Moral Sickness at Root of America's Decay

James Madison

How can self-government work if the people’s “self” is depraved? As James Madison so rightly observed, “What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?” (Federalist No. 51, 1788)
Both the Left as well as Libertarians like to think that America’s Founding Fathers pursued individual liberty merely and solely for itself, without regard to matters of morality and faith.
Not true.

Thomas Jefferson in old age

Our Founders believed that the new American Republic was possible and viable only if it rested on the proper foundation or infrastructure — a virtuous people. (A good book on this is The Moral Foundations of the American Republic.)
In a letter to George Logan in 1816, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “The man who is dishonest as a statesman would be a dishonest man in any station. It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings collected together are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately.”

John Adams

John Adams, in his letter to Mercy Warren in 1776, similarly noted: “Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty….”
But it was George Washington, the Father of the new American Republic, who put it best when he sounded this warning in his first inaugural address in 1789: “There exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness … we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”

George Washington praying at Valley Forge


Popular culture is the expression of a people’s moral orientation. Look at the state of America’s pop culture today.
Who speaks of “virtue” today? What an old-fashioned archaic word!
A half-naked Britney “The Crotch” Spears, 29, bumps, grinds, and gyrates before a rapt crowd of 6,000 in San Francisco; while the media slavishly report on the latest antics of bad “boys” like middle-aged Charlie Sheen, 45, and bad “girls” like mature adult Lindsay Lohan, 24.
Less than 20 minutes after the tickets for Sheen’s two “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option” concerts went on sale, they were all sold out. So he expanded his concert tour to 20 cities. A ticket for his “concert” in San Francisco costs $97 to $136. After Lohan wore a tightly-fitted white Kimberly Ovitz dress to court to face grand theft charges of a necklace she claims she had merely “borrowed” from a jewelry store, the $575 dress quickly sold out.

Alexander Hamilton


So much for our supposed economic recession-depression!
Did you know that John Adams was 41, Thomas Jefferson only 30, and Alexander Hamilton a mere 21 years old, in 1776 when the American Revolution began? [Source]
At the root of our political-economic-social problems is plain moral rot.
~Eowyn

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tina
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very true Eo-“Moral Rot”,”Moral Decay”,”Demoralization” there is a specific plan to do this to society on purpose.

Judy
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Amen.

Lone Wolf
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Lone Wolf

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn”. Proverbs 29-2 “If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked”. Pro. 29 -12. “And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man saying. We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach”. Isiah 4 -1 Soound familiar?

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The tipping point came for me, when former president Clinton was exonerated for his extramarital peccadilloes by his supporters and apologists as “being human” or “simply doing what others have done”. I expect and demand that my leaders have higher moral standards than the average person. A parent has to have higher morality standards than their children. I expect my pastor to have higher standards than the parishioners, etc. People have become accustomed to this social decay because of it’s celebration by TV and the general media. We have this type of behavior these days because we tolerate and allow… Read more »

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I consider myself to be a libertarian. I believe that our Lord has given us free will. We each have to make the personal decision to do good or evil. I do not trust any government to decide what I should believe or whom to worship. I believe in our Lord Jesus Christ because it is the right thing to do, not because the government tells me to. I pity the poor souls that live in countries that demand their citizens to follow Islam. I consider the Christians living in those countries to be brave, often to the point of… Read more »

DCG
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DCG

Great stuff!

Michael
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Michael

Fantastic post! I didn’t realize that Jefferson was so young at the time of the revolution. It makes me realize that I need to be a lot more diligent. Tempus fugit.
This is so true: a democratic government can only work when the people are virtuous. Otherwise, they figure out that they can vote free stuff for themselves.

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And this… Snooki (of Jersey Shore infamy) gets higher speaking fees than Nobel Prize-winner at Rutgers U.
“Snooki Earns Higher Speaking Fee Than Toni Morrison,” by Josh Duboff, omg! via Yahoo!, 1 APR 11
https://omg.yahoo.com/blogs/thefamous/snooki-earns-higher-speaking-fee-than-toni-morrison/978?nc

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America is so sick that I now believe it to be the enemy of the world. I know next to nothing about Iran, but the little I do know tells me they are far higher morally than this financially failing filth farm.

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[…] ‘America is so sick that I now believe it to be the enemy of the world. I know next to nothing about Iran, but the little I do tell me they are far higher morally than this financially failing filth farm,‘ Houser, who goes by Rusty, wrote in a December 2013 post on an apparently conservative Christian website called Fellowship of the Minds. […]

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