Samuel Huntington on Fisher Ames 1795 speech to Congress:
A monarchy or despotism, Ames suggested, is like a full-rigged sailing ship. It moves swiftly and efficiently. It is beautiful to behold. It responds sharply to the helm. But in troubled waters, when it strikes a rock, its shell is pierced, and it quickly sinks to the bottom. A republic, however, is like a raft: slow, ungainly, impossible to steer, no place from which to control events, and yet endurable and safe. It will not sink, but one’s feet are always wet.
Sorry I’m late. HT: Richard Betts’ chapter in American Civil-Military Relations, pg. 40-41