Over the course of history, and more emphatically, recent history, nations, in particular democracies, swing on the pendulum between idealism and realism.
In Federalist Paper 62, James Madison wrote “It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.”
For centuries, Americans have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day every March 17. Dating all the way back to 1601, before the 50 states, before the 13 colonies, before the Seven Years War, even before the Plymouth Colony was founded, colonists celebrated the holiday.
When President Trump authorized the strategic strike against Iran’s Qasem Soleimani there was an uproar of praise and worry stemming from the same people: Americans.
It would be easy to look at those who have succeeded in life and point to their success as the product of a constant succession of kind years. It would be easy to look upon a Charles Wilson Peale of George Washington and see the General as all-conquering.