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  •  As always, when reading the Constitution, (none)
    you have to try to figure out what the contemporary meanings of phrases like "aid and comfort to the enemy" even meant to those who wrote them and ratified them. In this article, a case is made--not as rigorously as one might hope, but effectively--that based on 18th century English usage, (1) aid and comfort meant material aid and comfort, and (2) this is amply illustrated by public statements made about the war against the American colonies and the king himself, during our revolution, that were plainly not considered treasonous at a time when treason was even more serious an offense than it is today.

    Greg Shenaut

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