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2 years ago on The Founders and the 2nd Amendment
@Kenneth L James
What is the date's significance? Just curious.
The Founders discussed this issue, that States could someday infringe on our Natural rights even if the Federal government didn't. They believed it was then up to those that created the States (i.e. the People) to stop them, and that this would only happen if they stayed well-educated and moral...we see today they were right.
"THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution"
Funny. I can't imagine why this Preamble isn't taught anymore...
2 years ago on Checkmate on your “Military Type” Firearms Ban
@phreedomphan Phreedomphan: I agree that your examples are an absurdity, however it was well understood that our rights come from our Creator and our humanity, not government. Even if a State technically has no restriction under the Constitution to infringe on these rights, an educated and virtuous People would never let it stand, be it by vote or by rebellion. The problem is we have few voters that have those qualities, so our rights are infringed upon illegally by all levels of government. Ironically, this is especially true at the Federal level, the very thing the Bill of Rights is supposed to expressly prevent. That said, I'd like the author to comment on what restrictions the states are under as a condition of joining the union, other than Article IV, Section 4 (they must have a Republican form of government.). According to his latest post, as I had suspected, there were none until the 14th Amendment placed us on that lovely road of good intentions...and we all know where that leads.
3 years, 4 months ago on Happy Bill of Restraints Day!