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  •  It matters what the Constitution says ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... because it's hard to carry off a revolution without weapons.  From The Federalist Papers, #29 (Hamilton):

    By thus circumscribing the plan, it will be possible to have an excellent body of well-trained militia, ready to take the field whenever the defence of the State shall require it. This will not only lessen the call for military establishments, but if circumstances should at any time oblige the Government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the People, while there is a large body of citizens, little, if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights, and those of their fellow-citizens.
    •  This is ridiculous (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, I agree - the founders did not want us to have a standing army.  They recognized the danger of the military industrial complex even back then.

      He is saying that the government should never have a standing army that has more firepower than the citizens themselves.  Okay, great.  I agree with that.  But it didn't quite happen that way now, did it?

      So to take Hamilton at his word, then we need to transfer our national arsenal to the people, and if we decide to continue to maintain armed forces then they get guns.  We get the tanks, bombs, rocket launchers, fighter jets, aircraft carriers and submarines.

      Deal.

      "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

      by La Gitane on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:39:09 AM PST

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