This is where understanding us begins.

Trying to understand the United States means trying to imagine a healthy antagonism towards government. We were invented by people who knew that serving power is inevitable; that most people just want a king. And they knew whoever had the power of government for a moment would want to be king forever. So they set us up to play at government like a game, and showed us that by following the rules of the game, we could always knock off the princes before they became kings.

The United States lives and dies by its faith in the rules, and its leaders are always wholeheartedly committed to scrapping them. This nation, truly, is a miracle.

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