“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.”
Noah Webster —Pamphlet, An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, October 10, 1787, in PAUL LEICESTER FORD, ED., PAMPHLETS ON THE CONSITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, PUBLISHED DURING ITS DISCUSSION BY THE PEOPLE, 1787-1788, 60 (1888, repr. 1968)
“Mercenary armies…have at one time or another subverted the liberties of almost all the Countries that they have been raised to defend…”
George Washington—WRITINGS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON 388 (Fitzpatrick ed., 1931)
“Arms in the hands of citizens [may] be used in at individual discretion…in private self-defense.”
John Adams—A DEFENCE OF THE CONSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 475 (1787-88).
“To disarm the people [is] the best and most efficient way to enslave them…”
George Mason—ELLIOTT, ED. 5 THE DEBATES IN THE SEVERAL STATE CONVENTIONS 380 (1836, repr. 1941)
Why, it’s almost like these guys didn’t believe that government had their best interests at heart. Afterall, the government only spends money it doesn’t have because it cares about us…so much so that it doesn’t care how much debt is wracked up for our children and grandchildren to eventually pay. And it’s perfectly ok for it to be engaged in all manner of giveaways and performing all manner of functions never reserved or assigned to it, because if bubblewrapping your life and then taking away the consequences for bad choices, and then the ability to actually make any choices of consequence is wrong, they don’t wanna be right.
And they don’t want you to be, either…