Monthly Archives: December 2012

Our Nation is Poised for Greatness

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

“My fellow citizens, our nation is poised for greatness. We must do what we know is right, and do it with all our might. Let history say of us: “These were golden years – when the American Revolution was reborn, when freedom gained new life, and America reached for her best.” — Ronald Reagan, 2nd Inagural Address, January 21, 1985

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Who Are the Militia? Are They Not Ourselves?

Tench Coxe

Tench Coxe

“Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? It is feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American . . . . [T]he 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.” — Tench Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, February 20, 1788

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Before a Standing Army Can Rule the People Must Be Disarmed

Noah Webster

Noah Webster

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of 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 band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.” — Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, October 10, 1787

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To Disarm the People is the Best and Most Effectual Way to Enslave Them

George Mason

George Mason

“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” — George Mason, Speech During Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

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“A Militia When Properly Formed are in Fact the People Themselves…”

Richard Henry Lee

Richard Henry Lee

“A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves . . . and include . . . all men capable of bearing arms . . . The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle.” — Richard Henry Lee, Federal Farmer LIII

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“It Is Essential that the Whole Body of the People Always Possess Arms…”

Richard Henry Lee

Richard Henry Lee

“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” — Richard Henry Lee, Federal Farmer XVIII, January 25, 1788

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The Bible is the Best of All Books…

John Jay

John Jay

“The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.” — John Jay, letter to Peter Augustus Jay, 1784

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