainstream media shakedown silencing many of America’s most conservative voices to the violence erupting on our nation’s college campuses and then the Virginia shooting of this past week.  All the while, Hollywood and the entertainment industry continue to vilify everything from the policies of the president to praising the latest tragedy to befall the American Right.

What I believe many fail to understand is these events are not just random acts of violence, but instead are a carefully crafted script to control a free and once civil society.  It’s the same course of action that was followed by Stalin, Hitler and Mao Tse-tung.  It is enslavement masquerading as freedom under the new brand of socialism.  One can call it social justice, hate speech or environmentalism.  From the chaos we are creating a new system of control, one that destroys the rights of the individual, transferring their personal power to the state.

Man is not free unless government is limited. –Ronald Reagan

Many have lost sight of the principles that have made this nation free.  We are forever indebted to the wisdom of our Founding Fathers for giving us a system of government protecting the rights of men.  We should be teaching these principles in our classrooms and protecting this framework of freedom from government overreach.  History bears witness to the evils of government.

Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil, in its worst state, an untenable one. –Thomas Paine

It wasn’t all that long ago that I remember Glenn Beck repeatedly saying, “American is great because America is good.”  This quote is often attributed to Alexis de Touqueville from his book Democracy in America, widely appraised as being the most perceptive and influential book ever written about American politics and society.

I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers—and it was not there. . . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests—and it was not there. . . . .in her rich mines and her vast world commerce—and it was not there. . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution—and it was not there.  Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.  America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great. -Alexis de Touqueville 

I believe for the most part this assessment still holds true.  The American people are still good, but there are evil forces mounting that are waging war against our goodness.  It is all around us. From pop culture to American policy, we are witnessing what may be our own destruction.  Our culture is becoming more violent, more immoral, more chaotic.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. -Hosea 4:16

Knowledge is becoming a scarce commodity.  We have forfeited the wisdom of history and of God for the indoctrination into the progressive church.  Our educational system is all but lost and with it dies the ability to process not only what we believe, but also who we are as individuals and a nation.

Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.  He therefore is the truest friend of his country who tries to promote virtue. –Samuel Adams

What is virtue?  The word itself seems antiquated.  Its meaning and importance to our nation tucked away in another time.  It is the stuff of Shakespeare and King Arthur’s court, but we don’t connect it with any significance to modern society.  Virtue defined is moral excellence and righteousness and it is conformity of one’s life and conduct to ethical principles.

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. –Benjamin Franklin

We will cease to be great nation if we fail to be a good and moral people.  It is crucial that we reclaim this fundamental principle. There is no freedom without virtue.

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