What is it that we Americans stand for? What is it about our nation that makes us most proud? What is it that makes other nations of the world respect and admire and emulate us? It is our unparalleled commitment to personal freedom and to the dignity of the individual. It is captured in our guarantee of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, due process of law, equal protection of the law, and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures and cruel and unusual punishments. We are the beacon to the world because we aspire to be good and fair and just to one another. That is who we are and who we want to be.
We do not always live up to our aspirations. At times, we have embarrassed ourselves and tarnished our image. We have brutally persecuted dissenters, interned innocent persons, suspended habeas corpus, intrusively investigated innocent individuals and recklessly invaded reasonable expectations of privacy, we have even tortured our fellow human beings. We are a well-meaning but imperfect nation. We strive to be good, but we are only as good as our people, our leaders, and our institutions enable us to be.
Presidents have a wide range of official advisors, each with a designated portfolio. There is a Secretary of Defense, a Secretary of Labor, a Secretary of Energy, a National Security Advisor, and a Domestic Policy Advisor, to name just a few. The next president should create a brand new position, which should become a permanent part of the Executive Branch in the future: a Civil Liberties Advisor.