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The Sea Lawyers Are at it, Again

A 2016 article was recently posted by a friend who opposes personal ownership of firearms.

What America’s gun fanatics won’t tell you” <- link will take you to opinion article.

The title alone implies anyone that wants the ability to protect themselves and or their family with a firearm, must be a fanatic.

The right to speak freely, the right to protect your life or property, the right to not self-incriminate, the right of habeas corpus, were understood by those who authored this key document, as fundamental to keeping a democracy from being turned into tyranny of the masses or by a select powerful few. Human behavior is the same now as it was then, and they did their best to protect “inalienable rights.” See this article for further explanation of the alternate use of the words. Are our rights ‘inalienable’ or ‘unalienable’?

The author of the article misses two key things written in the second amendment, and the other not mentioned whatsoever; Hamilton was shot and died at the hands of Aaron Burr. Both men freely entered a pistol dual to “protect their honor”. Whatever misgivings Alexander Hamilton may have had about an individual’s right to bear arms didn’t change the course of his life or his demise.

As a bit more of a history lesson about Alexander Hamilton, he was a prominent centralized authority proponent. Among his many ideas, he proposed this at the Constitutional Convention; to have an elected President and elected Senators who would serve for life, contingent upon “good behavior” and subject to removal for corruption or abuse.

He secretly communicated with at that time, “enemies of the state” in order to further the push toward a more monarchistic form of government. Don’t believe me, then please allow the words of a contemporary to explain.

James Madison, known as the author of the Constitution, vehemently opposed at every opportunity Alexander Hamilton’s efforts to create a despotic central government. Madison once remarked that Hamilton had a hidden agenda “of the glories of a United States woven together by a system of tax collectors,” who would be ruthless in both their collection and punishment efforts. Madison authored the 2nd amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, specifically as an answer to Hamilton’s urge to create a national army which would enforce tax laws and subject the state citizens to the tyrannical rule of the central government. Hamilton dreamed of a large military to enforce the will of federal tax collectors, district attorneys, and judges on the populace, and to enforce unpopular laws.

So, let’s pick through that which was ignored in order for the author, Brett Arends, to create a false interpretation of the Second amendment.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Note the comma, for those that don’t understand this basic usage, it’s use is to separate coordinated independent clauses. Perhaps that’s a misunderstood definition on language.

More modern legal arguments over the definition of those few words are, collective rights of government vs. individual rights. I refer you to a link that describes this in more detail –> Live Science

“The first ten amendments of the Constitution are collectively known as the Bill of Rights. It was formalized for the protection of natural rights of liberty and property.” “This bill is an important constituent of American Law as well as the government, and symbolizes the freedom and culture of the United States of America.” The Constitution was written to be a more concise and centralized view of government authority. It replaced the Articles of Confederation. At it’s core, it states these rights are not granted by government, but are inalienable rights of all citizens. This means the government was formed to protect the individual from tyranny of the state as well as foreign powers.

I’ll end this post with Alexander Hamilton’s own words, because he too understood the balance necessary to prevent tyranny.
“ .. 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.”

Hamilton delineates his vision not only of a free people bearing arms for the common defense, but also for the protection of liberty. It was intended by the framers of our Constitution that a free people be armed. Therefore it follows, those who wish the people disarmed also wish them enslaved by their own government.

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Burr–Hamilton duel, from a painting by J. Mund

History has repeatedly shown, the rights & liberties of people are not preserved or protected solely by the pen, but through the power of the sword.

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A Watershed Issue That Won’t Go Away

The issue of abortion or as some refer to it, women reproductive rights, has been a topic of intense debate for at least 50 years.

The legal aspects & from a political position, I thought were settled in the Supreme Court decision • Roe vs Wade in 1973. From that point going forward, like it or not, abortion was legal in the USA.

That didn’t make it any less important or controversial. Arguments went back and forth, and in some extreme situations, life threatening activities were carried out by some extremists. It’s difficult to be taken serious if you supposedly support a pro-life position and then participate or support violence.

That’s been less of a reality as a means to advance a cause. New battles have emerged. Each time there’s an action, there’s a reaction.

Increased activity has recently occurred when some state legislatures decided that if an abortion was requested, and the woman having the procedure births a live baby, the physician is legally permitted, and in some states required, to complete the abortion.

