The critical aspect of having a core Morality in a Free Republic.
Richard Rutledge, Chairman Conservative Party Alabama, May 10, 2019
The issue in a free society like our Republic of morality is crucial as the population has a much higher personal level of responsibility than in a society that is more authoritarian and controlled. If a population governed under a republican form of government as a whole loses its sense of morality and becomes corrupt the very freedom built into that system in and of itself quickly becomes a license for behavior that degrades the society as a whole. Unfortunately as a nation we are currently no longer showing the level of morality and responsibility to allow us to preserve these freedoms and liberties.
"The sum of it all is, if we would most truly enjoy the gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people; then shall we both deserve and enjoy it. While on the other hand , if we are universally vicious and debauched in our manners, though the form of our Constitution carries the face of the most exalted freedom, we shall in reality be the most abject slaves." - John Adams
We must clearly understand that it is not the Democrats or Republicans (although IMO the entire 2 party system is part of our overall problem) who are responsible for our decline but rather US as a society.
John Adams as well as many of our Founders understood this. Here are some of Adams wise words in particular on the subject; "...if we are universally vicious and debauched in our manners, though the form of our Constitution carries the face of the most exalted freedom, we shall in reality be the most abject slaves."
Another historical figure saw clearly one aspect in particular of what we are facing in our nation today.
"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe." - Frederick Douglass
Many today are searching for a political solution to a problem that is absolutely not political but is instead spiritual and moral in this land. Government can only demand accountability for actions and impose bondage, for it is personal morality that regulates true behavior. As a society we have abandoned our moral base and are increasingly becoming more debased and lawless. The result of this is the form of government ( a free Republic) we now enjoy is quickly becoming problematic as we no longer have the temperament to govern ourselves.
We consistently hear political leaders speak about restoring the Republic that our Founders created but few speak that for that republic to function we must also restore the MORALITY in our society that the system was intended to function with. These items are NOT mutually exclusive!!
Franklin who was arguably the most secular of this nation's founders understood this profoundly when he penned these words; "The worship of God is a duty...Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature… I never doubted the existence of the Deity, that he made the world, and governed it by His Providence...The pleasures of this world are rather from God's goodness than our own merit... Whoever shall introduce into the public affairs the principles of primitive (essential) Christianity will change the face of the world... Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God."