Skip to comments.The Character Deficit
Posted on 06/22/2010 4:07:26 PM PDT by ezfindit
When the framers of the United States Constitution completed their work in 1787, they acknowledged that the success and future of the republic as established by that document was dependent on the honor and integrity of its leaders and citizens. As John Adams wrote: Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
Today, the Obama administration, the majority of the members of Congress, much of the Judiciary, academia, and the media represent the culmination of the degradation of ethics and character, which has put the United States in the nearly inevitable position of joining the annals of the rise and fall of great nations.
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Scary stuff, because it rings so very true.
“When the framers of the United States Constitution completed their work in 1787, they acknowledged that the success and future of the republic as established by that document was dependent on the honor and integrity of its leaders and citizens.”
Precisely why, in 2010, we’re in such deep sh*t.
People of character would not elect a Clinton or an Obama.
It’s like I understood when I was eighteen years old .... ANY form of government will work, or will NOT work, depending upon the character of the people being governed.
We have elected an undocumented, bisexual, Muslim Marxist to the position of POTUS. I fear for the character of the people being governed.
In the final analysis, people are more important than systems. The most tyranical, bureaucratic, inefficient and unfair system will work if the people running it are genuine and moral. Conversely, the most democratic, fair, free and meritocratic system will fail if the people at the top are venal and corrupt. That's not to say the systems aren't important of course, if only because the free society is more likely to produce leaders of good character.
The Bible says:
Righteousness exalteth a nation:
but sin is a reproach to any people.
Adams got it right. He reflects the most frequently invoked political source during the founding era, Charles Montesquieu.
Both believed that national stability and longevity could not be achieved unless society was founded upon unchanging, transcendent laws.
“This virtue may be defined as the love of the laws and of our country. As such love requires a constant preference of public to private interest, it is the source of all private virtues; for they are nothing more than this very preference itself. Has it ever been known that kings were not fond of monarchy, or that despotic princes hated arbitrary power? Everything therefore depends on establishing this love in a republic; and to inspire it ought to be the principal business of education: but the surest way of instilling it into children is for parents to set them an example.”
“It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of maturer age are already sunk into corruption.”