Reagan on America as an Idea

…America is less a place than an idea… It is nothing but the inherent love of freedom in each one of us… It is simply the idea—the basis of this country and of our religion—the idea of the dignity of man, the idea that deep within the heart of each one of us is something so God-like and precious that no individual or group has a right to impose his or its will upon the people, that no group can decide for the people what is good for the people so well as they can decide for themselves.

—Ronald Reagan, Commencement Address at William Woods College, 2 June 1952

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