Equally important to the foreign-policy methods used to support democracy abroad are the ways in which it is practised in the United States. When Americans try to impose democracy, they tarnish it. When they live up to their own best traditions, they can stimulate emulation and create the soft power of attraction. This is what Ronald Reagan called the 'shining city on the hill.
Nye, Jr., Joseph S. "Taking Democracy to the People." Globe and Mail (Canada), May 13, 2009.