The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.
Preparation for war is a constant stimulus to suspicion and ill will.
If we look to the history of other nations, ancient or modern, we find no example of a growth so rapid, so gigantic, of a people so prosperous and happy.
It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty.
To impose taxes when the public exigencies require them is an obligation of the most sacred character, especially with a free people.
By the last returns to the Department of War the militia force of the several States may be estimated at 800,000 men - infantry, artillery, and cavalry.
The civil war which has so long prevailed between Spain and the Provinces in South America still continues, without any prospect of its speedy termination.
In the wars of the European powers in matters relating to themselves we have never taken any part, not does it comport with our policy so to do. It is only when our rights are invaded or seriously menaced that we resent injuries or make preparation for our defence.
The right of self defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals, and whether the attack be made by Spain herself or by those who abuse her power, its obligation is not the less strong.
I have great satisfaction in stating that our relations with France, Russia, and other powers continue on the most friendly basis.
Our relations with the other powers of Europe have experienced no essential change since the last session.
The American continents... are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers.
Never did a government commence under auspices so favorable, nor ever was success so complete.
The mention of Greece fills the mind with the most exalted sentiments and arouses in our bosoms the best feelings of which our nature is capable.
A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.