John Adams on the Potential Inadequacy of the U.S. Constitution

How could John Adams – the great patriot and second president of the United States – say that the U.S. Constitution was in any way inadequate?  Here’s what he said:

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  –  John Adams

Adams’ point was that if the American people ever ceased to be “moral and religious” then the Constitution would be a “wholly inadequate” means of governing them.  Alas, his words apply to the times in which we live.

John Adams loved July 4th.  He would not love this one.

Source:  (Frank Turek essay: “Love Didn’t Win – It Was Redefined“)

More on John Adams’ views from Kevin DeYoung, including a 4:10 video clip from the television miniseries about him.

Related post:  Alexis de Tocqueville on the Need for Religion in Self-Governing Societies

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