It is of high importance to the peace of America that she observe the laws of nations towards all these powers, and to me it appears evident that this will be more perfectly and punctually done by one national government than it could be either by thirteen separate States or by three or four distinct confederacies.
Hence, it will result that the administration, the political counsels, and the judicial decisions of the national government will be more wise, systematical, and judicious than those of individual States, and consequently more satisfactory with respect to other nations, as well as more SAFE with respect to us.
THE three last numbers of this paper have been dedicated to an enumeration of the dangers to which we should be exposed, in a state of disunion, from the arms and arts of foreign nations
But, then, I do not want it; I want a country, a nation
, of my own.
And how to develop a science of intercommunication, which commenced when the wild animals began to travel in herds and to protect themselves from their enemies by a language of danger-signals, and to democratize this science until the entire nation
becomes self-conscious and able to act as one living being--that is the part of this universal problem which finally necessitated the invention of the telephone.
If a federal Constitution could chain the ambition or set bounds to the exertions of all other nations
, then indeed might it prudently chain the discretion of its own government, and set bounds to the exertions for its own safety.
and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations
under the absolute control of all nations
Many other plans of the nations
of the earth were twisted and tangled and postponed for the same reason.
They more many than my nation
, in the place where me was; they take one, two, three, and me: my nation
over-beat them in the yonder place, where me no was; there my nation
take one, two, great thousand.
As a nation
grows and changes, its literature grows and changes with it.
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.
But in the exulting illusion of irresistible might a long series of military successes brings to a nation
the less obvious aspect of such a fortune may perchance be lost to view.