"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." ~~Thomas Jefferson

"Who will protect us from those who protect us?"

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. ~ Thomas Jefferson

"None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free." ~~Goethe

12 October 2013

The Power of the Sword...

The power of the sword, say the minority..., is in the hands of Congress. My friends and countrymen, it is not so, for The powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every terrible implement of the soldier are the birthright of Americans. The 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 always remain, in the hands of the people. 

~~~Tenche Cox
       The Pennsylvania Gazette
       Feb. 20, 1788.



PioneerPreppy said...

Excellent quote.

Blue said...

I like it, too...

skybill said...

Hi Blue,
"Roger that!!" And it looks like we are headed for a reconing.

Old Bob said...

I'm almost 70, and my wrist is weak, but my trigger finger isn't.

Blue said...

Good work! The trigger finger is an important digit. :)