Sunday, January 09, 2005

Our Main Defense and Strength

The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

4 Comments:

Blogger Tench Coxe said...

Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American ... the unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Patrick Henry said...

Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? ... If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?

7:16 PM  
Blogger Thomas Jefferson said...

For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security.

7:29 PM  
Blogger James Madison said...

An efficient militia is authorized and contemplated by the Constitution and required by the spirit and safety of free government.

7:49 PM  

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