A thought from many years ago, that seems particularly prescient almost 250 year later:
"A general dissolution of principles and manners 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 then they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader."
~ Samuel Adams
Happy 4th of July, all.