Political Thought

Political Speech - Keepers of the Constitution

November 18, 2013
Political Speech: The Keepers of the Constitutional Republic
by The Board of Directors

As the story goes, after the signing of the US Constitution, Benjamin Franklin was descending the stairs of Independence Hall where the Constitutional Convention had ended when he was asked, “Mr. Franklin, What have you given us?” Ben was reputed to have said, “A republic, if we can keep it.” How insightful. Seven simple words that described the historic reality of the fate of the many republics that had come before America’s new republic and quite possibly seven prescient words that may be reflective of America’s current state of political evolution.

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The Constitution

The Right to Bear Arms
By Larry N. Smith, M.D., F.A.C.S.

The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld the meaning and intent of the Second Amendment. Much has been made of the Heller decision, but in the context of the history of the Second Amendment and the milieu in which it was written, it is easy to appreciate the strict constitutional interpretation whence came the 5-to-4 decision.

The right of law-abiding American citizens to bear arms was clearly outlined by Justice Scalia’s majority opinion, but this will not go unchallenged by those who side with the minority. Attempts at using the argument “for the good of public health” as a justifiable reason to limit or annul the Second Amendment must be tempered with a realistic understanding of the pathology of the public-health problem. This desire to “regulate” one amendment can only lead to the de-facto regulation of the other amendments.

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