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America goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom of independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colours and usurp the standard of freedom.

 

John Quincy Adams, 1767 - 1848  (Born the same year as Mary Cole, Countess of Berkeley - whose sisters both emigrated to America - and almost an exact contemporary of this President.)

 

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Our pleasure

"Thank you so much for popping over and protecting us!"

–A sarcastic Maria Aitken as Wendy Leach to Kevin Kline's Otto in A Fish Called Wanda.

That John Quincy was no fool.

Huntington Sharp, Red Room

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The ties that bind

Thanks, Hunti. But we're all in the same boat, you know. Never forget Britain stands shoulder to shoulder with America. You heard it from G. Dubblyer himself!

These days we take our lead from our errant cousins over the Pond. It would give George III a real headache!

To be serious, although JQA was, of course, speaking for America, it was a philosophy he thought wisest for humanity as a whole.

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A piece to medidate.You sure

A piece to medidate.You sure love America.You sincerely stretch a helping hand to this great nation in these troubled times.

regards

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Thanks, Hammoudi

Your comment is appreciated. Some of my ancestors were Pilgrims in New Hampshire. The thing is, America's troubles are Britain's troubles, too, more than vice versa. In the long run, geography and 'living space' dictate the differences. Some say we're heading to be the next US state. I don't think so myself, but it could be that currency will become what holds us together.