Alexis de Tocqueville once observed:
Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.
He later explained what he meant in a personal letter:
The best laws cannot make a constitution work in spite of morals; morals can turn the worst laws to advantage. That is a commonplace truth, but one to which my studies are always bringing me back. It is the central point in my conception. I see it at the end of all my reflections.
De la supériorité des mœurs sur les lois (1831) Oeuvres complètes, vol. VIII, p. 286
When I read stories such as this one, I am reminded that America has lost her sense of morality:
At once, this story is about the wanton excess of vice by a people which has become comfortable giving their political power to people who then use it to steal from to industrious so they can bribe the slothful so as to purchase the slavery of the whole of the people. And to add insult to injury, these people who now spend public funds on these many vices demand to be thought of as deserving victims, victims of the people from whom they sent their political masters to steal so they would have money to spend on these vices. I ask you, where is there a shadow of morality anywhere in this vicious circle?
Oh, how this nation has fallen! And it has fallen because it has turned its back on God. For those who doubt me, or who are made uncomfortable by my assertions, I remind you of something else de Tocqueville once said about this nation:
The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other.
Well, there can be denying that this nation no longer thinks there is a connection between reliance on God and the enjoyment of liberty and national prosperity. Everywhere we look today, God is being attacked by people who have convinced themselves they no longer need Him. Let’s just hope that these words from de Tocqueville’s quill still ring true, in which case, there may still be hope that we will turn back to God and repent for our immoral behavior:
The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.