War of 1812 Showed Importance of Maintaining Military Strength


Another view of the War of 1812, from the Heritage Foundation:

War of 1812 Showed Importance of Maintaining Military Strength: This week 200 years ago, Congress passed and President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain, then the world’s most powerful nation. Our young country had already fought three wars since adopting the Constitution in 1788, yet this marked Congress’s first such declaration, and the highly controversial act passed without a single vote from a member of the Federalist party. The War of 1812—mostly forgotten today—helped shape the national character and greatly refined…

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