………From the beginning, others have seen Americans not as a people who sought ordered stability but as persistent disturbers of the status quo. As the ancient Corinthians said of the Athenians, they were “incapable of either living a quiet life themselves or of allowing
anyone else to do so.” Nineteenth-century Americans were, in the words of French diplomats, “numerous,” “warlike,” and an “enemy to be feared.”
In 1817, John Quincy Adams reported from London, “The universal feeling of Europe in witnessing the gigantic growth of our population and power is that we shall, if united, become a very dangerous member of the society of nations.”
Austria’s Prince Metternich rightly feared what would happen to the “moral force” of Europe’s conservative monarchies when “this flood of evil doctrines” was married to the military, economic, and political power Americans seemed destined to acquire…..
via Cowboy Nation.