Some Second Amendment Roots
by Bodwyn Wook
This link is to a lengthy law-review text and reflects perhaps primarily the conventional views of our languid postmodern law scholars & professionals who altogether do have their investment in the status quo, after all; however, it also serves to convey a good deal of historical information concerning the political atmosphere at the time of the writing of the Constitution:
We all too often forget that the Constitution was a document of Federalists who wanted a stronger national government, notably in the face of the failure of the Confederation to cope well with Shay’s Rebellion & other upwellings & cock-a-hoop struttings of the lower orders.
At best, the Second Amendment arguably only made it on sufferance and, mainly, as a sneered sop to the sort who, today, would be living in trailercourts & beneath West Virginina stripmined mountain tops & copulating with their minor children….
After all, that same fearful contempt has ever been at the center of all political conflict.
In the case of the drafting of the U S Constitution, a root particular fear may well have been of riot & loss of property; there had been much of that on the part of the Boston scum during the Revolution, after all, and in Upper New York & Thither Pennsylvania. It is ironic, therefore, that a propertied class half-a-generation later would bring in a Constitutional order that in time was be used to ordain expanded Eminent Domain and that has brought us to our present regimen of “Weak Property”.
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[30 August 2013]