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 These concepts are old and outdated to the progressive Left (and even many of the Republic elites) and they do absolutely everything they can to undermine these concepts that were so cherished by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.