Notable Quote – George Washington

by Skip

A reminder of what our First President thought of the Second Amendment:

George Wasthington Second Amendment

(H/T: 1776 Patriots USA)

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  • Radical Moderate

    Blasphemy!
    Hate speech!
    Heretic!
    Washington was a White Supremacist, how dare you post his words!
    History is racist!
    You’re guilty of hate speech for posting Washington’s words!
    Penitencia!
    Penitencia!

    • granitegrok

      Repent?

      Not bloody likely….

      Molon Labe

  • Nick Martin

    Hey Skip, this might somehow relate to that “post-truth era” you referenced in another post. You see, there’s no record that George Washington ever said these words. In fact, it’s quite funny that you chose to use an image circling the part that’s completely fabricated. The very first part of the quote is accurate, taken from Washington’s first address to Congress: “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined.” But then it goes off the rails. The rest of the ACTUAL quote goes like this:

    “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.”

    Now you could certainly read into that quote to understand that he’s advocating not just for an armed and disciplined people, but that they be sufficiently supplied (‘promote such manufactories,’ and ‘particularly military, supplies’). But why twist his words?

  • Nick Martin

    Hmm, strange. My comment keeps getting deleted. I’ll try again. …

    Hey Skip, this might somehow relate to that “post-truth era” you referenced in another post. You see, there’s no record that George Washington ever said these words. In fact, it’s quite funny that you chose to use an image circling the part that’s completely fabricated. The very first part of the quote is accurate, taken from Washington’s first address to Congress: “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined.” But then it goes off the rails. The rest of the ACTUAL quote goes like this:

    “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.”

    Now you could certainly read into that quote to understand that he’s advocating not just for an armed and disciplined people, but that they be sufficiently supplied (‘promote such manufactories,’ and ‘particularly military, supplies’). But why twist his words? It’s also worth noting Washington’s intent here. The actual quote says nothing about the people using arms to protect themselves from their own government — only that people have access to essential military supplies in an era with no standing army. If we really want to follow Washington’s example, shouldn’t we also disband the US military? The notion that any group of citizens could protect against the tyranny of a government supported by the US military is quite laughable — even if you had a tank in your backyard.

    • granitegrok

      Not by us!

      • Nick Martin

        No, it seems Disqus marks long, thoughtful comments as spam. I apologize for the accusatory tone.

        • granitegrok

          No problem – you’re good

    • allen

      “The notion that any group of citizens could protect against the tyranny
      of a government supported by the US military is quite laughable — even
      if you had a tank in your backyard.”

      this question has been asked in the past, and answered.

      http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com/2008/07/vanderboegh-handgun-against-army-ten.html

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