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Washington’s Farewell Address [3]

A Republic or an Empire?

By | James Strock |

The United States in the World

Following the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and his own first inaugural address, Washington’s Farewell speaks to the wider world. From the start, American nationalism was self-consciously universal. In meeting our obligations to one another at home, we would perform important service for the wider world.

The happiness of the people of these States, under the auspices of liberty, may be made so complete by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use of this blessing as will acquire to them the glory of recommending it to the applause, the affection, and adoption of every nation which is yet a stranger to it.

This is consistent with Madison’s Federalist, No. 63, relating to the constitutional vision of the Senate.

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