"Loyalty... is a realization that America was
born of revolt, flourished in dissent, became great through experimentation."
Henry Steele Commanger
"Freedom, Loyalty, and Dissent"
The American Experiment in Democracy:
200+ Years and Still Going Strong...
"Ture democracy means the ability to remove
a government without violence, to punish political failure or misjudgment
by votes alone... The art of politics is the minimization of unhappiness,
or of unavoidable suffering... The process of avoiding suffering is greatly
assisted by the existence of free institutions. The greater their number,
variety and intrinsic strength, and the greater their individual independence,
the more effective the democracy which harbours them will be. All such
institutions should be treated like fortresses: that is, soundly constructed
and continually manned...
"Free institutions will only survive when there is the rule of law.
This is an absolute on which there can be no compromise: the subjection
of everyone and everything to the final arbitration of the law is more
fundamental to human freedom and happiness than democracy itself...
Once the law is humbled, all else that is valuable in a civilized society
will vanish, usually with terrifying speed. On the other hand, provided
the rule of law is maintained intact, the evil forces in society, however
powerful, will be brought to book in the end - as witness the downfall
of the Nixon administration."
"The Enemies of Society"
Signed in 1789, the United States of America has the
oldest existing constitution still in use in the world (with Norway
coming in second place with their constitution dating back to 1814).
To my knowledge, the United States is the only country to base its
society not on a shared past or culture but on an idea, that of political
freedom: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
"We the People of the United States,
in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic
Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare,
and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do
ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
From the Preamble of the United States of America
Ratified by the 13 colonies in 1789
LIVE FREE OR DIE!
Motto of the State of New Hampshire
"Although it had flaws and is still not perfect, our Constitution
has allowed a system of government to flourish with freedom and opportunity
unequaled anywhere in the world before or since. The United States has
no need for walls or laws to keep people from moving elsewhere; and for
over 200 years countless millions of people have come here from all parts
of the globe, creating a society of pluralism and diversity resting on
"For being an American and enjoying the
fruits of our Constitution - the liberty and opportunity that our system
of self-government makes possible - is a lifelong adventure. It is
a prviledge that carries responsibilities we must all fulfill."
Warren E. Burger
"The Constitutions: Foundation of Our Freedom"