"There is much that unites us. We [as Americans] share a profound commitment to basic rights for all—rights to life
and liberty, to opportunity, to a decent education, to a job. We
believe in fairness and honesty in business. We believe in a free press
eager to speak truth to power. We believe that the government cannot
tell us whom we can marry or where we can worship or intrude on any of
our other important personal and family decision. With so much to unite
us, we must join together in rejecting those who coarsen our political
system and divide us for their own political purposes." -- Senator Edward Kennedy, America Back on Track, 2006. Hat tip, New Yorker.