posted by Chris Bray @ 3:10 PM
three people feel very mild interestAnd one, apparently, is inspired to launch a jihad. Toll actually has a good point, which he finally states in about the third exchange, that Johnson wasn't actually an opponent of a standing army, despite his rhetoric. That undercuts the last sentence of your post, although the rest stands well. The concluding sentence would go well with a post showing voting patterns of people even Toll would consider to be true opponents of a standing army (although I wouldn't rule out moving goalposts).
But I think he conflates two issues: Toll was a Democratic-Republican who had been a war hawk, which Toll turns into support for a standing army during peacetime. Not the same thing at all, and the standard rap against the Dem-Repub war hawks is that they pushed for a war they weren't ready to fight. I think he's talking about different topics, and thinking that his point about Topic A proves his point about Topic B.
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