Noah Webster set a good example. When Noah was 43, he started writing the first American dictionary. And did we need it. He did this because Americans in different parts of the country spelled, pronounced and USED words differently. He thought that all Americans should speak the same way.
Americans are aghast when the president says, “It all depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”
And steel yourself for what is coming out of the mouth of the president.
Webster could read words, define words, interpret The US Constitution, and world events. He powerfully proclaimed,
“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive. ”
(Noah Webster, “An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution,” 1787, a pamphlet aimed at swaying Pennsylvania toward ratification, in Paul Ford, ed., Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States, at 56 [New York, 1888])
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