A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest Man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations bind, can have any real Good will towards Men? Can he be a patriot who, by an openly vicious conduct, is undermining the very bonds of Society?… The Scriptures tell us “righteousness exalteth a Nation.”
In America today, where, when and how do we learn right from wrong? There is no longer a clear answer to this question. More fundamentally, how does America even define right from wrong today? Abigail Adams thoughtful insight could have easily substituted the term man, woman, child, teacher, political leader or citizen in place of “patriot” and with her timeless message she identifies a root cause of America’s moral decline and the rise in senseless violence.
Not too long ago, these questions and the process of socialization were readily answered and widely understood. Guidance and expectations for a moral life were established early in a child’s development within the home and the family. Judeo Christian principles including the Ten Commandments were learned along with reading skills from the Bible. Self reliance and life skills were learned by working side by side with parents, brothers and sisters.
The respect and use of firearms was an important part of this passage to a productive and responsible adulthood. Whether for protection of self, family, home, country or sustenance, the education of a young person was not complete without it.
Look at America’s moral “progress” of the last fifty years. Well intentioned but misguided movements and government programs have greatly contributed to the destruction of the family. Most of what is bringing America harm is the unintended consequences of these good intentions. Washington leadership is good at initiating programs intended to do good, but actual results are seldom measured or understood. We will continue this thread tomorrow, please come back.