An English admirer of America once described a different kind of American exceptionalism, one based on something far less common and more inspiring than an ability and willingness to use force against other nations to bend them to our will.
On July 5, 1787, James Madison warned against the discord that comes from compromise for its own sake.
There are many lessons for our current political situation to be learned from the colonial declarations of independence.
The United States would be wise to learn from the vengeful attacks on Aetolia carried out in 218 B.C. by Philip V of Macedon.
At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, James Madison remarkably supported giving the federal government power to nullify state laws.