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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, May 10, 2018 1:00 am


Memorable day; perfect end

On April 25, I was privileged to be one of the recipients of the Honor Flight trip to Washington D.C.

We had a full plane, and most had a designated helper or partner to push wheelchairs, etc.

What a blessing!

I encourage any eligible vet to go if possible.

On our return, the Fort Wayne airport was jammed with wall-to-wall people. It was a tremendous welcome home from our day's trip.

Fort Wayne should be proud of the “welcome home” on our arrivals; thank you, Fort Wayne.


Fort Wayne

Amendment authors informed on implications

Evan Davis (“Revolution implied in pro-gun rhetoric,” April 29) seems surprised that the founders acknowledged the right to armed revolution in the Second Amendment. He shouldn't be.

The founders were influenced by John Locke's “Second Thesis” stating the right of revolution is part of the natural right of preservation. In a 1787 letter to William Stephens Smith, Thomas Jefferson bluntly stated that “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Jefferson repeated the necessity for revolution in a 1787 letter to James Madison, stating that rebellion “is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”

Madison had previously endorsed the right to revolution in Federalist 46, writing that an abuse of federal power would be “opposed” by an armed citizen militia “fighting for their common liberties” and could not be “conquered.” Madison acknowledges Locke's right of armed revolution against a government that challenges the freedoms of its citizens.

Alexander Hamilton (Federalist 29) joined Madison in the belief that a standing federal army “can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens (militia) ... who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow citizens.” Hamilton knew that the armed citizen is the ultimate protector of liberty and a meaningful balance to the power of government.

Davis concludes by asking at what point deadly force against the government is justified. That answer can be found in The Declaration of Independence: Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness), it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it. That right can only be exercised by free citizens who possess the means to oppose tyranny which has, in the words of Hubert Humphrey, “historically proved to be always possible.”

Eric Beebe

Fort Wayne

A cause worthy of support

All of us who value not only a vibrant environment but also a kind regard for animals other than ourselves should praise Gary Helmke for his May 3 letter in which he very effectively voices a concern shared by thousands of us for the safety of the multitudes of Canada geese dotting our spring landscape. I encourage all of you who really care to join him (and me) in making an effort to capture the identities of drivers whose vehicles wantonly harm these defenseless creatures.

I hope Helmke will let us all know what agencies we should contact with our information.

Richard D. Whissen

Fort Wayne