“Little did Madison realize that one day in the future, weapons manufacturing corporations, newly defined as ‘persons’ by a dysfunctional Supreme Court, would use his Slave Patrol Militia Amendment to protect their right to manufacture and sell assault weapons to be used to murder school children.”
What an unfortunate name for someone who appears to have a lot of credibility. His resume includes being a professor of law at Roger William University School of Law and visiting professor at Earl Mack School of Law at Drexel University. In fact:
Professor Bogus has testified before Congress and spoken about these topics across the country. In addition to books and law reviews, his writings appear in opinion journals and newspapers, including The Nation, American Prospect, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Washington Times, and the Providence Journal. He blogs at http://www.carltbogus.com/edmund-a-blog.
In a synopsis, Bogus writes this about his take on origins of the Second Amendment. It’s fascinating:
James Madison wrote the Second Amendment to assure the southern states that Congress would not undermine the slave system by disarming the militia, which were then the principal instruments of slave control throughout the South. [...]
Slavery was becoming increasingly obnoxious to the North, and southern delegates to the Philadelphia convention demanded and got an agreement, somewhat cryptically written into the Constitution, that deprived the federal government of authority to abolish slavery. Mason and Henry raised the specter of Congress using its authority over the militia to do indirectly what it could not do directly. They suggested that Congress might refuse to call forth the militia to suppress an insurrection, send southern militia to New Hampshire, and on this they harped repeatedly disarm the militia. For Virginia and the South, these were chilling prospects. [...]
Madison won the election, and he went to Congress politically committed to supporting a bill of rights. When he drafted that document, he included a provision that with minor modifications became what is now the Second Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
In his 99-page article, Professor Bogus argues that the evidence including an analysis of Madison’s original language, and an understanding of how he and other founders drew on England’s Declaration of Rights strongly suggests that Madison wrote this provision for the specific purpose of assuring his constituency that Congress could not use its newly acquired power to deprive the states of an armed militia. Madison’s concern, Professor Bogus argues, was not hunting, self-defense, national defense, or resistance to governmental tyranny, but slave control.
The “hidden history” of the Second Amendment is important for two reasons. First, it supports the view that the amendment does not grant individuals a right to keep and bear arms for their own purposes; rather it only protects the right to bear arms within the militia, as defined within the main body of the Constitution, under the joint control of the federal and state governments. At the time, the southern states extensively regulated their militias and prescribed their slave control responsibilities. Second, the hidden history is important because it fundamentally changes how we think about the right to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment takes on an entirely different complexion when instead of being symbolized by a musket in the hands of the minutemen, it is associated with a musket in the hands of the slave holder.
So much for that tyranny thing so many gun zealots insist on bringing up all the time. And how ironic that there is evidence that suggests the person they believe to be such a commie Marxist French gay Kenyan tyrant who is coming for their guns is a descendant of the first African documented slave.
Nearly as ironic as Professor Bogus’s name, in fact.
The blinders these asses have on. Imagine that, the great and all powerful President Obama is the one the one that has made them all idiots. Uh huh.“> Via.
I once knew a guy who did this regularly, and funny enough, he wasn’t batshit crazy. Via.
My apologies, my computer is being very difficult. Via MM.
[C]ulturally and politically, in 2011, the Union of the United States more and more is reflecting the values of the Confederacy, minus the institution of slavery, of course.
Increasingly, states’ rights are superseding the federal government, and many of the states are tilting toward the oligarchs (corporations and the rich). But, of course, even the federal government is siding with supporting the plutocracy and enacting policies that result in low-wage labor. Just replace the lack of accountability of corporations and Wall Street with the free hand of plantation owners. [...]
The South wasn’t just built on slavery, as BuzzFlash has pointed out before. Most whites were poor and worked as sharecroppers, indentured servants or plantation hands. [...]
Plantation owners and their extended “work forces” would be right at home with “creationism,” because things didn’t evolve in the South. The ultimate value was on preserving “the Southern way of life,” not evolving. Progress was, thus, a threat. [...]
How would one expect the Southern agenda to value labor, when in the South labor was cheap or, in the form of slavery, literally free (except for the initial “cost” to buy a slave)?
Pleaseohplease read the rest here.
The son of a high-ranking Libyan police officer is thought to be among five people arrested after a woman claimed she was raped and tortured by men connected to Colonel Gaddafi’s regime.
In a conversation with Sky News, Libya’s deputy foreign minister Khalid Kaim said the men were being detained as part of a criminal investigation into the rape allegations made by Iman al-Obeidi.
Ms al-Obeidi was manhandled by waitresses and government minders on Saturday morning as she attempted to speak to journalists at the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli.
She claimed she had been held for two days, and that she had been raped and tortured by men connected to the regime.
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