Noah's Argument (January 2013)


In 1787 Noah Webster created a pamphlet encouraging Pennsylvanians to ratify the new Constitution arguing in part that any peoples governed thereby would be able to protect themselves with force if necessary even from tyranny:

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive."

That argument reveals a fashionable freedom-loving mindset of the times along with a popular aversion to tyranny, military despotism, and oppression, and it clearly indicates intent to arm the American people as heavily as any national military force so that any "supreme power" could not enforce "unjust laws by the sword" even if using an army. Perhaps one calculated foundational principal underpinning the new republic was a right to civilian arms equivalent to those in military use and by natural extension equivalent to those used in contemporary law enforcement. The principle certainly is sound despite the fact there were no noteworthy biological, atomic, and chemical weapons in those days—maybe only the relatively primitive plague-infested blankets and clothing eventually and intentionally marketed to American Indians as an incidental part of that shameful de facto genocide—and there were no drones back then either.

Nowadays of course there are all sorts of killing toys and also too many unjust laws undermining the best efforts of the founding fathers and nullifying constitutional protections while encouraging military solutions to problems best left outside martial purview. Such legislation has prevailed because State policies and actions including legislative efforts are self-serving and lack benefit or independent merit outside of nourishing an increasingly corrupt organization of political means. Also in recent years ruling corporations like those leading the military-industrial gang have accelerated arguably traitorous programs which place profits before citizens, nations, or anything of lasting value. The unfortunate hard truth is that today's typical American citizen is of no more use to the money-junky establishment than was the annoying American Indian in the golden days of typhoid and poxes.

The American dream is pretty much gone for now and may not survive this downturn—perhaps the American dreamer is next. Only last year the President signed legislation permitting the supreme power to declare any entity as being an enemy of the State and to be placed into indefinite military custody without due process, habeas corpus, or legal recourse—like WWII Germany, Yankee dissenters can now disappear. And today's hot topic is "gun control" legislation where even though the citizenry is currently denied weapons equivalent to those of law enforcement and the military, proposed new legislation and procedures will further extend that armament gap.

Incidents at Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge, Idaho, were not without abstract precedent and more similar incidents could be expected within the next few years as Americans are gradually disarmed. In the past, armament conditions, circumstances, and legislation have prevented effective good neighbor help and lack of such effectiveness will intensify with additional legislation. New gun legislation will not prevent heinous aberrations like those recent school shootings nonetheless will disarm Americans against home-grown tyranny and unrivalled power originally targeted by the founding fathers. Our legislators already know this but legislative efforts are self-serving and lack benefit or independent merit outside of nourishing an increasingly corrupt organization of political means whose sole core business is self-aggrandizement and expansion and which is insatiable in acquiring power for the purpose of administering privilege.

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