A government without the power of defense! It is a solecism.
James Wilson Quotes
This system will not hurry us into war; it is calculated to guard against it. It will not be in the power of a single man, or a single body of men, to involve us in such distress; for the important power of declaring war is vested in the legislature at large.
If I am asked… how do you know that you ought to do that, of which your conscience enjoins the performance? I can only say that such is my duty. Here investigation must stop; reasoning can go no farther.