inspiration from today's address by MG X, The Adjutant General

Do not forget that the United States became united, in a fundamental way, through force of arms.  The force was publicly demonstrated, but the arms were mostly private property.

The United States' union was later given structure and form, indeed purpose, through argument in philosophies that were informed by bitter European experience. 

Takeaways:  establish and defend a free space by force of arms, then govern it with logical application of fact. 

In that order.