George Mason

A Quote by George Mason on military and people

I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. . . . To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.

George Mason

Source: 1788, During Virginia’s ratification convention for the U.S. Constitution

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A Quote by George Mason on america, day, future, military, parliament, people, and resolution

When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually. . . . I ask, who are the militia? They consist of now of the whole people, except a few public officers. But I cannot say who will be the militia of the future day. If that paper on the table gets no alteration, the militia of the future day may not consist of all classes, high and low, and rich and poor. . . .

George Mason

Source: 1788, During Virginia’s ratification convention for the U.S. Constitution

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