Ever read something that is so stupid that it makes you want to... I don't know... just shake your head and wonder if the person is legitimately retarded, or purposefully trying to distort reality?
Well... I'd say I just did, but I think it's pretty clear they were trying to do the latter...
Never mind reading the Federalist Papers, never mind historical context, never mind reading what the rest of the Founding Fathers said about the idea of an Armed Populace... let's put words in Patrick Henry's mouth, take another quote of his, and George Mason out of context, and then make it look like the only
purpose of the 2nd Amendment was to get Virginia on board, and not so that an Armed Citizenry could be the first line of defense against invasion, and the last line of defense against tyranny.
I just can't get over this ridiculous farce of an article...
Originally Posted by My written response to the article
This article is a load of crap. Way to put words in Patrick Henry's mouth, and then take things he and George Mason said out of context and try to make it seem like the ONLY purpose of the 2nd Amendment was to "Keep a brothah down".
This is the worst kind of shameless propaganda there is. It was obviously meant to be inflammatory, and factually incorrect. It's like context doesn't even exist in the authors' mind. It's the opposite of the scientific theory, where he chose an objective, and then found random snippets to support it. As we kids say on the internet these days, "He's trolling".
"Little did Madison realize that one day in the future weapons-manufacturing corporations, newly defined as "persons" by a Supreme Court some have called dysfunctional, would use his slave patrol militia amendment to protect their "right" to manufacture and sell assault weapons used to murder schoolchildren."
Quoted directly from the article. The DC v Heller and McDonald v Chicago decisions said nothing about corporate "person hood", rather it reaffirmed that the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution enumerates and protects the individual Right of the People to keep and bear arms. The People in this case being the same People that have an individual right to free press, religion and speech that is protected by the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. One that was not written with the intent to protect only spoken word, book, manual printing press and religious beliefs existing before 1791.
As far as allusions to corporate "person hood", the idea of corporate "person hood" has existed since 1819 with the case Trustees of Dartmouth College v Woodward. And even then corporate "person hood" only extends to protections and rights exercised by a group, which does not include any protected right that is otherwise meant to be exercised by an individual. In other words, they either don't know what they're talking about, or they're purposefully trying to distort reality to their own ends. I mean, c'mon. Way to pick, choose, forget and distort when and what is most convenient for the Author.
Read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers, put all of that into historical context, and then read the decision on District of Columbia v Heller, and read quotes from the Founding Fathers concerning an armed citizenry. The 2nd Amendment was CLEARLY put in place to re-affirm what was already true as stated in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. That being the individual, unalienable right to keep and bear arms unconnected with the service of the militia for defense of self and others, as the first line of defense against invasion, and the last line of defense against tyranny, and had absolutely NOTHING to do with preserving slavery. Everything said by the founding fathers in respects to the right to keep and bear arms affirms this unequivocally.
SHAME on Thom Hartmann!
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