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  •  People should reflect on the Whiskey Rebellion (22+ / 0-)

    especially the original intent idiots like Scalia.  In 1791 the US passed an excise tax on spirits, and the 18th century equivalent of tea baggers revolted in western PA.  Excise taxes were essential to running the federal government, as taxes on commodities were essentially the only source of revenue at that time.  George Washington put down the rebellion by force in 1794, illustrating the fact that the US federal government had the right to impose law and collect taxes for the national good within its borders.

    Now, the US got through the Whiskey Rebellion without the intent or need to disarm the American public. Thomas Jefferson opposed the excise tax and used his opposition for political benefit. There is a reasonable belief that some politicians, particularly Jefferson's Democratic-Republican Party, did feel that the second amendment was intended to permit US citizens to be able to oppose their government should it exceed the constitution.  That was not really the perspective of the Federalists, though, and Jefferson himself was perfectly willing to use armed federal agents to collect tax revenue.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:05:02 AM PST

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