Government in charge of way too much. Where is the USA in which I was raised?
Just after he and his colleagues had hammered out an agreement on the U.S. Constitution, a woman came up to Benjamin Franklin and asked, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?"
He answered, "A republic, Madam, if you can keep it."
And that has been the question ever since. Can we keep it?
Alexis de Tocqueville was a French aristocrat who traveled extensively in the United States as he studied American democracy in the 1830s. As an aristocrat, he feared the volatility of a government vulnerable to the whims of the masses. He was also a religious skeptic. But in America, he found a force that calmed democracy's inherent instability. That steadying influence was Christianity. He called America's religious faith, "the great counterbalancing force to the instability and tyranny of democracy."
His words remind me of John Adams' famous quote on the same topic. "We have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness 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."