Archive for ‘Democracy’

January 10, 2013

The Second Amendment in Context

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Pequot war

Pequot war

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American militia firing at the British infantry from behind a split-rail fence during the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, March 15, 1781.

Alfred Jacob Miller  - Snake Indians Testing Bows

Alfred Jacob Miller – Snake Indians Testing Bows

There are several versions of the text of the Second Amendment, each with slight capitalization and punctuation differences, found in the official documents surrounding the adoption of the Bill of Rights.[5] One version was passed by the Congress,[6] while another is found in the copies distributed to the States[7] and then ratified by them.

As passed by the Congress:

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.

As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:

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.[8]

(Pasted from <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution#Text>)

Don’t you think it’s time the US of A enter the 21st century?

All images courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

June 15, 2009

Images from Iran Demonstrations

Images of the uprising in Iran are now available, at The Big Picture.

December 5, 2008

Rick Mercer Rants on Stephen Harper

Rick Mercer reminds us how Stephen Harper triggered a Canadian parliamentary fiasco by trying to throttle democracy:

http://www.youtube.com/v/pOZItN2pBww&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0xe1600f&color2=0xfebd01

January 31, 2008

Afghanistan, Islam and Democracy

Larry Moran discusses an issue that has long given me doubts about our involvement in Afghanistan. Is this the kind of democracy that Canadians should be giving up their lives for? Are Islam and western democratic principles mutually exclusive?

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