Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Case for an Independent Militia, 2

Continued from "The Case for an Independent Militia"

Please Note: In this discussion of the legitimate and lawful grounds for an independent militia, I refer to the U.S. Constitution because it is the law of the land. It is not the "supreme law" as it claims, for that place belongs only to the Word of God as expressed in Holy Scripture. 

My position as regards the Constitution is that Christian ideas have strongly influenced it. It also received influence from the introduction of humanist ideas. The latter produced at least one fatal flaw in the document, which I cannot in good conscience endorse.

Nonetheless, since the Constitution is the accepted ground for our system of civil government, and since it is the professed rule by which it operates, I am writing this series to demonstrate that an independent militia falls within the parameters of government found therein.

Whether God's Word permits an independent militia is another matter that I hope to address at a later time.

The whole of the citizenry comprises the constitutional militia. That is how the Framers understood the militia. Witness the words of Federalist Alexander Hamilton:

The project of disciplining all the militia of the United States is as futile as it would be injurious, if it were capable of being carried into execution. . . . But though the scheme of disciplining the whole nation must be abandoned . . . . (The Federalist, No. 29)

Notice that he equates training all the militia with training the whole nation.

(As an aside, I believe Hamilton's assertion is mistaken. In Switzerland, if you vote,  you serve in the militia -- shades of Heinlein!)

So far, I have merely laid the groundwork of the case for an independent militia:  

the people = the militia. 

Next, you must consider "the people" as explicitly mentioned in three different places in the Constitution.

To be continued

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