Virtue is indeed the oxygen of a free society. As it fills our lungs, we become a people of strength, capable of vigorously exercising the kind of self-governance that our founding fathers expected of us. Without virtue, however, there can be no self-governance.
We often hear words like “realignment,” “dealignment,” and “revolution.” The lamentations of liberals are matched by the gloating of conservatives.
Tradition has provided us with a common vision and shared ideals; a cultural heritage and heroes that speak to all men in all conditions.
The great paradox of the 1990s is that while liberalism is on its death bed in this country, it still controls almost all our major institutions.
Tom Jefferson, the only genius we ever had, said that government is best which governs least.
My primary purpose is to suggest that a key principle of judicial restraint—namely, interpretivism—is required by our constitutional plan.
Taking the opportunity to pause and reflect on the roots of our freedom is always an important thing for us to do. But it is especially important now.
We need now to make certain that we are more than an alternate crew for their obsolete engine, and that the destination of our journey is quite different from the one our adversaries had in mind.
"Ideas rule the world and its events. Whatever men say, material interests never have caused, and never will cause a revolution."
We, the American people, are carrying a heavy responsibility. If liberty is to survive, if the forces of totalitarianism are to be thwarted in their attempts to expand their grips on mankind, much will depend on us.