George Washington on Maintaining Independence

George Washington Quote on Arms

“A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them which would include their own government.”

-George Washington

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In the spirit of our Forefathers, wishing all

a very Happy Independence Day!

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The quote for this meme is partially taken from Washington’s First Annual Message to Congress on the State of the Union.  Here is the actual text from that particular speech:

“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”

http://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/

Amendment II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

https://congressionalconstitutioncaucus-garrett.house.gov/resources/us-constitution

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