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Dear Friends,

America's Founders believed that unless public leaders are persons of high character, they will be motivated by self-interest. This fosters cynicism among citizens, who then become disengaged from the political sphere and all the more vulnerable to political abuse by those in power.

Theologian David Wells describes virtue as having both private and public dimensions: First, virtue is "the domain of character, the practice of private virtue, such as honesty, decency, the telling of truth, and all the other kinds of moral obligation."

Second, says Wells, there is "the domain of public virtue, such as civic duty, social responsibility, philanthropy, the articulation of great ideals and good policies."

The Founders of our country believed that "the domain of public virtue" was essential to the success of political self-government through representative democracy. Only if citizens are persons of virtue will they govern their own behavior with sufficient wisdom to live in a just and free society. And only if they possess personal virtue will they elect persons whose own moral caliber is sufficient to ensure that integrity and wisdom are applied to public policy decisions.

"Without virtue, there can be no political liberty," wrote an aged John Adams to his friend Thomas Jefferson in 1819. That was true at the founding of our Republic, and is no less true today.


Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

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