". . . . that the foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality; . . . .
I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my country can inspire, since there is no truth more thoroughly established than that there exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness - between duty and advantage - between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity; since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the external rules of order and right which heaven itself has ordained; and since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people."
A statue of George Washington at Federal Hall in New York City.
Michele and I standing with a New York City police officer at the steps of Federal Hall in New York City. This was after 9/11 and just before the last Presidential election. He was a really nice guy and was glad to see we were wearing our buttons in support of Bush/Cheney!