What the Framers said about our Second AmendmentRights to Keep and Bear Arms“I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.”— George Mason, in Debates in Virginia Convention on Ratification of the Constitution, Elliot, Vol. 3, June 16, 1788“Whereas civil-rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as military forces, which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”– Tench Coxe, in Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”– Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-188If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual State. In a single State, if the persons entrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.– Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28
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I came across a fascinating article in The Telegraph yesterday which cited Britain’s most recent census figures; these show that almost 180,000 people in the UK identify themselves as “Jedi Knights” (from the Star Wars films), making this the most popular faith in the “Other Religions” category on the Census and the seventh most popular “religion” overall.
I’m not going to use this as an opportunity to beat up on the Brits for how far they’ve fallen culturally; in fact, it served to remind me of an analogy that sprang to mind with regard to the Star Wars phenomenon and America.
This one might even be more humiliating than the British Jedi Knights story, in fact…
In the second three-film installment of the Star Wars franchise (this would be the one that actually took place before the original three-film installment in the characters’ chronology), all of the evil being perpetrated (which leads up to the establishment of the Empire and subsequent rebellion from the first installment, if you’re still following) is of course being brought about by the mysterious dark Sith lord and his surrogates. In the last film (of the second installment), if the viewer hasn’t figured it out by then, we discover that the aforementioned dark lord is none other than Palpatine, the Republic’s trusted and beloved senior senator, who, throughout the series, had ostensibly been working with the Jedi protagonists.
Does any of this sound familiar?
- Jedi Faith Ranks Seventh Among Religions In England (jonathanturley.org)
- Mike Ryan: Where Does ‘Star Wars’ Go For ‘Episode VII’? (huffingtonpost.com)
- 5 Possible Plotlines for Disney’s 2015 Star Wars Film (amog.com)
MacIver News Service | September 25, 2012 Updated and corrected 7:15pm
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[Madison, Wisc...] Despite assurances to the contrary, the Federal Voting Assistance Program website still is publishing an incorrect deadline for the return of military ballots in Wisconsin. As a result of this error, thousands of Wisconsin servicemen and women could be disenfranchised in this key swing state this November.
The FVAP website incorrectly stated ballots must be returned by November 16. The actual deadline is 4 p.m. November 9. Any military ballots received in that intervening week would not have been counted by local and state election officials.
Internal Department of Justice emails obtained by The Daily Caller show Attorney General Eric Holder’s communications staff has collaborated with the left-wing advocacy group Media Matters for America in an attempt to quell news stories about scandals plaguing Holder and America’s top law enforcement agency.
Internal emails between senior officials at The Gallup Organization, obtained by The Daily Caller, show senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod attempting to subtly intimidate the respected polling firm when its numbers were unfavorable to the president.
After Gallup declined to change its polling methodology, Obama’s Department of Justice hit it with an unrelated lawsuit that appears damning on its face.
TheDC is withholding the identities of the Gallup officials to protect them from potential retaliation from Obama’s campaign and his administration.
In April, Axelrod tweeted that a poll showing Mitt Romney with a 48-43 percent lead over Obama was “saddled with some methodological problems,” directing his Twitter followers to read a National Journal story criticizing Gallup polls showing a Romney lead.