Here’s a very good article on the Supreme Court case of the D.C. Gun Ban by John and Maxim Lott. But this case really has little to do with our gun rights. It’s really whether we have any rights at all. …Right here in Indiana. Let me explain:
What we call “government,” or “politics,” comprises the sole agency of humanity’s default state of oppression, slavery, genocide and war. Individuals, no matter how wicked, are obviously unable to oppress, enslave and war without the delegated power and collective obedience we call “the state.”
Politicians and political schools of course tell you that civil society cannot exist without their organized and variously/occasionally benign prohibitions and punishments. This isn’t true, but for now we’ll leave alone the idea that government isn’t always entirely bad.
But it usually is. History demonstrates redundantly that if we don’t actively and continuously fight our default state of oppression and murder, we will indeed suffer as most people have suffered since shortly after Cain slew Abel. That’s just the way human societies work.
Read the Declaration of Independence and you’ll see that our nation sprang from men who really wanted only the rights due them as English subjects. They didn’t want to create a new nation, but found it necessary to create one as their King was intractable to reason…and law.
This is a pattern. A nation begins with at least some degree of liberty for its citizens. The nation thrives to the degree its citizens have freedom. The rulers get greedy/corrupt. Freedoms and property are progressively stolen. The nation fails.
If you grant this take on human history and behavior, let us then consider where we are in the life cycle of a nation by considering what some noted Americans have said:
There never was a good war or a bad peace. ~Benjamin Franklin
Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. ~James Madison
The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home. ~James Madison
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. ~James Madison
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. ~Abraham Lincoln
We Americans have no commission from God to police the world. ~Benjamin Harrison
War settles nothing.~Dwight D. Eisenhower
A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny. ~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
When American presidents prepare for foreign wars, they lie. ~Robert Higgs
I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we’re really talking about peace. ~George W. Bush
Now I’ll not suggest that our troubles began with GWB. No, we’ve had trouble since constitution’s signatures were still wet. The price of liberty has always been eternal vigilance…against politicians.
But what I am suggesting is that Americans are threatened like never before. We’ve been lied to for so long (via mass media, government schools, political races) that we don’t even know how this country is supposed to work.
In fact, some may wonder why, if I’m running for Governor of Indiana, I’m worried about the Supreme Court or even the Constitution for the United States of America.
Well, because it’s the Governor’s job to worry about such things, that’s why.
The Indiana Governor swears an oath to both constitutions, you know. It’s the states who’re responsible for federalism (as opposed to the unitary government we now suffer). Read the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, and you’ll see how our founders intended that the states push back, hard, to ensure federal government.
As the governors are the executives, the executors of both constitutions, it’s therefore the job of governors to worry about undeclared wars and stolen rights far more than it’s their job to subsidize the Colts with taxpayer money.