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Federalist No. 26 eLesson

Federalist No. 26 is a defense of the Constitution’s provisions allowing the legislature to raise and fund a standing army in times of peace.  According to Alexander Hamilton, many state constitutions had recognized that confidence to do so, and that power had to be placed somewhere within the federal government.  It would be better to risk the abuse of that confidence than to embarrass the government and endanger the public safety with excessive restrictions on the legislature.  Such restrictions would be far more dangerous because they would prevent the government from being able to efficiently protect the American people from foreign invasion. View this lesson.

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