James Madison: "The highest number to which a standing army can be carried in any country does NOT EXCEED one hundredth part of the souls, or one twenty-fifth (1/25th) part of the number able to bear arms. This PORTION would not yield, in the United States, an army of more than twenty-five or thirty thousand men.
To "these" would be "OPPOSED" (APP: indicating that the "militia" is to be a "OPPOSING force" to the standing army as well as that of foreign enemies)
a MILITIA amounting to near half a million "CITIZENS" with arms in their HANDS, "officered by men chosen from "AMONG THEMSELVES", (NOT by government or the standing army - a solid restriction to the true definition of the term "MILITIA") fighting for "their" (the citizen / militia's) common liberties and united and conducted by government"S" (local) possessing their (the citizen / militia's) affections and confidence. It may well be doubted whether a militia thus circumstanced could ever be conquered by such a "proportion" of regular troops (i.e. standing army). Besides the advantage of being armed, it forms a barrier against the "enterprises of ambition", more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.
The governments of Europe are afraid to trust the people with arms. If they did, the people would surely shake off the yoke of tyranny, as America did. Let us not insult the free and gallant citizens of America with the suspicion that they would be less able to defend the rights of which they would be in actual possession than the debased subjects of arbitrary power would be to rescue theirs from the hands of their oppressors."...
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RichardTaylorAPP - Chair - American Patriot Party.CC
John Locke #201, 202, 212 to 232; Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions 1798; Virginia Ratifying Convention 6-16-1788; Rights of the Colonists 1772.
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