164. So the Ten Commandments, the Decalogue, are not a set of harsh prohibitions imposed by an arbitrary tribal deity. Instead, they are liberating rules that enable a people to diminish the tyranny of sin; that teach a people how to live with one another and in relation with God, how to restrain violence and fraud, how to know justice and to raise themselves above the level of predatory animals.
- Russell Kirk – The Roots of American Order, 1974
169. From this Puritan inheritance, this transplanted Hebrew tradition,…the higher law…; the concept of the competent and responsible individual; certain key ingredients of economic individualism; the insistence on a citizenry educated to understand its rights and duties; and the middle-class virtues, that high plateau of moral stability on which, so [many] Americans believe, successful democracy must always build.
- Clinton Rossiter, 1917-1970