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A free people ought not only to be armed...

  • September 29, 2011 9:45 AM EDT

    "A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent on others for essential, particularly for military, supplies." – George Washington, speech in the United States Congress, January 8, 1790; “George Washington: A Collection," compiled and edited by W.B. Allen (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1988), Chapter 11