My country right or wrong; when right, to keep her right; when wrong, to put her right.
From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests;
you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.
Consider: if you incorporate those tropical countries with the Republic of the United States, you will have to incorporate their people too.
The Senator from Wisconsin cannot frighten me by exclaiming, My country, right or wrong. In one sense I say so too. My country; and my country is the great American Republic. My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right.
Editor of the Detroit Post 1866-67, Co-Editor, the St. Louis Westliche Post 1867-69, Editor, the New York Evening Post 1881-83, U.S. Minister to Spain 1861-62, U.S. Senator 1869-75, U.S. Secretary of the Interior 1877-81.