Called on the people of New Hampshire . . .
to confess before God their aggravated transgressions and to implore His pardon and forgiveness through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ . . . [t]hat the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be made known to all nations, pure and undefiled religion universally prevail, and the earth be fill with the glory of the Lord.
MILITARY OFFICER; SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE;
JUDGE; GOVERNOR OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
Rendering thanks to my Creator for my existence and station among His works, for my birth in a country enlightened by the Gospel and enjoying freedom, and for all His other kindnesses, to Him I resign myself, humbly confiding in His goodness and in His mercy through Jesus Christ for the events of eternity.26
[Governments] could not give the rights essential to happiness… We claim them from a higher source: from the King of kings, and Lord of all the earth.27
SIGNER OF THE CONSTITUTION; GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA; GOVERNOR OF DELAWARE; GENERAL IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Both Dickinson and Bartlett were Founders of America, and signed either the Declaration of Independence or Constitution. Both were men of moral probity. Both understood that a nation without virtue was doomed. Both would be abhorred by today's environment.
When the Revolutionary War was fought, marriage was intact, and the Church was a bastion of America. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the many Ivy League Schools understood the first part of education was educating the manners. Today, they have lost sight of that, and are educating menaces to society like Obama and Hillary.
Had our values been around in 1776, America would have easily been destroyed in 30 years. We could not have lasted.
The values of Marxism, profanity, pornography, debauchery, anti-God, heathenism, libertinism, lechery, abortion, contraception, fornication, adultery, lying, deceit, theft, have corrupted America. Churches are dying, and have been invaded by the pernicious Marxist habits of contraception, porn, and sexual sin. Marriage is a disgraceful joke. 56% of marriages end in divorce, and even the marriages that last seldom pursue the entire purpose of the sex drive, marriage and children. Americans are being cheated out of their destiny. Just like the Indians sold their land for cheap trinkets, Americans are being suckered out of their nation by refusing to have kids, and being convinced that it's virtuous to pay attention to fairy tales like climate change and overpopulation. Demography is destiny.
A 28 year old Abraham Lincoln, with only 1 year of formal education, mind you, said this, '
How then shall we perform it?--At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?-- Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!--All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.'
Even Machiavelli understood virtue was necessary for good government, '"Machiavel, discoursing on these matters, finds virtue to be so essentially necessary to the establishment and preservation of liberty, that he thinks it impossible for a corrupted people to set up a good government, or for a tyranny to be introduced if they be virtuous; and makes this conclusion, 'That where the matter (that is, the body of the people) is not corrupted, tumults and disorders do not hurt; and where it is corrupted, good laws do no good:' which being confirmed by reason and experience, I think no wise man has ever contradicted him."
"[I]f vice and corruption prevail, liberty cannot subsist; but if virtue have the advantage, arbitrary power cannot be established."
Many wonder at why I am so severe against profanity, obscenity, and filth on WB. It is because those are all behaviors incompatible with virtue, and they always lead to the slavery of nations.
It is time to restore the virtue we once had to marriage and the church, lest we become the slaves that those Christians in the Middle East shortly before Muhammad came along in the 600's, soon became. The ancient churches of Thessalonica, Phillippi, Galatia, Colossians, and Ephesians are now, often, located in Islamic Lands. Lured away from their heritage by pleasure and power, they soon reaped the consequences of what they sowed.