America’s success depends on her virtue ft. Robert George | #TruthStraightUp

How do we secure America’s future?

The Left talks a lot about the flaws of the founding fathers. Yes, they were human beings just like everyone else, but they were also men of extraordinary genius.

These men bequeathed to us a constitution that is, and should be, the envy of the world. The founding fathers also understood one important fact: this constitution is not a machine that will continue of its own accord indefinitely.

The constitutional structures that protect liberties and check government power are important and necessary, but they cannot exist in solitude. A working constitution depends on the virtue of the people.

Let this serve as a warning from the great men who drafted the document we now hold so dear: our constitutional structures will mean nothing if our people are not virtuous.

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Transcript:

People today talk a lot about the faults and flaws of our founding fathers.

They were human beings. They had faults. They had flaws, some serious. They were also men of extraordinary genius, and they bequeathed to us a constitution that really, truly is and should be the envy of the world.

They understood something, though: that constitution is actually, at the end of the day, not a machine that will go of itself.

Those constitutional structures that protect our liberties, that prevent tyranny by checking government power, the doctrine of federalism, the separation of powers, judicial review, and so forth, judicial review being something, of course, that wasn’t explicit in the Constitution, but was held to be implied in the Constitution, are important.

They’re necessary. They help to preserve republican government. The founders were right to focus on them, but as they also understood, all of that, the working of the Constitution, depends on the virtue of the people.

The constitutional structures will mean nothing if our people are not virtuous.

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