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  •  Interesting article (14+ / 0-)

    read it earlier today. But I remain unconvinced that this is the totality of it.

    For instance you say that the constitution made a provision for a standing army. No, not really. It made a provision for Congress to call up an army but it is fairly clear that the founders were opposed to the idea of a standing army seeing as a vehicle for tyranny. They recognized the need for creation of an army for self-defense in case of war but did not want a standing one... and didn't have a standing one for awhile.

    Meanwhile, up in the north farmers trained in the militia regularly up to the time of the War of 1812 when they proved embaressingly inadequate. One of my ancestors was a revolutionary war private that wintered with Washington at Valley Forge. Post-revolution he was one of the first settlers of the wilds of western New York near modern day Rochester. His sons all were members of the local militia that trained one saturday a month on the town square. The oldest son was Captain and the two youngest sons as pre-teens were drummer and fife player in his troops. The Captain was later commissioned and lead a troop on one side of Lake Ontario becoming a Brigadier General, the next two sons got commands of their own on the Niagara Frontier while the young twins remained under the oldest brothers command. Hate to say it but they all pretty much got theri asses kicked and the US decided it needed a professional military afterwards.

    I have no doubt that the southern concerns mentioned in the article were very real and influenced the 2nd but I don't think one can honestly say that was all of it.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 07:38:39 PM PST

    •  History is always complicated. (3+ / 0-)
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      In a frontier nation people in many places had reason to defend themselves for many reasons. I think that the important issue is what led them to put this specific piece of language in the constitution. There were many aspects of life of the times that were taken for granted that did not find their way into it. I think that the 10 amendments of the bill of rights represented a series of compromises over various issues of contention. This seems like a plausible explanation of the primary focus in this particular compromise.

    •  Well there was the diary about the longest war in (1+ / 0-)
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      Pre-US then into US History being with Native Americans as a big reason for the 2nd amendment.

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