There is little doubt that the Founders and Framers expected men to have a gun at the ready to defend the country. But does that 18th century logic still hold in a country with a standing army, state militias, and local police forces?
While the success of the Chamber of Commerce's attempt to influence the mid-term election remains to be seen, we already know that its decades-long effort to influence the United States judiciary has been a resounding success.
We can't really predict what will happen on November 2. All we know is that the historical trends are pushing against the Democrats, and that Citizens United has definitively tipped the scales in favor of the oligarchy.
Supreme Court nominee hearings clearly bring out the worst in Republicans. The contradictions and hypocrisy seen in their differential treatment of Republican and Democratic candidates for the court are awe-inspiring.
Twenty years after Brennan's retirement, we are witnessing yet another confirmation battle where most senators of the opposite party seem inclined to reject a nominee based largely on ideological grounds.