“If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”
It was ever thus with the great family fortunes of the industrial age. A farsighted genius built a great business empire. His sons took it over and managed it, but rarely made it grow. His grandchildren consumed and dissipated their inheritances. His great grandchildren had little more than a small annuity, and their children were left to their own devices as if the fortune never existed.
When people inherit much, but have no sense of the sacrifices and difficulties which created it, they value it little. And what has little value is easily discarded.
Our rights and freedoms, our Constitution and our founding values, our Judeo-Christian ethics and devotion to law, are what made this country the success it is, but are too little valued today or recognized for what will come if they are discarded. Wherever these things inconvenience the Progressive agenda, they are easily bypassed in pursuit of the next brass ring, without a thought about what is being lost.