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From the Connecticut Courant (Hartford) - January 7, 1788

Written by an unknown author, writing as 'the Republican."
January 7, 1788

In countries under arbitrary government, the people oppressed and dispirited neither posses arms nor know how to use them. Tyrants never feel secure until they disarm the people. They can rely on nothing but standing armies of mercenary troops for the support of their power. But the people of this country have arms in their hands; they are not destitute of military knowledge; every citizen is required by law to be a soldier; we are marshaled into companies, regiments, and brigades for the defence of our country. This is a circumstance which increases the power and consequence of the people; and enables them to defend their rights and privileges against every invader.