The Loss of Virtue

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“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

This quote from Benjamin Franklin is more applicable today than ever in the history of the nation. Has progressivism made us more civilized with the secularization of America or have we actually regressed and lost our virtue to an ‘anything goes’ society where fewer and fewer care to be responsible for themselves or their own actions?

The rule of law and the Constitution have been so ignored and disobeyed by our politicos and bureaucrats that the example set before the people is deplorable. Too many of our people are falling prey to the siren of a democracy run amok. The first and second amendments in the Bill of Rights are under constant attack while the fourth and tenth amendments have been eviscerated to the point of absurdity.

The masters are already in place; they are biding their time, waiting, as the people themselves give up their god given rights. Two Franklin quotes sum it up: “When you run in debt, you give to another, power over your liberty,” and “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

We are at the tipping point, treating symptoms of the disease rather than addressing the true causation, the escalating loss of virtue. For those who believe the people will get it right and goodness will triumph over evil, I have one final quote: “Where liberty dwells, there is my country!” Quoth the Franklin, evermore.

James M. Spickard
Little Egg Harbor


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