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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Our history is full of great nautical heroes and achievements so I thought I would look at how the ship of State has been doing lately.
Standard and Poor's has fired a shot across the bow of our ship of state signaling that the debt bomb is ticking.
In the absence of his stabilizing presence, the foundering ship of state could run aground.
Faced with a rudderless Labour Party he has been allowed to steer the ship of state whichever way he chooses.
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.
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 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.
Terence Corcoran in the Post was reminded of Pierre Trudeau's description of this party as "seagulls, squawking and squealing above the ship of state and pretending.