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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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There Are No Words

The Western Allies of World War II launched the largest amphibious invasion in history when they assaulted Normandy, located on the northern coast of France, on June 6, 1944.

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Luftwaffe dive bombers attack Stalingrad

The Allied North Africa Campaign began with the British, in response to Italy declaring war on June 10, 1940. They, along with the German Afrika Korps, capitulated on May 12, 1943.  This brought the first humiliating defeat of Nazi Germany on the western front. The Russian front was also stabilizing having held back against the best German armor and shock troops the Nazis could deliver.

The Russians under Joseph Stalin looked ahead to the invasion of occupied Europe and the final defeat of Nazi Germany. The Allies decided the next move would be against Italy.  The hope was an Allied invasion would remove the Italian fascist regime from the war, secure the central Mediterranean, and divert German divisions from the northwest coast of France where the Allies planned to attack in the near future. The Allies’ Italian Campaign began with the invasion of Sicily in July 1943 

Link to – Sergeant Ray Lambert – National Memorial Day Concert. Aired May 26, 2019 on PBS. Hear his D-Day Story. Narrated by Sam Elliot.

WWII veterans reflect on D-Day 75th anniversary

Between the Russian Army which was advancing all along the Eastern front, and the successful landing, followed by continual battles and a push towards Paris by the Allies, the days of Hitler’s 1000 year Reich were coming to a close. The Battle of Berlin, April – May 1945, signaled the last nail in the Nazi coffin. Hitler’s total war destroyed millions of lives, devastated Germany, and ultimately resulted in his death by suicide, before the close of World War II.

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Sherman tank on road pushing towards Rome

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Kilroy was here…

 

Patrick Has His Day

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A stained-glass window of Saint Patrick at Saint Benin’s Church, Ireland

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Most of those who celebrate, use the occasion to parade around, frequently in outlandish costumes, wear green somewhere on their body, and many use this day to drink intoxicants, some of them are dyed green.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador (for provincial government employees), and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat.

It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, Popular in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.

There are all kinds of stories surrounding this 5th century Catholic Bishop. Some claim he was born in Scotland, others, south of Hadrian’s wall, around 387 AD. His real name was Maewyn Succat. It was his extensive missionary work in Ireland for which Patrick is famous. During the thirty years of work there, he supposedly converted over 135,000 people, established 300 churches, and consecrated 350 bishops. Patrick died on March 17, 461.

The story has young Maewyn, at age sixteen, captured by Irish raiders and spending several years as a slave in Ireland. It was during this time he learned various rituals, customs, and language of Druids. It was these people that he eventually evangelized. Maewyn was said, to have a dream in which God spoke to him, saying, “Your ship is ready.” Patrick was then able to escape Ireland by ship. He returned to his family, studied and entered the Catholic church, like his father and grandfather before him. He later returned to Ireland as a missionary and worked in the north and west of the country.

He claimed another dream in which he received a letter, labeled the “voice of the Irish.” When he opened it, he heard the voices of all those whom he had met in Ireland begging him to return.

Saint Patrick returned to Ireland to evangelize the native people to Christ. He incorporated many of their pagan symbols into symbols of Christianity. The Irish 3 leaf clover, the shamrock for example, represented the “trinity”. Green became the “in color”.

According to popular legend, St Patrick rid Ireland of snakes. However, it is thought that there have been no snakes in Ireland since the last ice age. The “snakes” that St Patrick banished from Ireland, may refer to the druids or pagan worshipers of snake or serpent gods.

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A crowd gathered to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – ©bigstockphoto.com/Stu99

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We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.” ~ Winston Churchill

Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” ~ William Butler Yeats

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.” ~ John Boyle O’Reilly

Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.” ~ Saint Patrick

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