Our leaders have a moral obligation to protect the most vulnerable and marginalised in society
My father fought for the United States in World War II. I am very proud of the fact that he and his fellow veterans did not fight solely to make America great, they fought thousands of miles from their homes because liberty, diversity and democracy had to be protected.
Their ideals were summed up in an inspirational speech made by the man who would soon be their commander-in-chief, president Franklin D Roosevelt.
Months before the United States entered the war, Mr Roosevelt, in his 1941 State of the Union speech, declared four fundamental freedoms that people "everywhere in the world" ought to enjoy - freedom of speech; freedom of worship; freedom from want and freedom from fear.