“Public Virtue, the Lynch Pin”

by MyMati

The battle in America between freedom and bondage has gone on since our earliest days and in a variety of ways. For most of our first century, freedom had the upper hand, inasmuch as the government was kept within the bounds of the spirit of the Constitution. Once we had some generational distance from the Founders, we began to accept more progressive ideas regarding government’s role in our lives, handed off our responsibilities and began to deny the consequences of our actions. Our freedoms were traded for bondage to the government teat because we are taught by the government that life is easier and safe that way.

Because the concept of “Public Virtue” has disappeared from our public life, most people cannot even conceive of a government that does not coddle and care for every manner of somehow disadvantaged citizen and even many that are not. While care for those who truly cannot care for themselves is necessary, the first level of care should come voluntarily from the citizenry. Only those who are left with no recourse should be helped with public money – preferably through the State instead of the Federal Government.

Progressive federal government policy shepherded us away from this critical premise of our founding. Public virtue was what the Founders looked at as the societal “lynch pin” that meant we were prepared to take on the responsibility of and maintain self governance. Even going so far as to say the Republic could not exist without it.

George Washington said in his farewell address: 

” ‘Tis substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule indeed extends with more or less force to every species of free Government. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?”

John Adams said: 

“Public virtue cannot exist in a Nation without private Virtue, and public Virtue is the only Foundation of Republics.”

 

Henry Ward Beecher said: 

“There is no liberty to men who know not how to govern themselves.”

How does one define “public virtue”? Virtue incorporates characteristics of good will, tolerance, kindness, patience, courage, respect, humility, gratitude, honor, industry, honesty, chastity and fidelity. These concepts are old and outdated to the progressive Left (and even many of the Republic elites) and they do absolutely everything they can to undermine these concepts that were so cherished by our Founders. Liberals seem to have no time for such things they are to busy trying to equalize outcome, make life fair, spread the wealth, and otherwise tear apart this fabric of time-tested truths that our Founders knew would be required to perpetuate the Republic.

The Founders warned us of the consequences of failing to pass on virtue to each generation.

“It is in the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigour. . . degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats into the heart of its laws and constitution.” Thomas Jefferson

“Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power.” Benjamin Franklin

“Whenever we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.” Thomas Paine

For more than one hundred years, we have failed to pass on the necessity of virtue to each successive generation. It is just not cool enough for today’s, liberal-dominated media to portray virtue as something worthwhile. Instead, the Hollywood crowd, for the most part, lifts up examples of ridiculous personalities that are riddled with drugs and lack self control. They abuse each other, their pets, themselves and their fame in full view, splashed across headlines on TV and in print. Young people see how these people are celebrated and even rewarded with fantastic riches and want emulate them.

The government-run schools are complicit in this destruction of virtue by not teaching those characteristics critical to it. The unions now collude with the federal government through massive political donations and employ lobbyists to keep the citizenry confused and uneducated on the subject of virtue. Instead, they teach our children how to be “green” and to accept government control of nearly every significant facet of their lives.

It is left to us, the few patriots that still believe in the value of “public virtue” to replace that missing “lynch pin,” to fight for our freedom, to throw off the chains of government bondage and walk free. We must exemplify this key principle of our Republic if we are to save it. We must be sure to do everything to promote the type of thinking that will preserve virtue, for without it we are lost as a republic and will, inevitably slide into tyranny.

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5 thoughts on ““Public Virtue, the Lynch Pin”

  1. We are actually fighting the forces of anti-virtue. How many times have we commented that everything is upside down, that right is wrong and wrong is right, according to Liberal thinking ?As long as we continue to fight, now that we're "awake", and not lose interest, and keep adding to our numbers, there is great hope.Thank you, MM, I had not previously considered virtue, per se, as a factor in our nations survival as a Constitutional Republic.

  2. Thank you for your comment, Bruce. It is a testament to how effective the left has been in twisting the priorities that are needed to maintain our Republic that you, my friend, have not thought about virtue being a key to maintaining that Republic.

  3. MM – I remember, a few years ago, I saw a news report about a high school (or middle school) student who won a prize for a community service project she initiated, her acceptance speech for the prize had a lot to do with how she benefited from the experience, her personal growth, her satisfaction, etc.. It was quite moving, and I was thinking that she was quite the young lady, and would be an asset to her community in the coming years. The commentator on the report then proceeded to explain what was missing from her experience. What was missing was the sense of doing something just because it was the right thing to do – it might not make you feel better, it might not be appreciated (you could get yelled at, stolen from, over-worked, forgotten or worse), but you would feel obligated to do it because it was RIGHT. Anyway – I love your blog! Carl's home, or I would say more – love ya! NN

  4. You have it right MyMati. Public Virtue is critical. It was the Founders who realized that a belief in God instills within each of us an understanding of the need to practice private and public morality for our own good. Whether we are Christian, Jew, or of a religion which puts God at the center of human activity, it is the belief in a Supreme Being that really makes public morality a necessity and also reasonable and sensible to all. What does the Left continually attack? Christianity – because it is the religion of the most members, the most of whom, believe in God and public morality. What must be done is to defend everyone's right to believe in a moral system based on a belief in a Supreme being.This is precisely what the Founding Fathers believed and enshrined within the Declaration, the Constitution and all the major writings of their time. God > morality > freedom > country > pursuit of happiness

  5. I love your writing Mymati. It is so precise and you wield your pen like a warrior! I do believe America is in a fight to keep the Republic and pray for the sake of all the free world that you win. America has always shown the world how to do things and I hope that never changes.Cam and Linda ValleeCanuck and Northern

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