They’re for revenge.
Think about it.
They’re for revenge.
Think about it.
…considered in the New York City statehood discussion of 1971. Time then concluded on something like my Autonomy idea, or even a semi-federalization ala the Tennessee Valley Authority or the MTA.
More on-point is a Harper’s 1999 piece on discussing — just discussing! — whether the 1787 Constitution is obsolete, inspired by Columbine and the 2nd Amendment rants of recent decades, and its virtual unamendability. The older Time article concludes,
The new consideration of national cities and city-states is a refreshing move to examine the rationale of the nation’s long-accepted governmental divisions. One of the most important national problems throughout the next 20 years, predicts Bell, will be to decide the most effective social unit to handle each social problem. “What is best left to the neighborhoods?” he asks. “What to townships? What to municipalities? What to metropolitan areas? What to regions and what to the Federal Government?” The questions are simple, the answers elusive—but an imaginative quest for them is essential to the future of the nation.
It’s questionable whether we really looked at those things seriously as a Federation — or whatever — during the predicted ’70s and ’80s. Maybe now it’s time.
BTW, I know a bit more about the background than the Harper’s writer, and the reality about English village and town “militias” and posses and whether they were “volunteerism” or compulsory. Also, how even these supposed bulwarks of local freedom could be used to enforce local conformity, oppress next-door neighbors, “different” people, dissenters, gays, immigrants, Catholics, Quakers, church reformers, “liberals” — which would cover both today’s U.S. “liberals” AND “conservatives”! — etc etc etc. Plus, the main body of our Constitution empowers — Guess who? — CONGRESS!!! — to “regulate” the State’s Militias. Simply reading the text will sometimes work wonders itself.
On the lighter side, it’s entirely possible that the 2nd Amendment isn’t about guns at all, but heraldry: “Bearing arms” also means, and meant, publicly presenting yourself as validly possessing a coat of arms, i.e., as armigerous. “Well-regulated militia”?: Heraldry was invented in order to distinguish fighters on and near a field of battle, i.e., to tell them apart. It’s still used today by modern armed forces in those logos and patches that distinguish military units and countries’ forces … even countries themselves, hence national flags like the Stars and Stripes, the Royal Colours (aka Union Jack), the Tricolour, etc etc etc. So it’s possible the Framers weren’t thinking about guns OR militias, but shields and crests, ribbons and supporters! But AFAIK the USA has never granted individual arms of this kind, leaving that to WWW bucketshop frauds seducing you with “mists of antiquity” and “ancient seats” and hints of … royalty and nobility!!!
Maybe some scribe even switched the two words around, and it’s about arming bears … knowing how crazy we’d always be arguing about guns and militias, coats of arms and “crests” and “mists of antiquity,” etc.! Maybe we’re not even supposed to bear arms at all, just sic armed bears on our enemies!!!
…it’ll be pretty easy to identify them before they commit crimes. Kind of like an Outlaw I.D. card, right?!!* “Conservatives” like that, don’t they?!!!
(*–Only more dangerous….)
Remember Fitzmas carols?! They’re singing U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s praises again for accusing Rod Blagojevich – remember, innocent till proved guilty, and it’s possible not all us Eastern Orthodox Christians are saints (yet!) – but let’s remember all we got out of him in the Plamegate Treason case was a token conviction of Scooter Libby who took the fall for probably Cheney and many other scum, then walked unconstitutionally. I have a feeling Blago’s right, and we haven’t seen the end of this, and there’s more to be revealed. Meanwhile let’s get the Bu’ushists on their way out the West Wing, so they don’t get away with all their High Crimes, and nobody else in the future thinks they will either….
Did you hear about the White Racist vigilantes during Katrina in New Orleans killing poor Blacks escaping the flooding Lower Ninth Ward while cops batted an eye? Me neither. (Yeah, OK, it’s Katrina vanden Heuvel from The Nation….) Sign the petition.
Did you hear Orthodox, former Evangelical bigwig, Frank Schaeffer sounding almost like a progressive conservative?!!! (What those he calls “conservatives” and “progressives” have in common is Classical Liberalism, as he articulately characterizes without using the term.) Alright, a pissed one, who forgot in that particular article to take some of the blame himself for driving the Religious Wrong all these years. (That may be in his new autobiography, thankfully.) He owes most of us a big honkin’ apology, quite frankly (no pun intended). But, hell, welcome aboard, Franky, the water’s warm! Besides, you’re my brother in Christ now, so I have to forgive you. Do any of us get to retract our mistakes (or any do-overs, to use W’s typically-childish boxball analogy)?
Cheney: If President does something during war, it’s legal. “Go F*@# yourself,” “Dick”! Or let your cellmate do that for ya….
Finally, for something completely different(?), “Ten Ways to Make Your Kids More Likeable (and Yourself Too)” or something like that. Happy Solstice!