United States of America is unique in world history because it has a genius for
leaders -- many leaders -- on many levels."
"Three hundred and sixty years
ago in 1620, a group of families dared to cross a mighty ocean to build a
future for themselves in a new world. When they arrived at Plymouth,
Massachusetts, they formed what they called a "compact"; an agreement among
themselves to build a community and abide by its laws."
"This single act -- the voluntary
binding together of free people to live under the law -- set the pattern for what
was to come."
"A century and a half later,
the descendants of those people pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their
sacred honor to found this nation. Some forfeited their fortunes and their
lives; none sacrificed honor."
"Four score and seven years
later, Abraham Lincoln called upon the people of all America to renew their
dedication and their commitment to a government of, for, and by the people."
"As your nominee I pledge to you to restore to the Federal
government the capacity to do the people's work, without dominating their lives."
"I will not accept the excuse
that the federal government has grown so big and powerful that it is beyond the
control of any President, any Administration, or Congress."
"We are going to put an
end to the notion that the American taxpayer exists to fund the federal
federal government exists to serve the American people."
"Let our friends and those who may wish us ill take note: the United States has
an obligation to its citizens and to the people of the world never to let those
who would destroy freedom dictate the future course of life on this planet."
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