Obama announced in 2008 that he plans to make a domestic army as powerful as the US military.
This plan appears to be well underway. Obama says that he has defeated Al Qaeda, so what could be the motivation for this?
standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided, as dangerous to liberty
– Virginia Bill Of Rights
“Whereas civil-rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as military forces, which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”
– Tench Coxe, in Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution
” … to disarm the people – that was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.“
– George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 380
“[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
–James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 46