Presidents of the past have shone their own light, by which we can perhaps be guided in our handling of the Syrian refugee issue:
“This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes efforts to convert retreat into advance.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt.
“Let us, then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things. And let us reflect that, having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little if we countenance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked, and capable of as bitter and bloody persecutions.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Justice requires us to remember that when any citizen denies his fellow, saying ‘his color is not mine’ or ‘his beliefs are strange and different’, in that moment he betrays America, though his forebears created this nation.” – Lyndon Johnson
“The spirit of the American people can set the course of world history. If we maintain and strengthen our cherished ideals, and if we share our great bounty with war-stricken people over the world, then the faith of our citizens in freedom and democracy will be spread over the whole earth and free men everywhere will share our devotion to those ideals.” – Harry Truman
“I have found – as I am sure you have, in your travels – that people everywhere, in spite of occasional disappointments, look to us – not to our wealth or power, but to the splendor of our ideals. For our Nation is commissioned by history to be either an observer of freedom’s failure or the cause of its success. Our overriding obligation in the months ahead is to fulfill the world’s hopes by fulfilling our own faith.” – John F. Kennedy
“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” – Bill Clinton
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