"The safety of a republic depends essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment; on a uniformity of principles and habits; on the exemption of the citizens from foreign bias and prejudice, and on the love of country which will almost invariably be found to be closely connected with birth, education, and family. The opinion advanced in Notes on Virginia [by Thomas Jefferson] is undoubtedly correct, that foreigners will generally be apt to bring with them attachments to the persons they have left behind; to the country of their nativity, and to its particular customs and manners. They will also entertain opinions on government congenial with those under which they have lived; or, if they should be led hither from a preference to ours, how extremely unlikely is it that they will bring with them that temperate love of liberty, so essential to real republicanism?"
by:
Alexander Hamilton
(1757-1804) American statesman, Secretary of the Treasury
Source:
Alexander Hamilton, The Examination, No. 8 (January 12, 1802).
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 -- Al, DC     
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    “Safety”, when relied upon to garner support in a political atmosphere is an immediate warning of what is about to be unfurled. Safety of socialism and other theocratic regimes essentially depend on their helots’, serfs’ and slaves’ common national sentiment and, on a uniformity of principles and habits. A republican form of government is an expression of inalienable rights, liberty and ordering of the laws of nature and of nature’s God by individual sovereigns – individually and in concert.

    Human nature does bring with it attachments to family, customs, life styles, and manners. The acceptance of differences within individuals of the family of man is noble. When those differences are the premise of rights, liberty and law destruction (such as is now occurring within most body politics of the U.S and world), those individuals should be interacted with as criminals.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Ronw13, Oregon      
    And as a result, today's Americans know little about "real republicanism" and the uniqueness of the American system of governance based upon the inalienable rights of humankind that no government can take away.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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