SEE HERE Virtue is the word often used to translate Aristotle's word arete, which means excellence. John Adams said: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
We need to promote principles, a desire for truth, a respect for duty and honor in our people instead of a venal grubbing for favors dropping from the tables of corporate and government masters. Failing that we won't only lose the republic, but in addition we will lose all else. We will lose virtue and freedom and honor and be relegated to the status of slaves. At first we may be well cared for slave, but in the end we will simply be groveling victims. It has all happened before. There is nothing new under the sun:
Ecclesiastes 1:9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.