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Virtue in America

June 18, 2011

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

Most people who first came to this land we call America did so to escape religious persecution, and were by nature virtuous people.   Americans have always been known for their positive human virtues such as love of liberty, steadfastness, strength, determination, selflessness, frugality, ingenuity, charitableness, individualism, entrepreneurial spirit, self-reliance, and honesty.  The list could go on and on.

However, sometime over the last generation, people started to lose these American virtues, and started a moral decadence that included the sexual revolution, the “me” generation, dependence on government including welfare, social security and Medicare/Medicade. Life had become faster and looser. Success is defined not by how good and virtuous a person you were, but by the size of your house, the number of cars in the driveway, and how many flat screens and other gadgets you owned.  Personal responsibility is down, and dependency and feelings of entitlement have replaced them.

What have we become as a nation, and more importantly, what abyss will we fall into if  we don’t change our ways?  At a Foundation of Liberty class, Dr. Brooks shared with us a diagram by Alexander Tytler called the Cycle of Nations.  It shows the following stages that nations go through every 200-250 years.

All nations go through this cycle, but each segment can have a different amount of time from days to decades.  I put America on the Cycle somewhere between Dependence and Bondage.  We are losing more of our liberties and freedoms every single day. It’s up to us Americans how quickly we can move out of this stage and start over again with new spiritual faith, courage and liberty.

Some days looking at the news which goes from bad to worse, when we have congressmen who are chastised as much for their lying as they are for their perverted sexual misconduct.  We have a New York State Governor who is trying to diminish our virtuous standards to push legislation on the people to  change the definition of marriage that has stood for eons.  It seems like it can’t get any worse.

Then, I have a few incidents that are rays of hope.  Driving down the street and almost stopping the car when I see a rare sight – a father and son playing “catch” on their front lawn.  Having a friend say that her 13-year-old son is desperately  looking to work this summer and wants to get a job on a farm.  These may seem like small things, but they are signs of hope that America may be longing for its virtuous nature back.

Each of us has to start practicing virtuous life each day.  We need to pare back, pull in, and get our lives back to basics.  Stop spending money you don’t have and get out of debt.  Stop depending on the schools to teach your children the right things, and become a mentor to them yourself.   Stop depending on the government to supply your every need, and get on the path to self-reliance.  Some of us either never knew or have forgotten how to get there.  Educate yourself on the history of our country and it’s greatness and exceptional nature, then pass it on to your children and grandchildren.  This fall, I’ll be helping to bring Dr. Brooks from Monticello College on another ReValue America New York tour.  This free two-hour talk will give you inspiration into how you can play a role in bringing back America’s virtues.  Stay tuned.

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  1. eleanor venables permalink
    August 7, 2011 9:29 pm

    You, dear Pam, are a stunning example of a virtuous, untiring, dedicated, honest, clear thinking, appreciative American. I can add other qualities. Please stay healthy so that you can continue being an untiring advocate of LIBERTY and honesty. I pray for our country. In all my 77 years of life, I have never witnessed so my hypocrisy, dishonesty, disdain of virtue and materialism.
    May we be delivered from evil.

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