Can Political Freedom Exist Without Virtue? America’s Founders Didn’t Think So.

All of us, even the most progressive Progressive, denounce as criminal relieving a man of his wallet at gunpoint. Yet Americans increasingly aim government’s guns at their fellows as if neither God nor man objects to coercion from the State. We’ve replaced “What’s yours is yours” with “Whatever I can legally take from you is mine.” No matter that a huge gulf usually yawns between legality and virtue.
Becky Akers

https://fee.org/articles/can-political-freedom-exist-without-virtue-americas-founders-didnt-think-so/