"Mr. Madison has introduced his long expected amendments... The rights of conscience, of bearing arms, of changing the government, are declared to be inherent in the people."
Fisher Ames
(1758-1808), American statesman, orator and political writer
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Great except many need to accept that the people have spoken once they have. The people will get a chance to speak again until then a little acceptance, respect and lack of bitterness is in order.
 -- Waffler, Smith     
    If we take it that we have a right to life, it follows that we have a right to defend that life, from whatever forces of violence that may present themselves, and from whatever direction.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
     -- jm k, austin      
    I feel the right to bear arms has slowed our government from overstepping on us any farther than they have. They will be required to take our weapons to step much farther!
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    The Obamunist has newly adopted that life is no longer an inherent right as witnessed by his acceptance and adaptation of the fascist Romney's style forced medical. Both liberal and neocons advocate making life itself illegal, unless in compliance of artificially created statutes ( the statist theocracy penalizing all life for not having its bigger than life health insurance $3,800, http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090908/D9AJCL500.html )
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    "Inherent rights" are not granted, they simply 'are.' Delcaring them so has often resulted in having to defend this principle from those that believe 'might makes right.' No number if people can decide otherwise -- it is not subject to vote or majority opinion.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Maybe someone should send this to Obama and the People he is trying to put in positions of power, like Cass Sunstein the proposed "Regulatory Czar" Mr. Madison had it right and it's been good enough for 200 plus years, no change needed in those areas, Please.
     -- Jon, Home, WA     
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