“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.”
~ Samuel Adams
By Alden L. Benton
Virtue, as defined by Dictionary.com, is conformity of one’s life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; uprightness; rectitude. Inherent in this is respect for others, including their rights and property, and a general civility.
In all of the elections of this century, these principles have been conspicuously absent. In fact, they are sadly absent from a large segment of the population, especially those who expound the progressive-statist philosophy. Sadly, this morally bankrupt trend to incivility is no longer confined to the left, but is infecting the rest of society as well.
There is no true discourse between opposing viewpoints, just attacks based on emotion, smear tactics, and disinformation. This nonsense is being spewed from both sides of the spectrum in this election, leaving us with sound bites and campaign slogans, instead of a rational discussion of real problems and their potential solution.
As I have said before, we are faced with selecting from dumb and dumber to be our president. This is causing many potential voters a great deal of angst. It seems that no matter how we vote, or even whether we vote, we will lose.
I do not have an answer.
I am a life-long conservative and a Christian. That having been said, all I can do for myself is to seek knowledge from scripture and pray for guidance. In fact, if more Americans would apply the principles of their faith to their everyday lives, we would not have found ourselves in our present quandary.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
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