Posts tagged: Benjamin Franklin

Founding Fathers: Without Virtue There Is No Freedom

Written by Joshua Charles

The Founding Fathers believed one thing was absolutely essential to a free society: virtue. Sometimes the term they used was “self-government.”

What did it mean? Informed by thousands of years of philosophy and theology, first with Greeks like Aristotle, and later by Christian theologians such as Augustine of Hippo and Thomas Aquinas, the Founders understood “virtue” to be behavior (more specifically, habits) in accordance with the good—which both Aristotle and Aquinas, among others, defined as behaving according to “right reason.” Virtue was thus the willing sacrifice of one’s passions to a higher good, namely “right reason.”

Traditionally, the four “cardinal virtues” of antiquity were prudence, courage, temperance; and justice.… Continue Reading

Misdirection

Benghazi

Written by William Parrot

U.S. House oversight revelations with new details surrounding the travesty of Benghazi in September 2012 meet with scorn and denial from a glitterati press bent upon carrying the water for an incompetent, disingenuous administration.  Utter disgust laced with a healthy dose of jaded skepticism should be the order of the day for every devoted American.

Reality of a world ablaze with global jihad against all civilized societies serves as stark contrast to the U.S.… Continue Reading

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