Ben Franklin famously warned, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” I’m afraid we Americans like the rest of the First World are becoming less and less virtuous.
A decline in virtue has a corresponding rise in statism. We increasingly abdicate our responsibilities and ultimately our liberty, giving ever-increasing power to the growing faceless, soulless institutions and bureaucrats who eagerly step in to fill the void.
Can President Donald Trump muster enough support to stem this tide? While I certainly hope he is successful in making the corrections and reformation he promised during his campaign, humanity’s fallen nature requires constant reminding that our virtue and righteousness are alien. They originate outside of ourselves in a much higher power — a power from whom all virtue, righteousness, and life itself flows.
As both history and current events prove, to ignore that reality is not merely perilous. It is fatal.
Hilton Head Island
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