There's a weird paradox in the constitution and bill of rights
on the one hand the USA was one of the first democracy's, where the people have full control to elect their own government and make their own laws
on the other hand, citizens are encouraged to arm themselves to be protected against a tyrannical form of government.. ?!
Its like, the people who wrote the 2nd amendment never read the constitution.
So... we elect our own government, and then if we don't like what its doing we all show up in Washington with our pistols and rifles and bowie knives and start spilling blood?!
Its almost like a comedy routine. I understand this was all highly experimental 240 years ago, and the people that started this giant social experiment had just broken free from a monarchy that was based on a religious justification, a sort of rule of god through a divinely appointed king. And then 1776, we decide to make our own laws, our own government, but just in case, everyone keep up your skill level with your personal weapons.
Its like the Wright brothers inventing the first airplane and thinking, "you know, if this does not work out, we need some mattresses or pillows on the ground.. or maybe we should fly it over a lake the first few years
and here we are 240 years later, and they are still handing out parachutes when you get on a $2B jet plane.
I feel like I should add, things really did all go to hell in 1861, when some American citizens believed they were being abused by the majority, took up arms, and did attack the federal government, and that went on for 4 years. So what good did it do for all those Americans in the southern states to keep their own arms, rise up against what they perceived to be a tyrannical government that was trying to end their way of life? Result was 620,000 dead, with millions more injured, entire cities laid waste, and the people of the southern states ended up worse than when it started.
So what does that mean? They were allowed to keep and bear arms, but entire states were not allowed to say "no, we want to elect our own government, we don't want any part with the northern states... Ok.. so they took up their arms
and the federal government responded with a full out war for 4 years against half the people in its own nation.
If it really does come down to the reality that self government only works as long as everyone keeps their weapons of war handy, so that at any given time for any reason at all, we have the right to start shooting each other
then we have accomplished nothing in the last 240 years. I'm not sure we can technically call such a living arrangement a civilization.
Last edited by KCW; 04-15-2018 at 10:16 AM.