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First Principles: I Ask, Sir, What Is the Militia? It Is the Whole People. To Disarm the People Is the Best and Most Effectual Way To Enslave Them.

“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” – George Mason, Speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

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First Principles: Nothing So Strongly Impels A Man To Regard the Interest of His Constituents, As the Certainty of Returning To the General Mass of the People, From When He Was Taken, Where He Must Participate In Their Burdens

“Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens.” – George Mason … Continue reading

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First Principles: Those…Who Will Be Elected Senators, Will Fix Themselves In the Federal Town, and Become Citizens of That Town More Than of Your State

“Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state.” – George Mason (1788)

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First Principles: All Power Is Vested In and…Derived From the People

“That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people; that magistrates are their trustees and servants, and at all times amendable to them.” – George Mason, in the Virigina Bill of Rights      

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First Principles: Disarming the People Is the Most Effectual Way of Enslaving the People

“To disarm the people… was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” – George Mason    

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First Principles: Nothing Impels Regard of Constituents As the Certainty of Participating In Their Burdens

“Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interests of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens.” – George Mason … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Militia Consists of the Whole People

“I ask you sir, who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people.” – George Mason    

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First Principles: Disarming the People Is the Most Effective Means of Enslaving Them

“Forty years ago, when the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual … Continue reading

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First Principles: Every Master of Slaves Is A Petty Tyrant Bringing Judgment of Heaven On Their Nations

“Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgement of heaven upon a country. As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes … Continue reading

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First Principles: We Must Be Cautious Least Senators Become Citizens of the Capital and Not Their States

“Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state.” — George Mason (1788)      

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