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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Present Favorable Prospects Of Our Public Affairs

The very first SOTU:

Among the many interesting objects which will engage your attention that of providing for the common defense will merit particular regard. To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

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.

The proper establishment of the troops which may be deemed indispensable will be entitled to mature consideration. In the arrangements which may be made respecting it it will be of importance to conciliate the comfortable support of the officers and soldiers with a due regard to economy.

Apparently, Washington invited Daniel Shays to be in the gallery...

ntodd

February 12, 2013 in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink

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