Setting the bucket down... [When you asked "Could you be any more obnoxious or condescending?" I assure you, I can. I was the youngest of six (not counting my twin). Verbal jousting was the coin of that realm.] A Truce.

I ask, my friend, that you read carefully what is written. I recognize you have your back up because you feel surrounded by ... what? Let's just say, "less-conservatives". It gives one a feeling of persecution. But, please focus on the argument. That's all I'm asking.

I tend to use words carefully. We could have a really good discussion of the roots of the Civil War, or the basis for various elements of the Constitution, if we assume good faith.