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John Quincy Adams

July 11, 1767 - February 23, 1848
"America ... well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than he own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extraction, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. ... She would be no longer the rule of he own spirit."source: Address, July 4, 1821.foreign relations, policy, conflict, force, treaties

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