Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Need for Principles and Virtue

Samuel Adams wrote that "A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose
their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first
external or internal invader."

Today, Adams' warning is particularly important. We have done an exceedingly poor job in remembering our First Principles, and "virtue" appeared to gone out of fashion long ago. Do we really think we can survive as a free people if we are unprincipled and without virtue? That appears to be a fools' hope.

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