Geneva College Commencement Address
"I've come to you this morning with
a topic that probably in an earlier age would have sounded a little bit absurd.
And thatís the question of whether character matters, whether it has anything to
do with public service."
"Now even as recently as a generation ago, probably
no one would give a commencement talk on that address to educated people -- people
getting their degree -- because education was considered to be not only the
acquisition of knowledge, but the formation of moral character. Thatís what
education was all about."
have taken the moral component out of culture. Teddy Roosevelt,
President Teddy Roosevelt, understood exactly where that would lead us.
He said, 'To educate a man in the mind and not in morals is to educate a
menace to society.'"
would say this if there was a Republican in the Whitehouse or a Democrat
in the Whitehouse...and I tell you I pray
daily for the President and for our leaders because my God commands me to do so,
and every one of you should do the same thing."
Founding Fathers presupposed that our leaders would be people of virtue
because thatís the only way self government could possibly survive;
otherwise you would need police to enforce everything. Adams said that
our Constitution was made only for a religious people. For any other
kind, it would be considered wholly inadequate."
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