"The cause of Hawaii and independence is larger and dearer than the life of any man connected with it. Love of country is deep-seated in the breast of every Hawaiian, whatever his station."
But these caveats do not dim my love of country. I am still stirred by "The Star-Spangled Banner." I think our messy mixture of democratic traditions, respect for the individual, and economic dynamism commands a unique place in human history. In most societies, people are marked by where they were born, their ethnic heritage or religious conviction. In the United States, these are secondary. Americans' self-identity springs from the beliefs on which this country was founded, including the belief that no one is automatically better than anyone else simply by virtue of birth.
The subject surfaced (again) this weekend when Giuliani said: "I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America ... He wasn't brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country."