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    . . . the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people."  James Madison

    All the talk of wild accusations of hyperbole notwithstanding, it would not be a stretch to say that the attitudes of the founders toward war and standing armies is being reversed engineered to produce tyranny.  Here is the full Madison quote:

    A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.

    Bonus quotes:

    America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.  ~Abraham Lincoln
    Brute force is not our salvation, especially as directed by State central planning and done with little regard for the innocents...  ~Anthony Gregory

    The Congress exists primarily to ensure the reelection of members of Congress. - Bacevich

    by geomoo on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 10:08:48 AM PST

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