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St. Augustine called pride, "a defect of nature."
"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it," wrote Virginia Colonist Thomas Jefferson in 1776.
Patrick Henry properly accredited the rational and theological virtue of hope to “the vigilant, the active, the brave.”
Plato's philosophical devotion to the concept of fortitude girds today's historical understanding of the cardinal virtue.
National demonstrations of Revolutionary spirit appear to be more than fleeting episodes of civic passion. Stirred by the recent torrents of forceful bureaucracy, Americans seem to know their liberty is in jeopardy.
Plaudits and admirations gush upon leaders whose manner is tolerant and considerate of opposing viewpoints. History nonetheless allows that some who rule by treachery rise to ferocious power, too.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Resisting such tyranny is often equally errant especially when predicated upon fear. Still, resistance is essential. At such a time, temperance is the moral virtue that brands our best leaders. The moral virtue of temperance restrains the passions of ambition and pleasure. It places intellect and reason above… Continue
March 11, 2009
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