“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in her fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there.
Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville (July 29, 1805 – April 16, 1859)
Other than he believed in segregation and I don't, de Tocqueville came close to right in his description of America. His main problem was that though he made a mighty attempt to be objective he failed. His personal bias is plain. He was born of aristocracy and it tainted his personal opinion in all of his writings. His ideals of racial purity may be the ones that have caused so much trouble in the world. Our Constitution has expressly so stated that all men are created with equal and inalienable rights. Life Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Becoming some kind of socialistic ant Is Not what the founding fathers saw as possible. They knew and understood within the depths of their souls that the best thing that could be done was to as far as possible leave the people to God and God would take care of the rest.
And he did. He made of us the greatest nation the earth has seen to date so long as we fought to remain good.
Our days are waxing old as the volcano that is America becomes extinct because the righteousness.......the magma of our goodness that filled the chambers of our hearts cools and we cease to be great because we are loosing our goodness.