“My ardent desire is, and my aim has been… to comply strictly with all our engagements foreign and domestic; but to keep the U States free from political connections with every other Country. To see that they may be independent of all, and under the influence of none. In a word, I want an American character, that the powers of Europe may be convinced we act for ourselves and not for others; this, in my judgment, is the only way to be respected abroad and happy at home.” ~ George Washington, in a letter to Patrick Henry, October 9, 1775
Are we independent of all? Under the influence of none?
Do we have such an “American character” that powers abroad are convinced that we act for ourselves and not for others?