“With No Malice”©2012
A General Interest Opinion Column by an opinionated person.
Vic Topmiller Jr.
What Rights Do We Really Have In The 2nd Amendment?
What a question. How many debates. What lengthy interpretations. What ambiguous reasoning. What fear resides in the hearts of people of both sides of the issue as to how some court will decide.
I, for one, find that it is not a big problem. I read it, I read several interpretations of it and now I am ready to go to battle.
Unfortunately, reasonable people will not be allowed to decide, but rather it will be the courts. Federal courts. Meaning, as we have noticed more and more lately, that federal courts are seated with strange people that fail to interpret anything with common reason and reverence to the highest and most fought for document in all of history.
“The Constitution not only is, but ought to be, what the judges say it is.” Chief Justice Charles Hughes.
You see, the psychology of the modern thinker and judge is to think in first person, as if he or she is an independent entity endowed with esoteric wisdom and shielded from the consequences of wrong or prodigious interpretations.
If we're talking about bottom lines, well, I guess that is the bottom line. Unfortunately, if the courts are no longer the final word then we become a country of confusion. Civil wars and anarchy. That's not acceptable—look around the world and you will see why. Which points to the power of the president and his ability to direct the political consequences through the appointment of Judges. Think the president doesn't have astronomical power? Appointing judges is just one of his near dictatorial powers.
Do you think that a judge raised with a sucker in his mouth and a feather at the other end and is protected at both ends by a gloating mother is going to interpret the Constitution the same as you and I would?
“To Keep and Bear Arms”
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
So tell, my man, how many ways can we interpret this? Yet the arguments go on and on. Simple, interpreted for today or for two hundred years ago when the writers of the Constitution became aware of some tweaking and explaining that needed to go along with the basic constitution, it says, to paraphrase, “hey guys, we went to all this trouble putting together a literary work of art here, now we better explain how it is to be used. The folks of that time had just beat the heck out of the British. They did it with just the folks. Yes, not a trained military, just the folks, with their hoes, shovels and guns. By rights, these guys owned it, they won it. Against a well trained, fed, clothed and equipped British invasion. Do you remember what King George IV had to say about the whole thing when he sent to get his army and navy out of there before he lost the whole thing? “If George Washington doesn't appoint himself king of the new world he is surely a fool.” George IV, you're the fool. These folks didn't bleed and die in order to bow down to a ruler—they did it for freedom.
Inch by inch, the people are giving away the freedoms we inherited on the bloody fields of the east. Why are we doing this? Have we lost the sense of what freedom is and how big and vast are the implications and consequences that travel with it?
I don't know if you have noticed, but in every crowd or relationship, there is one person trying to dominate those around them. In every government, there are those trying to dominate those under them.
In the Government of the United States, and even in the Governments of the various States, there are those who have lied, cheated, bribed and bought their why to political dominance so that in the political pyramid they can force the folks to do their bidding.
That's why the designers of the Constitution were quick to install the 2nd Amendment.
As long as you and I are ready and willing to put our blood and life in the streets they will never rule the folks like every dictator desires.
Keep your guns well oiled and your powder dry, and pray that you will never need them.
“The history of liberty is the history of resistance, a history of the limitation of governmental power.”
That's My Opinion.