For They Will Posess The Power

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 pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power.
Noah Webster
An Examination of The Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution

Noah Webster
October 16, 1758 – May 28, 1843

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