President Theodore Roosevelt, The Roosevelt Corollary (1904) - by
The excerpt below is from the Roosevelt Corollary, a speech delivered to Congress in 1904.
. . . It is not true that the United States feels any land hunger or entertains any projects as regards the other nations of the Western Hemisphere save such as are for their welfare. All that this country desires is to see the neighboring countries stable, orderly, and prosperous. Any country whose people conduct themselves well can count upon our hearty friendship. If a nation shows that is knows how to act with reasonable efficiency and decency in social and political matters, if it keeps order and pays its obligations, it need fear no interference from the United States.
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Decency : behavior that conforms to accepted standards of morality or respectability
Orderly : neatly and methodically arranged
Interference : the action of interfering or the process of being interfered with
Efficiency : the state or quality of being efficient
Welfare : the health, happiness, and fortunes of a person or group
Obligation : an act or course of action to which a person is morally or legally bound; a duty or commitment
Prosperous : successful in material terms; flourishing financially
Reasonable : (of a person) having sound judgment; fair and sensible
Hearty : (of a person or their behavior) loudly vigorous and cheerful