Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.
No free government can stand without virtue in the people, and a lofty spirit of patriotism.
Virtue may be defined as the love of the laws and of our country. As such love requires a constant preference of public to private interest, it is the source of all private virtue…. A government is like everything else: to preserve it we must love it…. Everything, therefore, depends on establishing this love in a republic.
In America, we are equal and free not because we have the same material goods, power, and interests as each other but because we are people. We believe that freedom and rights are our birthright. Now ...