Over-optimistic

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The above was printed in 1891, hence the reference to the 44 states of the Union.

Also, in case some don’t recognize some of the allusions, such as the reference to ‘John Bull letting Jonathan go’ — the ‘Jonathan’ in question is ‘Brother Jonathan’, who was the American equivalent of the British personification John Bull. Brother Jonathan was usually depicted visually as being tall, thin, and top-hatted, sort of a precursor of Uncle Sam.

But the optimism about the future of America being control of all of North America, from the Aurora Borealis (the pole, presumably) to ‘Lessep’s Last Ditch‘, (the Panama Canal) — well, that obviously proved to be unfounded. As to Europe clamoring for annexation by our country, that has hardly happened either. And there isn’t to be a United States of the World, at least not one headed by Anglo-Saxon America. Now I hope we know enough to realize that any kind of world federation is not something to be desired. Unfortunately though many of us know what a bad idea it is, we are in danger of having it forced on us, and we, that is, the Founding Fathers’ posterity, will most assuredly not have a leading role of any kind in it.

However, maybe the prophecy about Mexico trying to slip in under the wings of the Eagle is coming true — but not in the benign way that the writer must have intended it.

Yes, there was a time, apparently at its peak in the 1890s, when Anglo-America still saw a bright and glorious future for us and our posterity. What happened to change all this along the way? I could offer my answers, but we probably all recognize when things started to change irrevocably.

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