"Our Consitution was written for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other." John Adams.
Perhaps not an exact quote, but close enough. I would have added "...a moral, religious, and SELF-RELIANT people..."
The founders expected American citizens to be self-reliant and responsible for most of their own affairs. It says so in the last four words of the 10th Amerndment.