A Moral and Religious People

John AdamsWe have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.  – John Adams, October 11, 1798, Letter to the  officers of the First Brigade,  Third Division  of the Massachusetts Militia

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