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Indispensable Public Need: Train Up Youth In Wisdom and Virtue

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 23 August 1750 I think with you, that nothing is of more importance for the public weal, than to form and...

The American Vine: A Sermon—Jacob Duché

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS July 20, 1775 Preached in Christ-Church, Philadelphia, before the Honourable Continental Congress, July 20, 1775. Being the Day Recommended by...

Public Virtue

Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, David B. Haight Public virtue, which expects men to rise above self-interest and to act in the public interest...

The Ploy of Libertine Liberty — Edmund Burke

They consider their subjects as the farmer does the hog he keeps to feast upon. He hold him fast in the his sty, but allows him to wallow as much as he pleases in his beloved filth and gluttony. - Edmund Burke

A Sacred Obligation — Ezra Taft Benson

If we truly cherish the heritage we have received, we must maintain the same virtues and . . . character of our stalwart forebears—faith in God, courage, industry, frugality, self-reliance, and integrity. - Ezra Taft Benson

Online Society, Offline Civilization: How the Internet is Ushering in the End of the...

This is why C. S. Lewis said, “Sex is not messed up because it was put in the closet; it was put in the closet because it was messed up.” The Internet throws the closet of man open in a way it has never been — and never should be. And it’s no exaggeration to say that the demons released are destroying civilization. As British philosopher Edmund Burke warned, “It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” The young today are immersed in a virtual world in which coarseness, nastiness, decadence, perversion, superficiality, egoism and nihilism are the norm. They are instilled with moral relativism’s only guide, “If it feels good, do it,” and then their feelings are twisted in the worst possible way, through vile entertainment, so that what feels good is cultural poison. The result is that we are breeding barbarians wholly incapable of sustaining a healthy constitutional republic. -- Selwyn Duke

Can Inward Slaves Make Outward Free? — John Milton

What wise and valiant man would seek to free - These , thus degenerate, by themselves enslaved, or could of inward slaves make outward free? - John Milton, Paradise Regained

Contemptable Naked Capitalists — John Dickinson

Yet how many are there, so weak and sordid as to think they perform all the offices of life, if they earnestly endeavor to increase their own wealth, power, and credit, without the least regard for the society, under the protection of which they live; who, if they can make an immediate profit to themselves, by lending their assistance to those, whose projects plainly tend to the injury of their country, rejoice in their dexterity, and believe themselves entitled to the character of able politicians. Miserable men! -- John Dickinson, 1767

The Scriptures Are the Standard for Distinguishing Truth and Error

Where scriptural truths are ignored or abandoned, the essential moral core of society disintegrates and decay is close behind. In time, nothing is left to sustain the institutions that sustain society. - D. Todd Christofferson

Are We Governed By A Sense of Right and Wrong? — Rufus King

But if in opposition to these sentiments the great body of the people are without Virtue, and not governed by any internal Restraints of Conscience, there is ... room to fear that the Framers of our constitutions and laws have proceeded on principles that do not exist, and that America, which the Friends of Freedom have looked to as an Asylum when persecuted, will not afford that refuge. -- American Founder, Rufus King

Moral Corruption Fatal in the End — Milton Lomask

Americanist History, 1787, Milton Lomask YZEKCKUYUKU7 "Virtue," a group of New Hampshire ministers pointed out, was helpful "to any kind of government, but it was...

Moral Virtue and Republicanism — Richard Henry Lee

A corrupted people and republicanism cannot co-exist. - Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Richard Henry Lee

The Problem Is a Lack of Health Care — The Moral Variety — Selwyn...

It is this, the lack of moral health care, that is our problem. To paraphrase Lincoln, the teaching in the schools today is the ideology of tomorrow. As Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov pointed out, once the “demoralization” is complete, you are “stuck with the degraded and deluded. You cannot change their minds. You have to change their hearts.

The Secular Costs of Unchastity — Neal A. Maxwell

Just as our basic val­ues are inter­ac­tive, so are our basic insti­tu­tions. We can­not cor­rupt our fam­i­lies and expect to have good gov­ern­ments! Once, for instance, we sug­gest by our behav­ior that the com­mand­ments do not really mat­ter, then it is open sea­son. A par­ent may wink at embez­zle­ment, the grown child at adul­tery, and the grown grand­child at trea­son. If dis­obe­di­ence is not wrong, then each can select which com­mand­ments he will break.

Truth Eternal: Or Shifting, Vagrant, Opportunistic Substitutes — Albert E. Bowen

Prophet Statesmen, Albert E. Bowen Are there not, in reality, underlying, universal principles with reference to which all issues must be resolved whether the society...

Good Government Requires Good Men — Brigham Young

Prophet Statesmen, Brigham Young Excerpt from an 1863 address by Brigham Young found in the "Journal of Discourses: Volume 10," p. 177. I like a good...

The Crying Need in America: Individual Reformation — Joseph F. Smith

Prophet Statesmen, Joseph F. Smith Excerpt from a President Joseph F. Smith's article in the Improvement Era, year 1917, Volume 20: 738. Character of a Nation...

Harmonizing Prudence with Benevolence — Benjamin Franklin

Liberty Letters with Steve Farrell Nothing could more perfectly express the optimism of Benjamin Franklin’s simplified form of Christian piety mixed with Enlightenment thinking than...

‘Thou Shalt Not Profane God:’ A Public or Private Principle of Law? by Steve...

Missing the Mark With Religion, Part 17 “One man’s vulgarity is another man’s lyric,” indicated a Supreme Court justice over three decades ago. (1) The justice...

'Thou Shalt Not Profane God:' A Public or Private Principle of Law? by Steve...

Missing the Mark With Religion, Part 17 “One man’s vulgarity is another man’s lyric,” indicated a Supreme Court justice over three decades ago. (1) The justice...