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  •  Completely fanciful history. (17+ / 0-)

    It's convincing if you pretend that none of the facts about the origins of the Second Amendment, nor most of what was written about it by the people who proposed it, nor most of the debates at the constitutional congress actually happened.  Hartmann focuses on Patrick Henry because he has to: the larger debate about keeping the State over the Federal language happened in the northern, non-slaving owning half of the country.

    Otherwise it's really tough to explain why antifederalist sympathies were stronger in places like Massachusetts (not a slave-owning state) and nearly caused a rebellion in Rhode Island.   (As if Shays' Rebellion didn't happen, and freak out all the antifederalists in the North.)

    This what we call "weasel words":

    But Henry, Mason and others wanted southern states to preserve their slave-patrol militias independent of the federal government.
    "And others" instead of specific names, because once you get to the "others" you find them in New York (George Clinton, Robert Yates), Pennsylvania (Samuel Bryan), and Massachusetts (Mercy Otis Warren).  

    Hartmann has this all backwards: though their were antifederalists all over the country, Henry was one of the few Southerners among its most vocal members.  It was Clinton and the New York antifederalists who showed up to the Constitutional Convention with a broad platform of states' rights in the first place, "reserving to the States the exclusive sovereignty and arrangement of their internal government and concerns."  

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:16:56 PM PST

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