Letter: Government presumes to regulate everything
In a recent issue of the Gazette-Journal, I noted within a letter to the editor a reference to "well regulated" as in the Second Amendment of the Constitution. The term "well regulated" speaks to the organization of a militia rather than the definition of regulated that we have become so familiar with. Today virtually everything is subject to regulation by government.
Within the Second Amendment, the term "well regulated" applies to the organization of a militia under the auspices of a governing body, in this instance, "We the People." This make a clear distinction between that of irregular where that organization might be outside of a governing body, or that militia organized under a separate agenda altogether, which might not be under the auspices of a governing body, for example, an organized volunteer militia.
This concept and distinction is rarely made today, but was in common use during the founding of this nation. "Well regulated" as it is used in the Second Amendment applies to the people as an armed militia. Note the organization of an army, navy, etc., is covered in Article 1, Section 8.
Webster’s Dictionary of 1828 defines "regulated" as adjusted by rule, method or forms; reducing to order; subjecting to rules or restrictions. It is this definition which is applicable to the term "A well-regulated militia." That is to distinguish it from an irregular militia, a term that was in frequent use during the founding of this nation.
Unfortunately it appears that the term "well regulated" has come to apply to every facet and function of life. As in Orwell’s "1984," government presumes to regulate all. With the effort by the government to infringe upon the Second Amendment, it now presumes to alter or abolish what is clearly regular, that of a militia consisting of "we the people." The government, under the guise of safety, promotes solutions that are clearly false in order to exert ever more authoritarian control over life, liberty and property, never mind the pursuit of happiness.
It appears that Jefferson’s reference to "the good sense of the people will always be found to be the best army" is again beginning to reapply itself within the culture of America. I have noticed a quote from another brave and courageous man who was ancient even in Jefferson’s time, King Leonidas of Sparta. His defiance toward King Xerxes of Persia, "Molon Labe," has rapidly become a part of our American lexicon. Just perhaps the well-regulated militia of the Second Amendment might become "the good sense of the people," as the "best army."
Will that best army, referred to by Jefferson, remain well regulated or might it become "irregular" as in a volunteer force of rebellion, as Jefferson mused "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time." Will the words of King Leonidas and those of Jefferson presage an awakening in America? What does "shall not be infringed" imply? Molon Labe speaks succinctly to the matter.
With 300 million citizens of various governments having been murdered within the 20th century alone, why should "we the people" forfeit our law, security and voice to a treaty that is aligned with the United Nations?
Molon Labe, "Come and get them," is a lawful and rational response to an administration that seeks to implement a treaty that is in violation of our law, tradition and culture. The U.S. Senate would do America and the world a great service by rejecting the false premise posed by the U.N.’s Small Arms Treaty. Otherwise … Molon Labe.
Port Haywood, Va.