"A people who mean to be free must be prepared to meet danger in person, and not rely upon the fallacious protection of armies."
Edmund Randolph
(1753-1813) Virginia delegate at the US Constitutional Convention, 1787
January 9, 1800, Annals of the Congress of the United States, p297
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Like when the individual won WWII. Laughable.
 -- anonymous     
    Anonymous, it's obvious you are not even trying to get it! How utterly sad.
     -- Mike, Pleasant Hill     
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    Anonymous, it's no wonder you wish to remain anonymous
     -- jim k, austin tx     
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    Anonymous, you are only as strong as your weakest link. Laughable, yet sad.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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    The unwillingness to meet danger in person is part of our problem as a nation. People have come to believe the responsibility for personal security should be delegated to others. On a larger scale, it is easy to send others off to war if you have never worn the uniform. In 1787 each man (and sometimes woman) WAS at the front line. Did you ever hear of the 19th of April 1775?
     -- Michael Murray, NM     
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    Each person meaning to be free must prepare to meet the danger of confronting compelled compliance, government licensing, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity (income, life, property, etc. tax, funny money, etc.), standing armies enforcing tyranny (local policing to federal alphabet soup agencies); and, standing in sovereign inalienable rights. Each person meaning to be free must prepare to meet the danger "of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, except from the laws of nature" and justice ! ! ! (definition of "Liberty" - Bouvier's Law Dictionary)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Roland, Bonner's Ferry      
    @anonymous, you highlight the point that the people who had to submit to Nazi rule were not prepared to meet the danger in person -- the Americans were. In America, the citizen is also the soldier, or at least that was the original concept. But WWII was a long time ago, and now the American people have become used to militarization of local and state police, being disarmed for 'our own protection.' and generally being treated like criminals while mandating that we face real, armed criminals with no means of defense. Those that would disarm the common man wish him to be a permanent ward of the state.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    anonymous, the individual(s) did win WWII (each individual met danger in his/her own personal circumstance). How is that or any personal sacrifice / bravery dury war laughable ? ? ?

    anonymous, how did relying upon the fallacious protection of armies (the local standing army = the local police) fare for the victims of the recent flash mobs in Memphis?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Mary, MI      
     -- Robert Edwards, Somewhere in the USA      
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