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Episode 444: Dead Constitution By Dead Virtue, Morals, and Religion

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Yes, ours is a Dead Constitution. How so? We have a dead Constitution by dead virtue, morals and religion. In his letter to the Massachusetts Militia, dated 11 October 1798, John Adams ended this communication with more than just the common phrase most improperly assuming that Adams is claiming a Christian constitution.

Because We have no Government armed with Power capable of contending with human Passions unbridled by morality and Religion. Avarice, Ambition, and Revenge or Galantry, 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.

To this concept of who the Constitution is functional for, Madison wrote:

To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical [imaginary] idea.

Following that, Jefferson wrote:

No government can continue good but under the control of the people; and … their minds are to be informed by education what is right and what wrong; to be encouraged in habits of virtue and to be deterred from those of vice … These are the inculcations necessary to render the people a sure basis for the structure and order of government.

Patric Henry rounds this out with:

A vitiated [impure] state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom.

Oh, you want to hear from Sam Adams on this theme:

Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend of the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue.

Why is that important to note?

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