230. The idea of continuity…in concerns of both church and state, we must seek to link generation with generation….[I]f we break down established laws, thriving customs, and beloved ceremonies, we rashly ignore the lessons of the past and endanger society’s future. Our religion, our culture, and our political rights all are maintained by continuity: by our respect for the accomplishments of our forefathers, and by our concern for posterity’s well-being.
- Russell Kirk – The Roots of American Order, 1974, inspired by Richard Hooker
233. Human passions unbridled by morality and religion…would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.
- John Adams, 1735-1826
235. [I]t is necessary for each generation of Americans to look [for the founding virtues], since, as Lincoln warned, the great deeds and virtues of the founding generation “grow more and more dim by the lapse of time.”
- William J. Bennett – Our Sacred Honor, 1997
(We have lost our generational continuity because of poor religious, educational, and parental laziness.)ATJ