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Why The Founders Opposed Militarized Police

Just how opposed were the Founding Fathers to a pervasive militarized police force?  Their revolutionary experience forged a deep mistrust of standing armies.  They were viewed as a pernicious threat to liberty. Here are just a few quotes that explain how and why the idea (what we would call a police state today) was anathema to the first Americans.During the Virginia ratifying convention, James Madison described a standing army as the “greatest mischief that can happen.”Fellow delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, George Mason put a finer point on it: No man has a greater regard for the military gentlemen...

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