In their practice, nations
agree with Paley; but does anyone think that Massachusetts does exactly what is right at the present crisis?
I know not how significant it is, or how far it is an evidence of singularity, that an individual should thus consent in his pettiest walk with the general movement of the race; but I know that something akin to the migratory instinct in birds and quadrupeds--which, in some instances, is known to have affected the squirrel tribe, impelling them to a general and mysterious movement, in which they were seen, say some, crossing the broadest rivers, each on its particular chip, with its tail raised for a sail, and bridging narrower streams with their dead--that something like the furor which affects the domestic cattle in the spring, and which is referred to a worm in their tails,--affects both nations
and individuals, either perennially or from time to time.
Such were these Giants, men of high renown; For in those dayes Might onely shall be admir'd, And Valour and Heroic Vertu call'd; To overcome in Battel, and subdue Nations
, and bring home spoils with infinite Man-slaughter, shall be held the highest pitch Of human Glorie, and for Glorie done Of triumph, to be styl'd great Conquerours, Patrons of Mankind, Gods, and Sons of Gods, Destroyers rightlier call'd and Plagues of men.
As for us, who were to go by Zeila, we had still greater difficulties to struggle with: we were entirely strangers to the ways we were to take, to the manners, and even to the names of the nations
through which we were to pass.
And then came the telephone, giving direct instantaneous communication and putting the people of each nation
within hearing distance of each other.
Thomas Jefferson believed that to preserve the very foundations of our nation
we would need dramatic change from time to time.
To that world assembly of sovereign states: the United Nations
Washington, though in retirement, was brooding over the cruel injustice suffered by his associates in arms, the warriors of the Revolution; over the prostration of the public credit and the faith of the nation
, in the neglect to provide for the payments even of the interest upon the public debt; over the disappointed hopes of the friends of freedom; in the language of the address from Congress to the States of the eighteenth of April, 1788--"the pride and boast of America, that the rights for which she contended were the rights of human nature.
Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation
survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish.
The cries of the nation
and the importunities of their representatives have, upon various occasions, dragged their monarchs into war, or continued them in it, contrary to their inclinations, and sometimes contrary to the real interests of the State.
As a nation
we have made peace and war; as a nation
we have vanquished our common enemies; as a nation
we have formed alliances, and made treaties, and entered into various compacts and conventions with foreign states.
If one nation
maintains constantly a disciplined army, ready for the service of ambition or revenge, it obliges the most pacific nations
who may be within the reach of its enterprises to take corresponding precautions.