“...so be it
threaten no more
to secure peace is to prepare for war


so be it
settle the score
touch me again for the words that you'll hear evermore...”

~ Metallica - Don't Tread On Me Metallica (1991)


"There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war."

                                    ~ George Washington, Annual Message, December 1793

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