The virtue which is necessary to preserve a just administration and render a government stable, is Christian virtue, which consists in the uniform practice of moral and religious duties, in conformity with the laws of both God and man. This virtue must be based on a reverence for the authority of God, which shall counteract and control ambition and selfish views, and subject them to the precepts of divine authority. The effect of such a virtue would be, to bring the citizens of a state to vote and act for the good of the state, whether that should coincide with their private interests or not.

Noah Webster (Founding Father – 1758-1843, Known as the “Schoolmaster of the Nation), Collection of Papers on Political Literary and Moral Subjects, “A Letter to the Honorable Daniel Webster”, Pg 270.

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