Does the Constitution Matter?

In my local paper, a retired politician was complaining that the second amendment was actually a “straw man” and had nothing to do with the state’s need for or right to impose gun control.  I’m hearing this a lot from liberal talking heads – the Constitution is just a historic document to them.

Conservatives, of course, see the Constitution as a compact between citizens, a hard limit on what the government can do.  I guess as long as the Constitution does matter, we’ll be arguing about what it means.  So for the next few weeks, we’ll be posting quotes from the Federalist Papers – the closest “source documents” we have on the Founders’ intent when drafting the Constitution.  Hopefully, it will smarten us all up – or at least smarten me up.

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About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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