“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
“Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”
“To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.”
“The aim of every political Constitution, is or ought to be first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.”
I’m not a fan of Al Franken as a senator. I once (literally) ran into him, by accident, at Reagan National Airport in Washington DC. Perhaps I should have hit him harder.
So, now that Senator Franken has (very credibly) been accused of inappropriate behavior toward a woman, I find it deeply gratifying that we have a man in the White House who has the moral authority to condemn the senator’s misbehavior — although the President has been silent as a Trappist monk on the subject of Judge Roy Moore.
“The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words,” tweeted President Donald J. Trump. “Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?”
While reading President Donald J. Trump’s tweet, I could not help but think of the first four lines of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s 1842 poem “Sir Galahad”:
My good blade carves the casques of men,
My tough lance thrusteth sure,
My strength is as the strength of ten
Because my heart is pure.
As I write, it seems that Judge Moore will remain in the race, likely delivering a safe Republican Senate seat to the Democrats.
Here’s some recent commentary on the subject: