It is not sufficient to feign mere imaginary dangers; there must be a dreadful reality. The great question between us is: Does that reality exist?
These dangers are partially attributed to bad laws, execrated by the community at large. It is said the people wish to change the government. I should be happy to meet them on that ground.
Should the people wish to change it, we should be innocent of the dangers. It is a fact that the people do not wish to change their government.”
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– Patrick Henry, Anti-Federalist No. 4, “Foreign Wars, Civil Wars, and Indian Wars—Three Bugbears,” speech at Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 9, 1788; Elliot 3:151
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