Wisdom comes with age because older people have lived experiences and learned from them. And yes, the young can have wisdom – but only because they’ve been forced to live a lifetime in their short years.
This is one reason the U.S. Constitution is by far the finest centralized governing framework ever written. The body of the Constitution was written with wisdom by delegates desiring alignment, coordination, and synergy among the various member Nation-States (the Union). To prohibit the emergence of totalitarianism, the delegates designed the framework to include the distribution of power among three check–and-balance branches: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial.
However, this wasn’t the concern of the States and people who were required to approve (ratify) the new constitution. The people were concerned with the distribution of power between the new central government and themselves. Wisdom grown from experience guided the people via their State Legislatures to mandate changes (amendments) to the proposed constitution that restricted the power of the new central government – and provided the States with the power to enforce the restrictions.
When we read these ten amendments (the Bill of Rights), we can see that the people specifically describe personal freedoms that are off-limits to the central government. For example, let’s take the controversial Second Amendment that says, “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.”
This amendment is very clear. It states that each state in the proposed new Union has the right to maintain a “deterrent military power” via its armed citizens. This deterrent power is to ensure the security of the State and its people against the threat of an armed central government. In other words, the people had the right to keep and bear arms – and the State had the right to “regulate” (order) its people (militia) to take up their arms in defense of their personal freedoms (and the sovereignty of their State.)
“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence. To secure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good.” — George Washington
Therefore, it seems that the Constitution of the United States specifically and deliberately established two separate distributions of power. The first is a distribution of governance among three branches within the central government. The second is a balance of military power between the States and the Central Government.
Many uninformed people will venomously disagree with the above interpretation – and insist that when the word “state” is used in an amendment, it is referring to the central government. In other words, it is the central government that has the power and authority to “regulate” the armed citizens.
However, if you consult the Constitution, you will find that the word “militia” is used four times in the main body. It is then used twice in the Bill of Rights, i.e. Amendment 2 and Amendment 5. When you read the passages containing the word “militia,” you’ll discover that the Federal Government is permitted to call State militias into federal service – but if it does, it pays the tab. The States train their militia and appoint the officers. Therefore, the militia is loyal to the State, not the Federal Government – and it must be understood that while the Federal Government is permitted to call for the militia – the States are not obligated to comply.
Article I – Section 8.
• The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
o To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;
o To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
Article II – Section 2.
• The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States
Amendment II (1791) – 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.
Amendment V (1791) – No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger
There is no room for argument; the Second Amendment exists to ensure the security of the member States. An armed population, loyal to their beliefs and under the command of their State Government, is a formidable deterrent force against any internal or external threat – especially one from a treasonous Federal Government.
“You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass.” — Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
The lesson – The Second Amendment documents that the people have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms – and that the Federal Government is constitutionally forbidden to “infringe” (interfere with) this right in any way. The continued efforts by foolish representatives of the Federal Government to interfere with this right of the people is treasonous – and pushes us closer and closer to a “call to arms” by the States.
“The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” — Thomas Jefferson
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