Of course, once again, Republican analysis of American politics has absolutely nothing to do with their studying actual American history. Because, comrades, that dear Socialist line was crossed ages ago by none other than our Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Founding Fathers and signed into law by the Supreme Soviet himself, George Washington.
That dear moment of tyranny that threw the permanent pall of oppression and darkness occurred on May 8, 1792, when George Washington signed The Militia Act of 1792 into law. The Founding Fathers' paranoia over being invaded by one of the European powers was deep--almost palpable. So, in order to (what I can only imagine) strengthen the Second Amendment (you know ... "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.") , the Bolshevik vanguard of the American revolution allowed, with this law, the President to simply take over any given state's militia--or all of them--if he felt the country was somehow in danger.
Congress also mandated that every man aged 18-45 was automatically drafted into their respective state's militia. And, if that were not enough, Congress forced every man to purchase the necessary equipment to be a proper soldier in their militia:
That every citizen, so enrolled and notified, shall, within six months thereafter, provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch, with a box therein, to contain not less than twenty four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball; or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch, and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder; and shall appear so armed, accoutred and provided, when called out to exercise or into service, except, that when called out on company days to exercise only, he may appear without a knapsack. That the commissioned Officers shall severally be armed with a sword or hanger, and espontoon; and that from and after five years from the passing of this Act, all muskets from arming the militia as is herein required, shall be of bores sufficient for balls of the eighteenth part of a pound; and every citizen so enrolled, and providing himself with the arms, ammunition and accoutrements, required as aforesaid, shall hold the same exempted from all suits, distresses, executions or sales, for debt or for the payment of taxes.As I've said before here, I simply don't believe that little inconveniences such as truth will hamper or in any way alter Republicans' views on what this country is about. They've got their ideology, and they're sticking to it--even if it's made up out of whole cloth. Hell, it won't even alter their message. They'll continue talking about "crossing the line" as though it's unprecedented even though that line was crossed at the very birth of this nation. They'll continue to scream "Socialism!" though it happened at the birth of "Liberalism." And there are so many of these ideologues in our justice system (especially in our Supreme Court), I'm not even sure that this legal precedent will even matter legally to our courts. I just thought some of you might like to know.