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Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad. —James Madison Letter to Thomas Jefferson May 1798 The best of times in the new United States of America was followed by the worst of times. The golden age of the founders ended with President George Washington’s farewell address in 1796, warning of the dangers of foreign alliances and party politics. As with childrre left in a schoolroom without the...

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