Pontius Pilate was a really cool dude. Remember, he was the guy who asked the Son of God “What is truth?” We still don’t have an answer to that question, but at least we could usually figure out what was false. The advent of social media has made that virtually impossible.
Every time a new school shooting pops up, the NRA races to jumpstart sales by making murder a virtue. Like Moses descending Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, our Forefathers gave us the Bill of Rights; and right up there is the NRA’s Golden Rule: the holy, blessed, sacred, Second Amendment.
Wrap it up in a flash of patriotism and fear, and watch sales skyrocket.
As to that quote, well, this is what Washington actually said:
“Among the many interesting objects, which will engage your attention, that of providing for the common defence will merit particular regard. To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a Uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for essential, particularly for military supplies.
The proper establishment of the Troops which may be deemed indispensible, will be entitled to mature consideration. In the arrangements which may be made respecting it, it will be of importance to conciliate the comfortable support of the Officers and Soldiers with a due regard to economy.”
But please, please, don’t believe me; look it up for yourself.