The Founders purposefully designed a government that would not depend solely on virtuous leaders or virtuous citizens to survive. However, many individuals—both then and today—believed that the American experiment still requires some degree of public virtue in order to succeed.
First, briefly explain how the Founders hoped to channel and check human nature, rather than make people good enough to rule well. Refer to specific principles, concepts, or constitutional structures in your answer.
Second, give your own answer to the question as to whether the United States needs “virtue” in order to survive. If so, how do you define virtue? How do we keep it?
If not, why not?