“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.
As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
George Washington later praised the American Constitution as the “palladium of human rights,” but pointed that it could survive only “so long as there shall remain virtue in the body of the people.”
What Is “Public Virtue”?
Morality is identified with the Ten Commandments and obedience to the Creator’s mandate for “right conduct,” but the early Americans identified “public virtue” as a very special quality of human maturity in character and service closely akin to the Golden Rule. As a modern historian epitomized it:
“In a Republic, however, each man must somehow be persuaded to submerge his personal wants into the greater good of the whole. This willingness of the individual to sacrifice his private interest for the good of the community—such patriotism or love of country—the eighteenth century termed public virtue…. The eighteenth-century mind was thoroughly convinced that a popularly based government ‘cannot be supported without virtue,’”
YOUR FAVORITE ONLINE PATRIOTIC STORE
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 false premise.
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. Of course, as Jefferson said, “Virtue is not heriditary virtue has to be learned and relearned.
1 Skousen, W. Cleon (2013-09-09). The Five Thousand Year Leap (Kindle Locations 370-372). Verity Publishing. Kindle Edition.
His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.
He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.
He has published several books about his adventures.
For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.
Your comments are welcome