2.) James Madison
By John Vanderlyn (1775–1852) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
"Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of." - James Madison
James Madison was one of the most vocal supporters of the Constitution at a time when America was divided and weakened following its successful revolution. Madison wrote the above quote in The Federalist Papers while arguing for the ratification of the Constitution.
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