In spite of strenuous efforts by many today to foster the concept that there is no linkage between morality and liberty, the founders of the United States clearly understood that a moral people was required for a nation to be truly free. A virtuous people is necessary for freedom to reign. The liberty of the nation requires a moral foundation. Liberty, as envisioned by the founders of the nation, was not licentiousness, nor is it based upon license to violate baseline principles of morality that have been clearly defined for most of history. In the beginning, the people of the nation, by and large, bound themselves to those moral principles not because of draconian legislation, but because they firmly believed that each individual would ultimately face their God and be judged by the works they performed while in mortality.