This week's Christmas Day attack on America serves as a timely reminder that we must continue to be vigilant against terrorists and those who despise America.
When America established a written Constitution to govern our affairs, we became a beacon of hope and liberty to the world - a beacon for the rule of law, based on the consent of the governed.
Those who desire to rule in another way - by divine right, dictatorship, or theological nightmare - shudder at the thought of America's adherence to the rule of law, the Social Compact, and unalienable rights. They can not succeed in the war of ideas, so they try to light themselves on fire and take down hundreds of innocent civilians in the process.
This threat is never ending. America will always be targeted by those who hate liberty and freedom. This is the cost of freedom.
As long as we stay true to our First Principles, America will persevere and continue to light the beacon of liberty for the world. And it is our duty, as Americans, to make sure that we stay that way.