“Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!—All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
“At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”
Is this it? Are we in the throes of a national suicide, our suicide as a democracy? We have let the rich run the country for their own benefit and thereby set us one against the other. We elect a buffoon in an attempt to throw off the yoke of the rich, but he is also rich and only knows the way of the rich … which is not democratic.
Should we leave a note for those who follow so they will not make the same mistakes?