Here is another great quote from Scandalgate:Exposing America's Moral Deficit Disorder by Kenneth J. Brown:
Alexis de Tocqueville was one of the most enthusiastic tourists to ever grace our shores. This perceptive French-man toured the United States in 1835, chronicling his stimulating discoveries. One of his most famous dictums appeared at first glance to be a wonderful compliment. In reality it embodied a colossal warning:
"I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and ample rivers, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power....America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great."