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[–] Zenhael 2 points -1 points (+1|-2) ago 

While I agree entirely with the sentiment, I'm about 95% certain that this quote has been debunked as false.

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[–] Broc_Lia 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Well, in fairness, you can't prove a negative. Anyhow, here's the best I could find. Most sites were just saying "it's fake," which doesn't prove much.

And yet another bogus Washington quote:

A free people ought not only to 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

The actual quote:

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 on others, for essential, particularly for military supplies.

---George Washington's First Annual Message to Congress (January 8, 1790)


It seems to be more mercantilist than anti-government. Assuming that's the actual origin and he didn't say the original somewhere.


[–] Zenhael 4 points -3 points (+1|-4) ago 

Cool sarcasm bro. /s