Comment: Back when the Constitution

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Back when the Constitution

Back when the Constitution was written the phrase "to regulate" meant "to make regular." That has been mentioned several times by Judge Andrew Napolitano in speeches over the years.

So, "regulated" probably would mean actively keeping something regular. A "well regulated militia" would probably then mean basically a militia that is not temporary but it actively made regular.

In modern times, though, the word "regulate" has been changed by how it is used by the government.

When metamucil says they will keep you regular they do not mean they will limit how well your body works. However, when the government says "regulate" what they mean is limiting and holding you back. That is not what the word meant back in the late 1700s, so it's important to know the context and meaning of the word back then to understand exactly what they meant.