The Founders’ Second Amendment

Posted October 14, 2008 by Matt Shannon
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Visit the Independent Institute’s site to read more on this compelling and comprehensive book detailing  The Founders’ Second Amendment

Highlights of the book:

  • Today, the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is hotly debated. Opponents of gun laws point to the mandate that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Focusing on its Militia Clause, proponents claim that the Amendment protects only State militia powers. The Founders’ Second Amendment provides a comprehensive historical look at what America’s founders thought and wrote about the issue.
  • With Redcoats sailing to occupy Boston in 1768, a pundit spread the alarm that “the Inhabitants of this Province are to be disarmed,” they would be “governed by Martial Law,” and patriots “are to be seized and sent to Great-Britain.” is set the tone for a series of ever-escalating conflicts over the next seven years that would explode when General Thomas Gage sent British troops to seize the colonists’ arms at Lexington and Concord. Defeated there, Gage then confiscated the firearms of the people of Boston, a grievance highlighted by the Continental Congress in justifying what became the Revolutionary War.
  • Independence being declared in 1776, the states began adopting bills of rights, several of which recognized “the right of the people” to have arms for various purposes, such as self defense and the common defense. While some states saw no need for declarations of rights, the liberty of bearing arms was universally recognized. At the same time, militias composed of all male citizens were seen as necessary counter-weights to the threat of a standing army.
  • A firestorm was sparked when the Constitution was proposed in 1787 without a bill of rights. Federalists and Antifederalists fiercely battled over the issue as the States began ratifying the Constitution. In the first conventions, the Federalists defeated demands for recognition of the rights to free speech, assembly, and bearing arms. But the tide turned in Virginia, where Patrick Henry and George Mason prevailed in persuading the convention to demand a bill of rights.
  • A great compromise was reached when the Federalists and Antifederalists concurred that the Constitution would be ratified subject to the agreement that the first Congress would consider amendments. James Madison did just that by proposing what became the Bill of Rights in 1787. Federalists explained that what became the Second Amendment would protect the right of the people to keep and bear their private arms, which would guard against tyranny and the evils of a standing army. However, proposals to increase state militia powers were rejected.
  • Thomas Jefferson, a life-long hunter and gun collector, wrote just before his death in 1824 that “all power is inherent in the people; . . . it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.” The understanding by his generation of the Second Amendment was clear and unmistakable—as its text states, it recognizes “the right of the people” to possess and carry arms. The Constitution defines the respective powers of the federal and State governments, but the Bill of Rights speaks largely of individual rights. If the Second Amendment is no exception, what it protects—and what restrictions government may impose—will continue to be hotly debated.

Today’s reading list

Posted October 14, 2008 by Matt Shannon
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If you make peaceful change impossible… you make violent revolution inevitable. – John F. Kennedy

The Evil of Bailout by Ron Paul

Ten Things the ‘Straight Talker’ Can’t Tell You by Chris Manion

Chalmers Johnson on the CIA and a blowback world

Krugman In Wonderland by Bill Anderson

War in Afghanistan ‘cannot be won’, British commander warnsby Caroline Gammell

Afghanistan: The Surge That Failed

Can Afghanistan Be Won?

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

Education for Liberty

Posted October 14, 2008 by Matt Shannon
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An educated public is an essential ingredient of a free society. Ambitious governments would have far greater difficulty implementing schemes that undermine liberty and prosperity were they faced with an informed and vigilant population.

Dr. Paul’s Campaign for Liberty is an invaluable resource. Get your minds right and head on over to start educating yourself today. Don’t just be another sheep for McCain of Obombya.

Bush and McCain Economics = Socialism

Posted October 14, 2008 by Matt Shannon
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Bush: bank buyout needed to preserve fairness in the market

U.S. takes equity stake in banks

Can anyone explain how government intervention in the economy is anything but socialism…no matter whether it’s propsed by a Republican or Democrat.

To become well educated on all matters of econmics:

Escape from the Depreciating Dollar

The Bailout, Libertarian Principles and Solutions

Economic and Climate Models

The Bailout Reader

Inside Iran’s Fury

Posted October 14, 2008 by Matt Shannon
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No American who was alive and alert in the early 1980s will ever forget the Iran hostage crisis. Militants stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran, captured American diplomats and staff and held 52 of them captive for 444 days. In the United States, the television news program “Nightline” emerged to give nightly updates on the crisis, with anchorman Ted Koppel beginning each report by announcing that it was now “Day 53” or “Day 318” of the crisis. For Americans, still recovering from defeat in Vietnam, the hostage crisis was a searing ordeal. It stunned the nation and undermined Jimmy Carter’s presidency. Many Americans see it as the pivotal episode in the history of U.S.-Iranian relations.

Iranians, however, have a very different view.

Read the rest from the Smithsonian here

Dr. Paul Talks socialism

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Representative Ron Paul discusses how you cannot save free markets with socialism.

LiberTea is brewing~!

Posted November 16, 2007 by Matt Shannon
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Here is a “…Snazzy Bill Dumas version of the Philadelphia Rally” thank Tex.

Be sure to tell your family and other friends of LiberTea that the strength of our revolution is growing.

Do your part and give $5, $10, $1,000 or anywhere in between on December 16th 2007.

To find out more go here.

Help legalize the Constitution and help “undestroy America!”