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    NonnyO, Angie in WA State

    "The truth will set you free...but first it'll piss you off." - Gloria Steinem

    by Sharoney on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 11:11:48 AM PDT

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    •  THANK YOU for that link!!! (1+ / 0-)
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      Oh, be still my beating heart!  I think I'm in love!  Intellectual men are endlessly fascinating and marvelous conversationalists.  Never mind he's old enough to be my father (my father was born a year before Justice Stevens, my mother four years after Justice Stevens).  That's a book I have to get..., and I hope like crazy Justice Stevens is a guest on Jon Stewart AND Stephen Colbert.

      It is SO damned difficult to explain the first clause of the Second Amendment and what that means relative to the second clause which is the only part the fanatic gun owners acknowledge because these freakazoids haven't even read the Second Amendment and they don't know the history leading up to it being written!  Justice Stevens is more succinct (bolding is the blogger's):

      The Second Amendment – (Amend the 2nd Amendment) A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.
      I might not have made the connection either (even though I have actually read it many times), but I've been doing genealogy research for 50+ years and my ancestors' names are found on Militia roles and Able to Bear Arms lists in colonial New England.  The militia from Marshfield, MA went to RI to fight during King Philip's War, and my ancestor came back from that war and thereafter "suffered bouts of temporary insanity."  [It was probably lucky he died young.]  A century and a half later, one of my Revolutionary War ancestors (copies of whose records I found a few months ago and downloaded the images) brought his own gun with him when he enlisted for two terms, survived over six years and some rather famous battles - and his honorable discharge is signed at Newburgh by "G. Washington."  The wording of the Second Amendment is the way it is for a reason!  (Other ancestors served in militias, another in my paternal line was killed in RI; these two just happened to have had lives that were not mundane for the periods of time they participated in their militia duties.)

      The point is, when people have no clue about the early history of this nation (and/or the role their ancestors played in said history or how events of the day affected same ancestors and/or historical figures), they can't definitively know the why and how things were done or divine the fact there were actual reasons for things done the way they were.  It's there in the documents that prove our people were there, and how events of the day affected them.

      On the Wiki page about Justice Stevens (another reason to love this man - bolding is mine):

      In Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000), Stevens wrote a scathing dissent on the Court's ruling to stay the recount of votes in Florida during the 2000 presidential election. He believed that the holding displayed "an unstated lack of confidence in the impartiality and capacity of the state judges who would make the critical decisions if the vote count were to proceed". He continued, "The endorsement of that position by the majority of this Court can only lend credence to the most cynical appraisal of the work of judges throughout the land. It is confidence in the men and women who administer the judicial system that is the true backbone of the rule of law. Time will one day heal the wound to that confidence that will be inflicted by today's decision. One thing, however, is certain. Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year's Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law."

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:09:01 PM PDT

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    •  PS Did you follow the link... (0+ / 0-)

      ... back to Sheila Kennedy's blog?  I see she follows Daily Kos.

      The few bits I had time to read of her thoughts are very interesting (will go back later; I'm late to do stuff now).  I think I'll have to sign up for and follow her blog.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:12:47 PM PDT

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