The sole importance of the crossing of the Berezina lies in the fact that it plainly and indubitably proved the fallacy of all the plans for cutting off the enemy’s retreat and the soundness of the only possible line of action—the one Kutuzov and the general mass of the army demanded—namely, simply to follow the enemy up.
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The entire argument is built on a fallacy.
It’s a fallacy of composition to believe that because each member of Congress tends a parcel of the nation, the whole Congress tends the whole nation.