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"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America."
"In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell."
"America is no stronger than its people - and that means you and me. Well, I believe in you, and I believe that if we work together then one day we will say, ``We fought the good fight. We finished the race We kept the faith.'' And to our children and our children's children we can say, ``We did all that could be done in the brief time that was given to us here on earth."
"I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free."
"The greatness of our country has been based on our thinking that everyone has a right even to be wrong."
"The government of the United States is a device for maintaining in perpetuity the rights of the people, with the ultimate extinction of all privileged classes."
"The business of America is business."
"We know that equality of individual ability has never existed and never will, but we do insist that equality of opportunity still must be sought."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
"I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than the means."
"We cannot be both the world’s leading champion of peace and the world’s leading supplier of arms."
"It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate - to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance."
"I don't intellectually understand you people. I don't understand your hate, I don't understand your rage, I don't understand what it is about the goodness of this country you can't abide."
"A Galileo could no more be elected president of the United States than he could be elected Pope of Rome. Both high posts are reserved for men favored by God with an extraordinary genius for swathing the bitter facts of life in bandages of self-illusion."
"The thing we all have to understand to put these last two years in focus, is that liberals in this country care more about whether European leaders like us than they do about whether terrorists are killing us."
"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear — kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor — with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it."
"America is the first country to have gone from barbarism to decadence without the usual intervening period of civilization."
"The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure."
"It is our true policy to steer clear of any permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world."
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
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