"The right of the citizen to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium [guarantee] of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them." 

-- Justice Joseph Story, 3 Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1890, p. 746-747.

Oh, and for lack of a better place for now I thought I'd try to describe my political philosophy.  I sort of used to be a conservative Republican, but of late --and since the Republican party of late has demonstrated a distinct lack of spine on issues of principle--  I'm more small "L" libertarian, although that's not quite it either.   I guess in the end I am closer to a "Jeffersonian Constitutionalist."  And if you know what that is, or what TANSTAAFL means,  then you know my politics.

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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Atlas Shrugged

Red Badge of Courage

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