“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?” wrote Jefferson.
Now more than ever, a coherent, holistic strategy is required that will unite and enhance our capabilities to advance Britain’s position in the world.
In his speech, he quoted from the Bible, in its best and most traditional version: yet more evidence of his own conservatism.
Tensions have been building for the best part of a year, serious skirmishes broke out in June – and America is nowhere to be seen.
America’s Constitution is remarkable not because it produces a stream of great Presidents, but because it survives the election of so many bad ones.
From Brexit, to climate change, to the World Trade Organization, how would this administration align with the UK government?
While working on its Brexit deal, it is simultaneously cultivating trade relationships with Japan, the US, Australia and New Zealand.
Historians concentrate on such great men as Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, and ignore the more Trumpian figures who reached the White House.
The Prime Minister has shown a moderation of which his critics did not believe him capable.
It must necessarily have a worldview. The question is whether or not this has caught up with the Brexit vote.
Obsessing with a Washington debate about impeachment is a gift to the President, who repeats a far simpler message.
Indeed, the next shutdown might come before very long. And there’s no sign that Trump or his opponents are in a compromising mood.
It can be hard to look past the President’s excesses – but the realities of government and the economy tell a more mixed story than you might assume.
The President’s decision has aroused concern in both parties, and drawn attention once again to an issue he is desperate to shake off.
The element of surprise can work if it outfoxes the opposition, but not if shocks your own side.