Forging a nation and a state out of disparate communities has always been a hard-won feat. But here in America we met the challenge and built our nation on ideal and practical values. Among them is our commitment, diverse as we are, to be, in principle and substance, responsible for ourselves and accountable to others for being trustworthy.
Indeed, over the course of its 228 year constitutional history, its citizens exemplifying the principles of responsibility, accountability and trustworthiness, America has won preeminent status among nations. It is recognized for the breadth and depth of its might, of course. But it is also recognized among ordinary people here and throughout the world that we citizens, if so motivated and not marginalized by discrimination, may enjoy the freedom to engage in the pragmatic endeavor to craft a life of our own design.