The average American is nothing if not patriotic.
The popular will cannot be taken for granted, it must be created.
In Jefferson's mind democracy was tantamount to extreme individualism.
Of course, Americans have no monopoly of patriotic enthusiasm and good faith.
American history contains much matter for pride and congratulation, and much matter for regret and humiliation.
Had it not been for the Atlantic Ocean and the virgin wilderness, the United States would never have been the Land of Promise.
Democracy may mean something more than a theoretically absolute popular government, but it assuredly cannot mean anything less.
The only fruitful promise of which the life of any individual or any nation can be possessed, is a promise determined by an ideal.
Unless the great majority of Americans not only have, but believe they have, a fair chance, the better American future will be dangerously compromised.
I am not a prophet in any sense of the word, and I entertain an active and intense dislike of the foregoing mixture of optimism, fatalism, and conservatism.