A Republic, If you can keep it.
November 24, 2009 | NeW Staff
Last night I had the great pleasure of attending an event hosted by The Virginia Liberty Project. First of all, I encourage all of our Virginia readers to check out this organization- truly a candle amidst the darkness. The Virginia Liberty Project invited Bill Wichterman to give a speech titled “Our Constitution and Our Moral Heritage.” This was an incredible and enlightening speech that reached me on so many levels, but especially in regards to what I see NeW accomplishing on college campuses.
I thought I would share a few things from the speech with you all. One of Wichterman’s main points was that culture is upstream of politics and on account of this, virtue matters- politics alone cannot fix our society. The Framers of the Constitution recognized that our Constitution would not work everywhere, it was not a “one size fits all” document. It was designed for the American people. They drafted for us a Constitution and a government that was unsustainable without virtue. Wichterman quoted Benjamin Franklin when a young woman asked him what type of government the framers had decided upon and he declared, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Franklin, as well as the other Founders, recognized that if the mores and virtues of Americans change, the Constitution and the Republic would not be able to stand the test of time.
This, among many other points raised in Wichterman’s speech, reminded me of why the mission of NeW is so important. The Women of NeW are actively influencing and guiding the culture on each of our campuses. Our presence and our values are helping our generation return to the virtues that the Founders counted on America possessing in order to maintain our Republic. It is not politics that shapes the American people, it is the culture. NeW is made up of Cultural Warriors fighting for traditional values and fighting to protect and maintain our Republic. I am incredibly proud to be a part of such a valuable organization!