During President Obama’s inaugural address, President Obama stated
As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers … our found fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all the other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.
This, in my opinion, squares nicely with the Ben Franklin quote at the top of the page, “Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither liberty nor security.” I have a fervent hope that we indeed return to the rule of law. We’ve had too much in the way of arguably illegal detentions (e.g., Guantanamo) and allegedly illegal wiretaps. Both of these actions undermine the freedoms all American armed forces fight/fought for.
Here’s wishing President Obama and our nation the best as we collectively continuing moving forward.