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That fantasy about the Second Amendment
I keep seeing these fairy tales about the origins of the Second Amendment — that its purpose was to guard against the tyranny of the government by enshrining an individual’s right to own a gun. The Constitution was ratified in reaction to … Continue reading
Posted in Bill of Rights, James Madison, U.S. Constitution, Uncategorized Tagged Bill of Rights, gun control, Second Amendment 1 Comment
Bert Neuborne and ‘Madison’s Music’
Have you considered why the First Amendment is structured the way it is, or how the 10 amendments of the Bill of Rights came to be so ordered? Me neither, until I read Bert Neuborne’s new book, Madison’s Music: On … Continue reading
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Gerrymandering: Politics as situational ethics?
The state senator had an appointment out of town, and all his colleagues knew it. As soon as he left, the other political party, exploiting its temporary one-seat advantage, rushed to the floor a new legislative district map, though the … Continue reading
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