Here’s a historical factoid about what our nation considered valuable at one time. How times have changed:
After the attack on Pearl harbor, Secret Service Agent Harry Neal was tasked with transferring “priceless historical documents” to a secure facility away from Washington, D.C. After meeting with librarian Archibald MacLeish at the Library of Congress, Neal orchestrated the logistics of how they would discreetly transport the documents out of DC to Fort Knox, which is near Louisville, Kentucky. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the Gutenberg Bible, and the Articles of Confederation were also being stored in some of the cases at Fort Knox. The Declaration was returned to Washington, D.C., in 1944.
Today, the secularists running our government would most likely have left the copy of the Declaration of Independence and Gutenberg Bible behind and hope they would go up in flames if our nation’s capital is ever bombed.
In 1831 the French social philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville landed in America to observe the new nation and her institutions. Tocqueville’s work was published in two parts at the mid-point of the nineteenth century as Democracy in America. It has been described as “the most comprehensive and penetrating analysis of the relationship between character and society in America that has ever been written.” His observations on America’s moral ideals are revealing and worthy of study.