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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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Motive and Intent

Jefferson wrote to friend and newly-elected President James Madison… in 1809  “We should then have only to include the North(Canada) in our confederacy, which would be of course in the first war, and we should have such an empire for liberty as she has never surveyed since the creation…” 

An empire for liberty

An empire for liberty

As Madison prepared the country for war with Britain… the acquisition of Canada was not far from his mind.  Many felt it should have been seized during the Revolutionary War.  British possession of Canada guaranteed their continued proximity and potential interference.

The conquest of Canada

The conquest of Canada

Madison agreed with his friend and mentor… that a new war with Britain could settle old scores and solidify our control on North America.  Madison responded,   ” The conquest of Canada will do this…”

 

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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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Only Lincoln

There should be no surprise that the greatest of all our Presidents’ annual messages was delivered by Abraham Lincoln…  The daunting task of explaining his decision to emancipate the slaves, a drastic measure that drew the ire of conservatives and skepticism from moderates.

Lincoln was able to explain how emancipation would not only help save the Union… but was the only way to keep our republic on the right side of history.

 

December 1, 1862-

“The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

Fellow-citizens, we can not escape history. We of this Congress and this Administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation. We say we are for the Union. The world will not forget that we say this. We know how to save the Union. The world knows we do know how to save it. We, even we here, hold the power and bear the responsibility. In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free–honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just–a way which if followed the world will forever applaud and God must forever bless.”

 

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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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