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jamesob
01-28-2008, 8:39 PM
a few weeks ago i posted about the meaning of the word state in the 2nd amendment. some posted that the word state refered to the country or such. well tonights state of the union got me to thinking about the word state again. i looked up when the first state of the union was and who gave it. well it was george washington in 1790. so the word state in state of the union means condition or the way it is or in that way. so the word state way back then also meant condition or way. so i think there should be no mistaking on the part of lawyers or polititions on the meaning of such words.

hoffmang
01-28-2008, 8:53 PM
I'd suggest reading Dr. Volokh's law review article on the topic:
http://www.law.ucla.edu/volokh/freestate.pdf

-Gene

jamesob
01-28-2008, 9:13 PM
thanks for that site i will try to read all of it. from what i read so far its making more sence to me.

ohsmily
01-28-2008, 9:23 PM
from what i read so far its making more sence to me.

Err....or not?

sixtringr
01-29-2008, 2:36 PM
So is volokh saying that "Free State" means Free Country? I'm all for that.

EBR Works
01-29-2008, 2:56 PM
I had always assumed that "free state" referred to the country as a whole. Interesting that this affirms it. It's so obvious, I don't know how it could be interpreted in any other way!