“Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.” – Stephen Decatur

This sounds like rabid jingoism, but there’s an essential truth for married life in Commodore Decatur’s words.

I will publicly support my spouse, whether she’s right or wrong, because it’s my duty to support her.

Disagreements can be aired in private, but please, God, never let me undercut my wife in public.

Let her be able to depend on my support in all things, and never feel the need to beware the stiletto in the back.

Let me be my wife’s greatest champion. Right or wrong.

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