The morals and character, along with patriotism, essential for a strong economy and national defense are primarily formed by families. Marriage, as the Supreme Court noted in Maynard v. Hill (1888), has “more to do with the morals and civilization of a people than any other institution.”
Broken families, however, tax the economy. A study by Georgia College & State University on “The Taxpayer Cost of Divorce and Unwed Childbearing” analyzed the link between single-parent households and poverty. It found that “family fragmentation costs U.S. taxpayers at least $112 billion each and every year, or more than $1 trillion each decade.”
No well-run military can entertain a do-as-you-please attitude. A lack of morality among civilians also threatens our national security. Samuel Adams, dubbed “The Father of the American Revolution,” said “A general dissolution of the principles and manners [morals] will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”
The new political environment that emerges from this election will challenge the Tea Party movement’s ability to remain unified in its quest to limit the size and scope of government.
May I suggest that Tea Partiers pursue the essentials necessary for a limited government? Liberty comes from a virtuous people, free to keep and voluntarily share the fruits of their labor because they are protected by a restrained government that defends, from enemies foreign and domestic, their inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Wendy Wright is president of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.