ship of state


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ship of state

The nation, as in We can't help but wonder who will be steering our ship of state a hundred years from now . This metaphoric expression was first recorded in English in a translation of Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince (1675).
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Rohani's wish to turn the ship of state around was obvious to some.
The ship of State has apparently steered a course too close to Europe, run aground on the rocks and is tipping over.
Our job is to think, analyse, argue the toss, convince others of our point of view, steer the ship of state clear of rocks and into calmer waters.
Does he not realise that these foghorns are going off because he and his pals in the banks drove the ship of state straight into the worst economic storm in Irish history.
and western corporate/government/military liaisons continues to steer the ship of state, apparently without working radar or rudder, on its destructive course through this complex web of problems.
org comments, "Most people around the world seem to have a positive view of the young new captain at the helm of the American ship of state, though many people see this huge ship as still carrying forward domineering policies.
During the press conference, President Obama made remarks about the "ship of state", an expression in English equivalent to our idiom [in Arabic] about a captain navigating a ship, when he said that he found out that "the ship of state is an ocean liner, not a speed boat.
The ship of state seems steady indeed under Captain John Lynch.
The ship of state is heading towards the rocks," he said.
Unless the government makes fundamental changes in its budget, entitlement, discretionary spending, and tax policies--and soon--the coming surge of spending on Social Security and Medicare will bring a fiscal tsunami of spending and debt that threatens to swamp our ship of state, damaging the U.
America needs an opposition party not merely to reshuffle the deck chairs on the Titanic, but to turn the ship of state back towards the Constitution, the system of checks and balances, and to that most appealing of American principles: the idea that the rule of law applies to every citizen.
According to Holmes, America's founding fathers were largely creatures of the Enlightenment, Deists who believed the Creator had endowed all people with a freedom of conscience and religion on which no government should trample, and who had good reason to fear an intolerant religion at the helm of the ship of state.
But what really depresses, nay terrifies me, is the realisation that John Prescott will be at the helm of the Ship of State while Tony Blair is away.
The American Prospect) Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic won't keep the ship of state from sinking.
The attempted purchase of Unocal is just the first shot across the bow of our ship of state.