As we saw after 9/11, the strength of America has always been the character and compassion of our people. So as we mark this solemn anniversary, let’s summon that spirit once more. And let’s show that the sense of common purpose that we need in America doesn’t have to be a fleeting moment; it can be a lasting virtue—not just on one day, but every day.”

Here.. We do this all the time. It’s just that its voluntary, consensual, spontaneous, decentralized, under-reported, matter-of-fact. It was observed and popularized by Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, published in 1835.