Will the oppressor let go the oppressed? Was there ever an instance? Can the annals of mankind exhibit one single example where rulers overcharged with power willingly let go the oppressed, though solicited and requested most earnestly? … Sometimes, the oppressed have got loose by one of those bloody struggles that desolate a country but a willing relinquishment of power is one of those things which human nature never was, nor ever will be, capable of.
in Jonathan Elliot, ed., ‘The Debates of the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution’, (New York, Burt Franklin: 1888 ), 3:51-52.
The phrases “We the People of the United States,” “House of Representatives …chosen… by the People of the several States,” “right of the people peaceably to assemble,” “right of the people to be secure in their homes,” “enumerations herein of certain rights shall not be construed to disparage others retained by the people,” “elected by the people thereof, for six years” and “The powers not delegated herein are reserved to the states respectively, and to the people” all refer to individuals, but some argue that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” refers to the state.
“I don’t worry about the Constitution on this to be honest.” Rep. Phil Hare (D-Illinois), April 1, 2010
Rep Phil Hare, ignoring his oath to protect and defend the United States Constitution. Hare is a disgrace to himself, and the country. Anyone willing to ignore the law of the land should not be holding office and should resign immediately. Hare is a buffoon, not to mention ignorant of the history and law of this country. It is a sad state of affairs that anyone would vote for someone like this.