America has never been united by blood or birth or soil.
We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds,
lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens.
Every child must be taught these principles. Every citizen must uphold them.
And every immigrant, by embracing these ideals, makes our country more, not less, American.
--George W. Bush
I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason,
I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
--James Baldwin Notes of a Native Son