In a sense, the American dream has always been about creating a society where we were all free enough to be in communities of one. Where opportunities granted by the free markets (or by the government when the markets failed) made us less reliant on the help of our neighbors and families to survive and less pressured by ideas with which we did not agreed as a result.
For this very real reason, the framers of the Constitution knew all too well that our society would fail the MOMENT we forgot that our little inward-gazing communities of one were insufficient to tackle the life-altering spiritual questions that define our free choices. We need God in our social policy and in our culture because the only alternative that prevents chaos and dysfunction is totalitarianism (either by king or dictator or theocrat). The problem is…the narrative today has made this common wisdom spectacularly unpopular to the point of most Americans believing it to be dangerous. The common refrain you will hear is “You can’t legislate morality.”
It’s nonsense, folks. Utter nonsense. You can (and should) make laws inspired by a common morality that works well for your people and that binds their narrow communities of one into a cohesive whole. A good friend of mine is dead today because she lived in a community of one (of her own design) rather than relying on support systems that might have lifted her spirit because no one taught her that those systems were there.
The founders knew us better than we know ourselves. This is in keeping with the previous post here…our social structures are what make our free (and hands off) government possible. When they falter, the natural reaction is to ask for more government…and more government inexorably leads to less freedom (and eventually none).
The human wreckage I’m witnessing in her wake is the price we pay for making it acceptable to live in a world without moral focus.