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FYI - although you can find

FYI - although you can find this elsewhere online, I like this site:

A standing army is an active army. It has standing orders. It does something.

A navy with ships, even in times of peace, is still not an active navy - it isn't doing anything, it has no orders. It may exist, but it isn't invading people's boats, or searching cargo - because it has no orders.

Key difference between "army" and a "standing" army. A standing army is active. It has standing orders. The orders come from on high, not the citizens. It's the definition of a police state - same thing that happened to the founders, because the British was using the army to invade people's homes, etc.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.