It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people.
-- Richard Henry Lee letter to Colonel Martin Pickett — 1786
Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks-no form of government can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea, if there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men. So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them.
--James Madison speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention — 1788
The question I put forth before WB is the question of virtue in government and media.
Fraction of the people in government and the media posess virtue?
Is the government virtues, and please break your contemplation into levels of government: local, county, state and federal?
Have the people as a whole responding to the level of virtue in government and the media?
Do the people work to return virtue or speed up the destruction of it?
How is the election of Donald J. Trump as president and the rejection of Hillary R. Clinton related to the virtue level and it's level in the political parties?
What level of virtue did the Obama administration have and are the massive loss of legislative seats of the Democratic Party related to this virtue level?
Is the failure of Congress to pass any of the Trump and GOP campaign promises related to virtue?
Is the election or rejection of Judge Roy Moore and the campaign tactics being used related to the virtue?
Is the overall actions of the media an issue of virtue?
Is the rise of public unrest related to virtue and is in fabricated by those with political objective?
Is the sudden increase of sex predator finger pointing movement related to virtue of the lack of virtue earlier?