What George Washington Said

In many cases, as we reflect on what the wise men of centuries past would say or do about or in certain situations, it is at best conjecture, or no more than an educated guess. But not always. It always disturbs me how many liberals (many of them, unfortunately, judges on very high courts) write that the constitution is somehow a living guideline that adapts to current circumstances, and that it would be impossible to interpret how the Framers would apply it now. Oh, really? We have James Madison's extensive notes from the Constitutional Convention and, of course, The Federalist Papers, which were written by the Framers explicitly to explain how the constitution should be interpreted. There also are early Congressional debates and presidential veto messages concerning how the bills in question exceeded constitutional authority by the federal government. But the wisdom of all of these sources seemingly have evaporated from modern governing intelligence, zapped from the radar like an enemy war plane on the wrong end of an F-22 Raptor's Sidewinder Missile.

Along those lines, those who think morality cannot be legislated, we have this from George Washington who, lest we forget, was president of the Constitutional Convention and who never hesitated as our first president to promote, or sign bills promoting, morality:

Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

If that's not enough to convince you:

It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.

The truth is, all legislation is a remedy to right some wrong or make some improvement in a society, which is the essence of morality, and which makes morality the foundation of civilization. That foundation is Biblically based — one would be hard pressed to prove our laws are not derivatives of the Ten Commandments. That being the case, where is morality most steeped and the best context to learn morality? Answer: Religion.

By George, Washington was right!