Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time – but it does require us to act in our time.Hey Congress, this part was directed to you.
We have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.President Obama in his second inaugural address today. (via election)
History tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing.Obama, during his inauguration speech.