The information below is from the book In God We Still Trust by Dr. Richard G. Lee.
Samuel Adams, the great American patriot accused by King George III of being “the chief rabble-rouser” of American Independence, wrote the following in a letter to James Warren, the president of the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts, in 1779:
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 when once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader. How necessary then is it for those who are determined to transmit the blessings of liberty as a fair inheritance to posterity, to associate on public principles in support of public virtue.
Until public virtue again becomes part of our culture, there is little hope for our future.