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Monday December 22nd 2014

James Madison: On Preventing and Repelling Danger

American Founder, 4th U.S. President, James Madison

Liberty Letters, James Madison

Notwithstanding the security for future repose which the United States ought to find in their love of peace and their constant respect for the rights of other nations, the character of the times particularly inculcates the lesson that, whether to prevent or repel danger, we ought not to be unprepared for it. This consideration will sufficiently recommend to Congress a liberal provision for the immediate extension and gradual completion of the works of defense, both fixed and floating, on our maritime frontier, and an adequate provision for guarding our inland frontier against dangers to which certain portions of it may continue to be exposed.


Source: James Madison, State of the Union Address, 5 December 1815.


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