Noah Webster: Before a standing army can rule… #quote

English: "Noah Webster," painted by ...
English: “Noah Webster,” painted by Samuel Finley Breese Morse, undated, oil on canvas. 84.7 cm x 72.7 cm. Image courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as 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 band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. ~ Noah Webster 1787

Noah Webster (1758-1843) An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787

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