The Militia Of The United States Of America and The Enemy Within
“The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the high powers delegated directly to the citizen, and is excepted out of the general powers of government. A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power.” ~Cockrum v. State
“The right is general. It may be supposed from the phraseology of this provision that the right to keep and bear arms was only guaranteed to the militia; but this would be an interpretation not warranted by the intent. The militia, as has been explained elsewhere, consists of those persons who, under the law, are liable to the performance of military duty, and are officered and enrolled for service when called upon. . . . [I]f the right were limited to those enrolled, the purpose of the guarantee might be defeated altogether by the action or the neglect to act of the government it was meant to hold in check. The meaning of the provision undoubtedly is, that the people, from whom the militia must be taken, shall have the right to keep and bear arms, and they need no permission or regulation of law for that purpose.” ~Thomas Cooley
“Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American … the unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” ~Tench Coxe
“It is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.” ~Justice Robert H. Jackson
“It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freeman of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.” ~James Madison
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Part One: Time enough for love
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” —Patrick Henry, Speech in the Virginia Convention, June 5, 1788
We the People, by and large, have given up that force, abdicating it through ignorance, laziness and apathy. And that includes most members of that citizen militia the Founders deemed “necessary to the security of a free State.”
Henry’s contemporary, and in many ways, ideological opposite, would not have been surprised.
“The project of disciplining all the militia of the United States is as futile as it would be injurious,” Alexander Hamilton warned in Federalist 29.
“A tolerable expertness in military movements is a business that requires time and practice… to acquire the degree of perfection which would entitle them to the character of a well-regulated militia, would be a real grievance to the people,” he observed. “Little more can reasonably be aimed at, with respect to the people at large than to have them properly armed and equipped.”