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Not farfetched because the

Not farfetched because the War of 1812 established free trade on the Great Lakes, Mississippi River, Gulf of Mexico, West Indies, Atlantic Ocean, and Mediterranean Sea. That combined with a stable but very small central government that spent only 2% of GDP over the next 100 years lead to the greatest prosperity ever known to man.

Impressment did not end after the War of 1812, it only ended to the US. The British continued the tactic for another 100 years against other weaker colonies and weak states using various pretexts.

As for building up the navy, Madison (and Jefferson before him) feared a military buildup. But they ended up being forced to do so.

Also, building up the navy costs a lot of money, not easy to do for a nation with federal expenditures in 1811 of only 1.23% of GDP.

Thomas Jefferson 1796, 1800, 1804; James Madison 1808, 1812; Ron Paul 1988, 2008, 2012; Rand Paul 2016.