The recent events in Charlottesville provide extraordinary evidence for the thesis that a free society rests on a foundation of civic virtue.
In our previous post, we observed that the Founders believed that civic virtue based upon religion and morality is indispensable to liberty and to a constitutional republic. But what was the source of this unique idea? The Founders were learned men and they looked principally to writers like Cicero, John Locke, and Charles Louis de Montesquieu when crafting the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
What is civic virtue? “Conduct that reflects universal principles of moral and ethical excellence essential to leading a worthwhile life and to effective self-government.” (The Bill of Rights Institute 2014) Looking at the United States of America today, it seems evident that virtue is in short supply. Politicians of both parties deceive the public to… Continue reading Restoring Civic Virtue – The Problem