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Re: “Gunning Down the Constitution

Rights are unalienable in that they come from a higher power than Government. Thus there is no right to free health care or a living wage. The Bible says If you don't work, you don't eat. That's what the Bradford Colony in MA decided in 1622 after nearly starving to death trying to be the utopia that their English sponsors suggested. Socialism has never worked satisfactorily.

The Bill of Rights were written together because the concern at the time was the rights of the people were not established in the Constitution. Only that the government had enumerated powers and none other. That wasn't good enough because people were afraid that the governent would steal whatever power they could under the "general welfare" clause. They were right. That's exactly what the government has done for 150 years. As a result, the Bill of rights is not simply 10 random Amendments, they were written together, passed together and adopted together to try and limit the role of the central government. All of the 10, as restrictions on the "General Government" are thus left to the states or the people, along with all other freedoms not defined in the enumerated powers.

As the final Arbiter, the Supreme Court can issue it's opinion, but that does not mean that the Executive Branch must enforce their opinion or that the congress must appropriate funds to carry out their wishes. They are a co-equal branch of government. So who says they are the final arbiter? Well of course, they do! For exaple, if the Congress or the Executive refused to fund or enforce abortion laws, they would be completely moot. The problem since Wilson is that the Court was packed with a point of view that increasingly politicised the court and decisions were handed down that the Congress or the Executive wanted but were unable to pass on their own. This system has been turned on its head.

Posted by bettered on March 5, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Gunning Down the Constitution

Nuts. After reading "gunning down the constitution" I now have to read all your stuff. You are apparently on the right track. In the cited article however, you did miss a salient point. The only place in the Constitution that uses the word "necessary" is in the second amendment. Citizens were expected to keap and bear arms because they were expected to be a part of the legal state militia. When that body was illegally federalized in the early 20th century, we got into this stupid contest about who posesses gun rights. The STATE has the right to defend itself, as it did at Lexington, Concord and Charleston. Of course the only means to do this is the State Militia, which was made up of the county Militia, the city militias and the local militias made up of every able bodied man in each area - and they were REQUIRED to keep and bear arms, much like Switzerland today. These well ordered militiamen were subject to the elected leadership of the local sheriff, who has absolute power within his jurisdiction. How far we have come to "Homeland Security" which was always the job of the Militia.

Ed B
UpCountry SC

Posted by bettered on March 5, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Extremism in the Defense of Liberty

Nuts. After reading "gunning down the constitution" I now have to read all your stuff. You are apparently on the right track. In the cited article however, you did miss a salient point. The only place in the Constitution that uses the word "necessary" is in the second amendment. Citizens were expected to keap and bear arms because they were expected to be a part of the legal state militia. When that body was illegally federalized in the early 20th century, we got into this stupid contest about who posesses gun rights. The STATE has the right to defend itself, as it did at Lexington, Concord and Charleston. Of course the only means to do this is the State Militia, which was made up of the county Militia, the city militias and the local militias made up of every able bodied man in each area - and they were REQUIRED to keep and bear arms, much like Switzerland today. These well ordered militiamen were subject to the elected leadership of the local sheriff, who has absolute power within his jurisdiction. How far we have come to "Homeland Security" which was always the job of the Militia.

Ed B
UpCountry SC

Posted by bettered on March 5, 2010 at 1:16 PM
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