From here: just an excerpt.

Not all men, and not all the time; but if “there is not sufficient virtue among men for self-government,” Madison observed in Federalist 55, only “the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring each other.”

Part of the problem with our country disintegrating culturally as it has is related to the old reply of Franklin, “A republic, if you can keep it.” It is made for a moral and religious people and wholly unsuited for the governance of any other. Once the culture is no longer moral, the previous phrase applies.

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