Eric Metaxas writes at BreakPoint:
Polls show that most Americans believe the nation is on the wrong course, and many of us see signs of decay — with crushing debt and deficits, anti-American mob action in the Middle East and North Africa, rampant and enduring unemployment, and a cultural milieu that seems to grow coarser by the day. So what are we to do about all this?
Well, Guinness says the problem is ultimately not going to be solved by politicians, or even solely by a return to our founding charter, the Constitution. We need an old-fashioned “reformation of customs.”
Guinness writes, “What the framers believed should complement and reinforce the Constitution and its separation of powers is the distinctive moral ecology that is at the heart of ordered liberty.” These are the “habits of the heart” that Alexis de Tocqueville identified, and which too many of us have lost.
As the cartoon character Pogo once said, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” It’s entirely our choice, Guinness says, whether we will face national desolation or not.
Sometimes a book is so important and so timely that not to have read it is to embarrass oneself. Let me say that Os Guinness’ new book, A Free People’s Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future, is such a book.
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A Free People’s Suicide will be discussed in the next two BreakPoints.