The highest duty of the States...was to protect the unalienable rights of all persons within their boundaries
"The very highest duty of the States, when they entered into the Union under the Constitution, was to protect all persons within their boundaries in the enjoyment of these 'unalienable rights with which they were endowed by their Creator.'"
-- U.S. v. Cruikshank, 92 U.S. 542 (1875)
"We the People
"...that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom...”
-- Abraham Lincoln