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from 'Liberty's Surest Guardian'

To the efficacy and permanacy of your Union, a government for the whole is indispensible...Liberty itself will find in such a government, with powers properly distributed and adjsuted, its surest guardian. -- Geogre Washington, 1976


Our values are not simply words written into parchment—they are a creed that calls us together, and that has carried us through the darkest of storms as one nation, as one people. -- Barack Obama, 2009


No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution can be valid. To deny this would be to affirm that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves. --- Alexander Hamilton



!e affair of the establishment of a government is a very difficult undertaking for foreign powers to act in as principals; though as auxiliaries and mediators, it has been not at all unusual, and may be a measure full of policy and humanity, and true dignity. -- Edmund Burke, 1793


The people of Afghanistan have endured violence for decades. They've been confronted with occupation—by the Soviet Union, and then by foreign Al Qaeda fighters who used Afghan land for their own purposes. So tonight, I want the Afghan people to understand—America seeks an end to this era of war and suffering. We have no interest in occupying your country. We will support efforts by the Afghan government to open the door to those Taliban who abandon violence and respect the human rights of their fellow citizens. And we will seek a partnership with Afghanistan grounded in mutual respect—to isolate those who destroy; to strengthen those who build; to hasten the day when our troops will leave; and to forge a lasting friendship in which America is your partner, and never your patron.

President Barack Obama, December 2009