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  •  there's also the monetary issue (1+ / 0-)
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    taxes were paid in gold or silver, but outside the port cities America was largely a barter/credit economy with very little cash changing hands.  Coming up with gold to pay taxes, when you're trading commodities and living on credit until harvest, is harder than it would be in a cash economy.

    the purpose of the second amendment is to promote a well-regulated militia, in the same sense that the purpose of the first amendment is to promote a well-informed electorate.

    by happymisanthropy on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:00:33 AM PST

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