Despite our problems and differences, we still are the 'Shining city on the hill,' the beacon of light to the rest of the world. Happy Independence Day to all!
January 11, 1989 --Ronald Reagan's farewell address to the nation
"I've spoken of the shining city all my political life…. And how stands the city on this winter night? … After 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true to the granite ridge, and her glow has held no matter what storm. And she's still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home."