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  •  True (1+ / 0-)
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    But as I said in the diary, "Third, and perhaps most importantly, they were no more of a single mind then they are today."

    I understand this and have said repeatedly that I will engage more on this in the next diary.

    However, the use of the militia to quash the very thing which the right purports that the second amendment was there to promote proves it's not there for that reason.

    •  So you think (0+ / 0-)

      they were all just kidding around about that government getting out of hand thing?

      They really didn't think that the government's powers should be enumerated so that it would be limited?

      You think they planted all those letters and documents surrounding the founding in order to fool us and set up an indestructible government with no remedy for the citizens?

      You think they were arrogant enough to think they had created a perfect system that in no way would become obsolete?

      •  No. (1+ / 0-)
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        I think that they addressed those things in drafting the Constitution. Do you think that the only place where they WEREN'T kidding around was the Second Amendment?

        You're OVER EMPHASIZING the importance of that "fear" and UNDERSTATING the other actions that were put in place to allay them.

        •  I think they were deadly serious (0+ / 0-)

          about the whole document, including the Bill of Rights. And when I say deadly, I mean literally. These guys shot AT each other, for God's sake.

          These people had just overthrown the most powerful government on the planet at the time. They were very serious people.

          I tend to believe they meant what they said.

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