James Madison on a standing army

In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.The means of defence agst. foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.

There is a charming child’s biography of Madison’s wife listed here:

See also:

State of the Union Address by James Madison (not active for Kindle, but free)

Free: The Federalist Papers

America: The Critical Period (America, Great Crises In Our History Told by its Makers)

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