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ship of state

The nation as a whole, imagined as a naval vessel. Thinking of such an arrogant buffoon at the helm of our ship of state makes me feel positively queasy. Lawmakers have spent the last four years bailing out the ship of state from sinking completely into economic disaster, so it's no wonder that there are a laundry list of social issues that need to be reexamined.
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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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ship of state

The nation. This metaphor was used by ancient Greek poets (Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes; Sophocles, Antigone) and numerous others, so that by 1714 Jonathan Swift was writing (Imitations of Horace), “The Metaphor be worn and stale Betwixt a State, and Vessel under Sail.” It nevertheless is still used, although less often today, generally in conjunction with the idea of steering or guiding the ship (i.e., nation) by means of diplomacy or domestic policy. William Safire pointed out that in 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent British Prime Minister Winston Churchill a poem to encourage Britain in the war against Nazi Germany: “Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State! Sail on, O union, strong and great! Humanity with all its fears, With all the hopes of future years, Is hanging breathless on thy fate” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Building of the Ship,” 1849).
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Plato's 'ship of state' was more of a boat considering the population of the region of Attica back in his time was between 250,000 and 300,000 including slaves.
Sometimes the ship of state has to seek the refuge of an island and we were always following the West though our country was sailing in rough waters," he said.
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When we do all in our power to warn that our ship of state is heading for the rocks we are vilified as mutineers or remoaners, or even traitors to the great cause of cutting ourselves adrift from our most important trading partners.
It is my goal as governor to steady the ship of state and improve the image of Alabama, part of that entails ending unnecessary duplication of services within state agencies, Governor Ivey said.
Returning home, I was struck by how irrational and ugly the debate had become and how Trump clones seem to be sailing our ship of state on to the rocks.
It is just awful to see somebody who deserves considerable credit for keeping the ship of State together embark upon trashing his own reputation.
Senate race back in 2012, in which he ran against me, was one in which I was mainly talking about moving the ship of state forward by sticking with my conservative principles and values," Dewhurst said.
The ship of state is not only rudderless at sea -- it's in danger of being rudderless during the massive storm that is affecting the region.
They recognized that without this foundational HELM to steer the ship of state, it would most certainly founder on the shoals of history.
If only all Englishmen realised that our dear old Ship of State was almost in sight of the harbour and better days when this storm over wages arose.
However, the result of the Scottish referendum has been a sharp wake up call and a ranging shot over the bows of the UK's ship of state.
In-fighting and corruption were alleged in the leaked files from the city state within Italy, which appeared to validate the axiom that the ship of State is the only ship which leaks from the top.