Note / 2015.08.19: Over time I have received any number of comments about the need to be suspect of government, etc. While that may be true, and while the bogus quote attributed to George Washington supports the ‘never trust government’ mindset: the bogus quote in the meme is not what George Washington said.
This quote implies that A) Washington was talking about individuals being armed, and B) that they were to be wary of their own government.
Washington did not make the above bogus quote.
Supposedly Washington gave this bogus quote in his first address to Congress — Washington’s speech is readily available for reading. No such quote or similar quote exists. However, in addressing Congress, Washington asked for the native manufacturing of arms and relevant materials (“manufactories”). See his full quote below.
What Washington really said:
“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”
— First Annual Address, to both House of Congress, January 8th, 1790.
Kudos to my FB friend Bob Morehead for catching the misquote and doing the factcheck.