T.H. White“All other nations had come into being among people whose families had lived for time out of mind on the same land where they were born.  Englishmen are English, Frenchmen are French, Chinese are Chinese, while their governments come and go; their national states can be torn apart and remade without losing their nationhood.  But Americans are a nation born of an idea; not the place, but the idea, created the United States Government.”

Theodore H. White, “The American Idea” (an unfinished essay published after his death in 1986)