Building on Jake's theme of exploring the nature of republics, here's a great quote by one of the great orators of the American political tradition:
"Behold a republic standing erect while empires all around are bowed beneath the weight of their own armaments -- a republic whose flag is loved while other flags are only feared."
- William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), American statesman and three-time Democratic Party nominee for the presidency.
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