"It was not a religion that attacked us that September day. It was al-Qaeda. We will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust"
- Barack Obama
About this Quote
This quote by Barack Obama talks to the importance of not enabling worry to dictate our actions. He is advising us that it was not a religious beliefs that assaulted us on September 11th, but rather a terrorist organization, al-Qaeda. He is warning us against compromising our treasured liberties in the face of worry, and versus building walls of suspicion and skepticism. He is stressing that we should remain vigilant and protect ourselves, however that we need to likewise remain true to our values and not permit worry to determine our actions. We should stay open and trusting, and not allow worry to lead us to close ourselves off from the world.
"I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office"