Words From the President

Liberty is power . . .  the spirit of improvement is abroad upon the earth . . .  let not foreign nations with less liberty exceed us in public improvement . . .  to do so would cast away the bounties of Providence and doom  . . . the world’s most powerful nation to perpetual inferiority.

One would immediately think China, of course, but they were not remotely on the President’s mind when he made these remarks  . . . . on December 6, 1825.  John Quincy Adams was either prescient beyond belief or not all that much has changed in the world since his first address to Congress. 

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