Take a penny from your pocket. On one side, next to Lincoln’s portrait, is a single word: “Liberty.” On the other side is our national motto. It says E Pluribus Unum—“Out of Many, One.” It does not say “Every Man for Himself.”
That humble penny is an explicit declaration—one you can carry around in your pocket—that America is about both individual liberty and community obligation. These two commitments—to protect personal freedom and seek common group—are the coin of our realm, the measure of our worth.
President Bill Clinton