The Growing Victory of Violence Over Virtue in America

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”  Benjamin Franklin, April 17, 1787

Each day we read reports of more violence in our country, and each day we hear more detail about the militarization of police forces, increased surveillance by every means, and the development of a domestic security force answerable to the President alone.

Declining virtue delivers increased corruption, and violence, making it convenient for tyrants to insist on increasing control through force.  Fifty years ago we stopped going to church and started the march to the detention camp.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”   John Adams, October 11, 1798

“God who gave us life gave us liberty.  Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.”  Thomas Jefferson, engraved on the memorial in Washington D.C.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”   II Corinthians 3:17

Allan Erickson

About the author, Allan Erickson: Allan Erickson---Christian, husband, father, journalist, businessman, screenwriter and author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012, serves on the board of He is available to speak in churches addressing the topics of faith and freedom. Register & Vote! Contact: View all articles by Allan Erickson

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