Throughout his life, John Adams worried about the fate of the American Republic he helped found and which he led as second president. He believed that a democracy was only as good as the people involved.
He once told a group of officers of the Massachusetts militia, “…we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Adams understood that liberty entails responsibility. To be truly free, we must hold to basic beliefs that call forth what is noble and caring in each of us. Otherwise, our attempts at freedom will trample those around us.
Our Constitution was written for people who want to work together toward a common good. It assumed that there is right and wrong, and that the majority of American citizens would be guided by religious and moral values to choose the good.
I believe that it is critical that we as citizens understand our U.S. Constitution and what is required of us in order to uphold it. This knowledge and these qualities must be taught and fostered in our homes and school.
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