"Any such force which seeks to curtail the predation of man by men, will be comprised of men, and is therefore a failed notion."
I am not even sure it is a failed notion. Hence, I'm not sure I was wrong.
Think about it.
If it was a failed notion, why would anyone have bothered putting the 2nd Amendment between the first and the third?
ESPECIALLY, coming from the same men who were defining THE TERMS OF EXTENT OF POWER OF THEIR IMMEDIATE FUTURE AND SURROUNDING PEOPLE.
If it was a failed notion, it would never have been deemed SO CRITICALLY IMPORTANT to precisely ENABLE the people stay in check of their own government, in whatever future, immediate and farther - AND BY COUNTER-FORCE COMING FROM THE PEOPLE, PRECISELY - if necessary.
Everything you said holds with past Monarchies and Democracies, I suppose.
But my claim is the U.S. Constitution is something unique in History if only by the mere presence of lines such as found in the first and second Amendments.
So, I maintain my other initial claim:
THE PEOPLE has failed the Constitution. BY NEGLECT.
And in my view, this REMOVES nothing from the intrinsic value of the text in the first place.
We can bring the horse to the river. And he may still not be willing to drink from it.
But the river is -STILL- THERE.
The horse may be in denial or stubborn, but WE TRIED.
My name is pronounced like "see real". I code stuff for a living and for pleasure. I care quite a bit about language.
I think America should consider doing the same, and... ASAP!