What makes it possible for men to govern themselves by law?
A law is just a piece of paper with some words on it some laws, some of our most important laws are not even written down.
Nevertheless, laws are the most powerful instrument that society has ever invented. In the history of mankind they have proved themselves to be more powerful than armies or navies or any kind of war machinery.
Laws derive this great, strange power from one source, from the faith that one man or one woman has in other People. I have a great faith that you will obey the laws and you have a great faith that I will obey the laws. That faith makes our democracy strong. That faith binds us together.
If that faith should weaken, if I should lose faith in you, or you in me, our system of laws would be weakened. Our democracy would begin to break down.
Conscience as the Keystone
What gives us this faith in each other?
Essentially it is that each of us knows that the other has a conscience. The conscience of a democratic people is a great and a very noble achievement. We have groped for it through centuries of darkness, through generations of oppression.
You know far better than any one else how conscience has been developed and trained.
We got our conscience as children from our mothers in our homes and from our teachers in our schools. At home and at school, under the guidance of the women who shape all lives, we learned the simple lessons, the lessons of truth and honesty, of sharing and of giving, of self respect and of self control.
We learned obedience to the law and how to live among our fellow men.
It is for this reason, because they teach us the difference between good and evil, because they teach us to obey the law, that women are the guardians of democracy.
Let us continue this tradition for the sake of mankind.
Government by the people, for the people.
We can and we will make jobs for our young people. I believe in America . I want you to believe in America . And I want you to teach our children to believe in America .
I want you to teach the simple beautiful principle in which our nation is grounded.
Gather your family together on our great national holidays. Read to your children the sacred words of the Declaration of Independence or the Gettysburg Address. They are the living creed of our American faith.
Teach them that way now. Teach them with the love for freedom and human dignity that is in all your hearts.
Consecrate yourself to the salvation of the nation to devoted, faithful service. Fill every American home and every American schoolroom with the living spirit of American democracy, with belief in ourselves, with belief in one another, with belief in our country and its future.
Say with your children and think and mean it while you say it and live every word of this declaration of American
I pledge allegiance to my flag
And to the republic for which it stands,
One nation, indivisible,
With liberty and justice for all.
YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2013