The Hidden Foundation of Greatness

“Religion in America takes no direct part in the government of society, but it must be regarded as the first of their political institutions…I do not know whether all Americans have a sincere faith in their religion–for who can search the human heart?–but I am certain that they hold it to be indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions.  This opinion is not peculiar to a class of citizens or to a party, but it belongs to the whole nation and to every rank of society.”–Alexis de Tocqueville, a french jurist visiting America in 1831 (as quoted in The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen

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2 thoughts on “The Hidden Foundation of Greatness

  1. While I’m not a big fan of Toquevile, his observation “I do not know whether all Americans have a sincere faith in their religion” is very perceptive. The other problem I have is that I can’t read anything by him without hearing and seeing the French race car driver from “Talladega Nights.”

  2. Hey Joey,

    Nice new digs!

    I didn’t look at the author of the quote before I read it. I was thinking it could have been written by someone today although “indispensible” probably would be downgraded to “kind of important”…

    Mike

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