Mandeville, LA – The latest in our Project ’76 collection is the must listen to, 2nd Amendment hit of the millennia. Writer/Director/Narrator Mike Church takes you on an exciting, audio journey back to 1788 to hear the great Patrick Henry launch his opposition to ratifying the U.S. Constitution and his primary concern for doing so was… he feared the new government would abolish the militia and then the right to bear arms outside of a standing army.
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Patrick Henry “My great objection to this government is, that it does not leave us the means of defending our rights, or of waging war against tyrants. It is urged by some gentlemen, that this new plan will bring us an acquisition of strength — an army, and the militia of the states.” Henry continued “This is an idea extremely ridiculous: gentlemen cannot possibly be serious!
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This acquisition will trample on our fallen liberty. Let my beloved Americans guard against that fatal lethargy that has pervaded the universe. Have we the means of resisting disciplined armies, when our only defence, the militia, is put into the hands of Congress?”
Note that Henry viewed the existence of a State’s militia and the danger of a standing army as the MOST dangerous threats to the public safety and liberty.
“Is there a disposition in the people of this country to revolt against the dominion of laws? Has there been a single tumult in Virginia? Have not the people of Virginia, when laboring under the severest pressure of accumulated distresses, exhibited(III)the most cordial acquiescence in the execution of the laws? What could be more awful than their unanimous acquiescence under general distresses? Is there any revolution in Virginia?”
And under what conditions and for what purpose Henry asks, would this new government, Congress as we know it now, USE the power of calling an army out and sic’cing them on The People? Why, to collect taxes of course.
Patrick Henry: “In what situation are we to be? The clause before you gives a power of direct taxation, unbounded and unlimited, exclusive power of legislation, in all cases whatsoever, for ten miles square, and over all places purchased for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards et cetera. What resistance could be made? The attempt would be madness. You will find all the strength of this country in the hands of your enemies: the new Federal Government…”
Henry is joined in this Webisode by James Madison and the great George Mason. Madison insists that Henry’s claim of the militia being annihilated is ridiculous.
James Madison “Congress ought to have the power to establish a uniform discipline throughout the states, and to provide for the execution of the laws, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions: these are the only cases wherein they can interfere with the militia; and the obvious necessity of their having power over them in these cases must convince any reflecting mind. Without uniformity of discipline, military bodies would be incapable of action: without a general controlling power to call forth the strength of the Union to repel invasions, the country might be overrun and conquered by foreign enemies: without such a power to suppress insurrections, our liberties might be destroyed by domestic faction, and domestic tyranny be established.”
Part I of “Militias Are Good & They’re Good For You Too” is a historical cliffhanger that will leave you hanging and anxiously awaiting the next Webisode: “Militias Are Good & They’re Good For You Too Pt II.”
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