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Pseudo-Madison 1

This is not about the "ten commandments" fake Madison quotation as such, though it is connected with it. This is about the following fake Madison quotation:
The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.
This appears to be a mere paraphrase of the "ten commandments" fake quotation, and I suspect was merely somebody's commentary on it that somehow became attached to it. Here are some sources for the Pseudo-Madison quotation:
The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded. We've staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government—far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the commandments of God.
In Guy Livingston, The Fate of Our Nation, p. 21. No source given. 2004.
We've staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us ... to govern ourselves according to the commandments of God. The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws upon which this Constitution is founded.
In Michael J. Anthony and Warren S. Benson, Exploring the History & Philosophy of Christian Education: Principles for the 21st Century, pp. 288-289. No source given. 2004.
We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Commandments of God. The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.
In Bettie B. Youngs, Living the 10 Commandments in New Times: a Book for Young Adults, p xxiii.
We've staked the whole future of American Civilization on the power of government, no, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us ... to govern ourselves according to the commandments of God. The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.
In J. William, Evil Unleashed: The First Bite of the Apple, p. 218. No source given. 2006.
The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.
In Donald G. Lett Jr; Phoenix Rising: The Rise and Fall of the American Republic, p. 17. 2008. Lett gives a source: America's Judeo-Christian Heritage Foundational Quotes, 2 March 2007. This is a website. On it the quote appears as:
We've staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us . . . to Govern ourselves according to the commandments of God. The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.
In other words, in every case so far located the "future and success" quotation appears as part of a variant of the "ten commandments" quotation it appears to summarize. This website seems to claim that this quotation comes from William J. Federer's America's God and Country, but the portions available online do not contain it, though the fake "ten commandments" quotation is included. Federer's book is, of course, a notoriously unreliable source.

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