"The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. No one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies."
Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
(6 May 1758 - 28 July 1794) French lawyer, statesman, one of the most influential figures of the French Revolution, member of the Constituent Assembly, Jacobin Club
Opposing proposals to spread the French revolution by war, in Sur la guerre (1ère intervention), a speech to the Jacobin Club (2 January 1792)
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Depending the circumstances  probably  way more often than not. A good example in favor of the quote is; the local standing armies (policing agencies) enforcing the occupying statist theocracy now infesting this land. Said foreign to We The People's constitution (born from "the law of nature and of nature's God" (Declaration of Independence)), is armed missionaries enforcing tyrannical canons while quelling the individual sovereign's inalienable rights and liberty through canons of compelled compliance, victimless crimes, government licensing, larceny with impunity (2nd plank of the communist manifesto, Social Security, police state confiscations, non-recognition of perfected allodium / absolute ownership vs. mere title, etc.), etc. The subject matter's "armed missionaries" were rejected up to a decade or two before the War between the States. Thereafter, willing helots, serfs and slaves, at heart and mind, reject(ed) the here stated; "first lesson of nature and prudence  NOT  repulsing despots as enemies.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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