The Fall of Rome and Modern Parallels - by Lawrence W. Reed
"With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice that Providence has
been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people a
people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language,
professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of
government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their
joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long
and bloody war, have nobly established general liberty and independence.
This country and this people seem to have been made for each other, and it
appears as if it was the design of Providence, that an inheritance so proper
and convenient for a band of brethren, united to each other by the strongest
ties, should never be split into a number of unsocial, jealous, and alien
It isn't the critic that counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again...who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls that know neither defeat nor victory.