that they were feasting was infested by wolves. Your usefulness is far from
complete. Just because we are not comforted by what we learn does not make
it useless. While it would appear ignorance is indeed bliss, and obtaining
knowledge does not inspire but sorrow. I would rather have a head start on
the wolves that seek to devour me. I am but 38 yet started my quest for
knowledge only recently. The wisdom you shared cut years off my journey. Yet I fear I have too far to travel to every reach my destination. I appreciate the
wisdom you share. As well as wish you many more years to share your knowledge. I am but a simple man of both meager means and limited education. Yet I seek battle with those that overpower me in both and intellect as well. It inspires me to learn. A quote I believe from Edison as I don't have it before me it may not be exact. " I have never failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that didn't work." Thank you Sir for allowing me to learn with my pride intact.
Over the years, I have changed my views on a lot of things. Ten years ago, I was obliged to sell my wonderful gun collection to pay medical bills for my by-pass surgery. (I had health insurance coverage, but it only paid 70% and heart surgery can be very expensive.) It changed my views on universal healthcare; before I had not thought much about it; but the experience made me realize that most Americans could not afford a major illness and hospitalization without facing financial ruin and bankruptcy. For me, borrowing against my home or dipping into my retirement savings was not a welcome prospect. I had to choose between my guns and my artwork; and at the time I thought I would have less use of the former and more enjoyment of the latter. I don’t do much shooting nowadays. The veins used in the grafts for my heart left me with poor circulation in my legs; and I don’t get around that well. I still have my grandfather’s English shotgun, and my father’s custom-made Colt .45 National Match pistol; which I keep more out of sentiment than for practical purpose.
I will read up on the cases to learn more as try to expand my knowledge. I find it stange that 200 years ago most Americans understood the constitution.
Yet now I doubt if most lawyers truly understand what it means. I believe the original meaning is the only true meaning. Yet it is obvious that is no longer the case. It seems as most Americans dont even understand what is happening. When did it become every court decision was basically a new amendment. George Washington clearly said that we might need to change our government. Yet warned us to only do it by amendments. The constitution wasn't meant to evolve without amendments. He also warned of the danger of political parties. I know it will never happen but; I truly feel banning political parties would be the best thing for this country. I believe they create a divided
populace as well as make politicians have loyalties besides to their constituents. I agree that it seems the conservatives now play the game the liberals started with Roe v Wade. Yet I read what the dissent had to say it was far worse in my mind. I am not a lawyer but it did not comfort me.
Personally, and as a lawyer, I don’t find it particularly helpful to attempt to divine the original intent of the framers of our Constitution in every context; nor illuminating to read it by candlelight. We Americans have always been a forward-looking people and not anachronistic in our views. (We no longer go about our lives in powdered wigs and small clothes.) I think it must be admitted that the Constitution is a "living document," as evident by the fact that it has been amended twenty-seven times since its adoption by the several states; which is a testament to the wisdom and foresight of the framers in making provision for such future changes. Surely, they could not have intended that we be ruled by their dead hands.
Times have changed. Democracy in America has come a long way from its early beginnings following our struggle for independence. The America Alexis de Tocqueville described in the 1830's, which was largely an agrarian society, was eclipsed by the rise of the nation as an industrial power in the latter half of the Nineteenth Century to become the great economic and military power of the Twentieth Century; and with such changes came the inevitable expansion of the nature and power of government, and the laws that govern our society. Our "founding fathers" could only be utterly astonished at the America of today. But what would comfort them most, notwithstanding the recent efforts of certain groups to rewrite our history, is that we are still a nation of laws and not men.
However and from my perspective, simply having a more visible and well regulated militia of persons who keep and bear Arms should act as a deterrent for some forms of crime. So, from that perspective, gun lovers are not really loving their republic enough to lower our tax burden.