The reaction to this pronouncement, motivated some states toward legislation which makes it a crime to destroy a living, breathing child. It’s referred to as, “the heart beat bill”, and it’s purpose is to protect that baby after its born, just as any other human baby. There are as of this writing, four states working to ban abortion, unless the life of the mother is threatened.

This spawned a series of vitriolic public announcements, which often have little impact.

There was one though, which received a huge panorama of comments. This AP story refers to a tweet that caught attention from a lot of people.
Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike, ignites social media
I agree with her idea, but not probably for the same reasons.
Overnight without warning, the pro-choice advocates assume the position that pro-life supported for decades. Be responsible for your reproductive capacity. Exercise your rights as a human with intelligence and morals. Don’t sleep with every Tom • Harry & Dick, who comes along. If you do, at least act responsibly and use an effective birth control method, so you don’t bring forth an unwanted or unloved child. We have plenty of those to go around.

She at least stated the obvious, women are more than sex objects. Women should indeed empower themselves and have the final right to choose for themselves. There’s more to abortion legal rights than merely a final contraception. There are instances of rape and incest, which need to be handled with concern for the well being of a woman’s physical and emotional health. Unwanted pregnancy is a public concern, and needs to be addressed with dignity and respect, not necessarily the heavy handed iron fist of new restrictive law.

Governor Kay Ivey signs most restrictive abortion ban in the nation into law. NBC15 News – Alabama – May 15th 2019.

This is the other swing of the societal pendulum. It’s another step in a long line of overt actions without working with the public, most specifically women. As a father, and grandfather, I of course want to see children, and unborn human life protected, but there are many points of view that need a better understanding. As a man, I’ve done what I needed to be responsible. I think it’s the right and duty of women to weigh in on this topic.

What do you think?

 

Do We Really Care About Life?

Every year there are 125,000 abortions per day, world-wide.

In the USA, nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. There are over 3,000 abortions per day. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies in the USA (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion.

We have taken the one “God-like power” which humans have, and weaponized it. We think nothing of it. “It’s a medical procedure.”

We read news stories on the horrible tragedy of some crazy person that kills dozens of people with a gun. Horrified, as we should be, we take the creative process of human life and turn it into refuse.

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baby peering from blanket

We read stories about how “global warming”, or “climate change”, is going to seriously impact future life. Yet, everyday we make choices, fully within our control, that destroy human life and ruin the opportunity to have someone born who can make significant contributions to our planet.

It’s as if the idea of destroying life is just another choice to be made. Should we have two sugars in our coffee, or not? Do we read this book, or watch this program on TV, today?

Well, there’s a disconnect in compassion when we value the life of animals or sea turtles, have them protected, but not human life. Don’t misunderstand me, animals, turtles, etc. need our protection, so too does human life.

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woman with baby on beach at sunset

We know how human life is created, and we know how to destroy it. We know that a human fetus will become a human, not a flower, or a gerbil, there’s no ambiguity, until we attempt to alter the outcome based on our beliefs. I believe there’s a connection between our collective decisions and consequences.

Our callous and careless choices lead us down a broad path of compounding bad decisions. We play our mental games, and use clever speech in an attempt to disguise or subvert truth from fiction. Simply put, if you don’t want a child – don’t have sex or choose an effective form of contraception.

We say to ourselves, we have the freedom to make such decisions without any ramifications. Choosing to not have children is a good choice for some people, however, choosing to have sexual intercourse as if it’s a recreational activity or right of passage, has serious consequences. Look around, do you see the whirlwinds drawing closer? You might say, there’s no connection to the increase in societal disparity between the haves, and have-nots. The “greed is good” line from a movie permeates the selfish way many of us fritter away our lives.

Do you believe we’re immune, that our culture is so important that it can’t disappear? Look at history. The seeds of our own demise have been planted and our corruption of right from wrong make us targets of the next Darwinian phase.

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There’s a non-violent way to express yourself and get your point across, regardless of what you’re saying or what your point is. In a free society, people have a right to believe whatever they want to believe. That’s their business and they can speak their mind. But nobody, even in a free society, has the right to take another person’s life. Ever. That’s something that we really need to move beyond.”
~ Chester Bennington
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Saving the planet begins with how we treat each new human life