Dear Interested Slashdot Reader,
None of the Federalist Papers, Declaration of Independence, or the collected wisdom and sayings of Thomas Paine are law in the United States of America. I wouldn't appeal to those as sources of authority for constitutional law, although they are fine reading on the history surrounding the formation of our laws. Yes, I understand you said constitutional "history", but you're really arguing for how the constitution should be interpreted by suggesting context. My point is that we're going to go to the document itself, as we should.
Additionally, I agree with your overall perspective and occasionally present it to others. That said, you'd get far more traction citing argument from the Constitution, US Supreme Court judicial decisions, and Federal laws. These are actually binding, whereas the sources you cite are entertaining (and at best, persuasive) reading. None will hold up when flatly contradicted by what was actually passed or decided, despite their other merits.
Finally, I'm in GP u38cg's camp on this one. I read far too much sophistry and pomposity on