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Original Intent- Proper Perspective

Anti-gun fanatic, Piers Morgan, made the bold claim it was FACT… that the Second Amendment was written with only “muskets in mind, not high-powered handguns and assault rifles…”    He was simply echoing  long held beliefs of the American Left- that following the logic of Original Intent(as Conservatives do)  the Second Amendment is incompatible with modern weaponry and gun rights.  The Framers would never have supported “assault rifles” as a form of personal defense.

Original assault rifle circa 1791

Original assault rifle circa 1791

Original Intent has nothing to do with this juvenile line of reasoning…  Muskets, particularly with rifled barrels were cutting edge technology in the late 18th century.  The Second Amendment wasn’t written as a regressive ideal- they weren’t advocating the protection of swords, slingshots, or clubs.  Rifled muskets were the “assault weapons” of their day.  The Framers didn’t specify the firearm, knowing that technological advancement was inevitable.  The bearing of arms must be construed as to the weapons presently available.  Implying that the Framers would only consider one type of weapon, knowing it would be antiquated to future generations,  is an insult to the men who gave us the Bill of Rights.

Fires one shot at a time

Fires one shot at a time

Automatic weapons have been outlawed in this country since 1934the eyebrows  of educated Americans should be raised as pundits blather about “automatic weapons” being bought, sold, and used in these mass shootings.

 

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Weekly History News Roundup

Slavery reparations issue refuses to fade awayConyers’ recent troubles should put an end to discussion

 

Trump’s bizarre call for a military parade… there have only been a handful in US history.

 

DNA shows darker skin in early Britons… tests indicate Cheddar Man to be different from previous theories

 

Charlottesville struggles to cover Lee&Jackson monumentsactivists are removing the shrouds each week

 

Congress votes to remove Jefferson’s name from Gateway to Westbill sent to Trump would rename the park “Gateway Arch National Park”

 

Shrouding our History

 

 

 

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Never Negotiate

The United States was barely a nation in 1785… but we were already feeling the pinch of international commerce.  America’s commercial fleet was under attack in the Mediterranean by the Islamic Barbary states of North Africa.  Between 1650-18oo near 2 million European and American sailors were sold into slavery by Muslims.

Negotiate from strength

Negotiate from strength

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were part of our first… diplomatic delegation   in London in 1785.  They were instructed to seek out Tripoli’s ambassador, Abdra-Rahman, and seek a maritime agreement.  The ambassador shocked the Americans with his exorbitant demands for ransom and tribute- even a fee for his personal attention. Jefferson protested the piracy by stating the facts: The US had no quarrel with the Muslim world, we had never been Crusaders, we took no part in the Spanish conquests of Muslim lands- what right did Tripoli have to exact such a toll?

War on Terror, phase 1

War on Terror, phase 1

The response must have struck every reasoned bone… in Jefferson’s body- Abdra-Rahman claimed that the Koran gave Tripoli permission;  The US and Europeans were infidels, and therefore subject to war and slavery by the Holy Ottoman Empire.  Monarchy and theocracy combined to create terror and wickedness.  Jefferson immediately responded to the US Congress that no such payment should be made to such an objectionable form of tyranny and banditry.  He advised that a naval squadron  be outfitted and sent to the Mediterranean to enforce our commercial rights.

Never negotiate with terrorists

Never negotiate with terrorists

John Adams was appalled by the Barbary terror… but felt the bribe was worth paying to maintain peace.  This policy carried over to the new Federal government and the Washington administration.  The negotiations would take place yearly, the tribute increased, yet the results were a travesty.  Jefferson predicted that negotiations and payment would only embolden the terrorists and prompt more and bolder transgressions.  When elected President in 1800, Jefferson made pacifying the Barbary states his #1 foreign policy initiative.

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Surpassing the Father

99 men signed the Declaration of Independence and Constitution… a group we consider the Founders.  Plenty has been written about what set this generation apart- today, it seems most writers attempt to separate them for alleged transgressions.  Today we accuse them of being greedy aristocrats determined to maintain their vast fortunes-  we forget what actually made the Founders different.  Of the 99 signers- only eight had fathers who attended college…

The Enlightenment in America

The Enlightenment in America

By all accounts, Peter Jefferson was a significant…  part of early Virginia society.  A wealthy planter, surveyor, and political leader- he had married into the powerful Randolph family.  Jefferson was part of the vanguard of planters pushing into western Virginia.  He was a self-made man whose hard work and ambition propelled him into the upper crust of Virginia society.  But, he did not read Latin, he couldn’t play the violin, he wasn’t fluent in all the Romance languages, and he never questioned the religious or slave owning hierarchies in Virginia.    The generation his son excelled in was very different- Thomas Jefferson was exceptional- yet, somehow, we have come to forget it today.**

 

**Gordon Wood explains this quite well in “Revolutionary Characters”

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State of the Spectacle

The State of the Union address is a constitutional requirement… Article 1; Section 3- He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient…

The speech varies from executive monotony to… rousing patriotic oratory.  Lincoln declared the Civil War had to be won to preserve the “last, best hope of earth”  and Franklin Roosevelt reminded the free world of its “Four Freedoms.” 

We cannot escape history…

Today, the speech is more spectacle than requisite… the purpose is more political than constitutional.  Bill Clinton is the modern record holder, averaging over 1 hour and 14 minutes per speech.  All but one of Barack Obama’s have been over an hour.  (Washington’s first message is acknowledged as the shortest, just over 1,000 words.)  Thomas Jefferson had all eight  of his hand delivered to Congress; Woodrow Wilson was the next President to address Congress.  The last President not to give a speech was Jimmy Carter in January of 1981.

No dozing allowed….somebody wake up Biden !

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Corrupting the Process

Trump continues to vow an overhaul of America’s libel lawsin an obvious effort to silence those who disagree with him.  His distrust of the current standards indicate a deeply flawed understanding of true free speech.  Combine this with his disdain for a free press, and dangers not seen since the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 begin to emerge.

I can’t define sedition, but I know it when I hear it…

Jefferson warned his people of these dangers…  “that if the acts before specified should stand, these conclusions would flow from them; that the general government may place any act they think proper on the list of crimes and punish it themselves whether enumerated or not enumerated by the constitution as cognizable by them: that they may transfer its cognizance to the President, or any other person, who may himself be the accuser, counsel, judge and jury, whose suspicions may be the evidence, his order the sentence, his officer the executioner, and his breast the sole record of the transaction…”

Trump and his corrupt administration would determine what speech is libelous… Truth would become subjective rhetoric rather than objective fact.  Discourse would be stifled and the country force fed Trump’s propaganda.

Jefferson wanted more for his people and expected more of his government…. “…and will furnish new calumnies against republican government, and new pretexts for those who wish it to be believed that man cannot be governed but by a rod of iron: that it would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights: that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism”

To stop destroying our liberty

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Weekly History News Roundup

Motion filed to remove Robert E. Lee statue from US CapitolVirginia lawmaker argues against Lee’s place in state history

 

Obama’s Presidential Library to be entirely digital… no paper documents will be housed, even his birth certificates

 

LBJ’s Texas sanctuary is for sale… Ranch is being sold for $2.8 million

 

Nixon’s one liner helped SNL’s parody become reality“Sock it to me” still resonates today

 

American Indian history key to North Dakota’s economy… Mandan and Hidatsa people integral to regional history

 

Cultures collide- and it’s cold!

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