The View From 1776
Monday, March 24, 2008
Rejecting Our Unwritten Constitution
John Adams expressed it forthrightly. A nation of limited, constitutional government can succeed only when its citizens are self-regulated by a common understanding regarding morality and rules of social conduct. In the United States, from its founding era until the 1970s, that common understanding was the Judeo-Christian religious ethic that was the substance of Western civilization.
R. R. Reno, on the First Things website, describes the vast, and deleterious, change that befell the nation in the 1970s.