"The Bill of Rights is a born rebel. It reeks with sedition. In every
clause it shakes its fist in the face of constituted authority...
It is the one guarantee of human freedom to the American people."
Frank I. Cobb
(1869-1923) American Journalist
LaFollette’s Magazine, January 1920
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 -- Anonymous      
The over all sentiment is correct, it is just stated poorly for a stand alone quote. In the Republic, the American people are the government with all constituted authority deriving therefrom. The Bill of Rights is a most minimum and narrow statement concerning the sovereign, helping to educate against de facto rules and rulers.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    The Bill of Rights is simply an addendum to the Constitution that explicitly reminds everyone that in case you didn't understand it the first time, there are no exceptions to abridging rights to speech, religion, arms, confession, property, and other rights not enumerated. Some of the Founders felt it was unnecessary as it might confuse some into thinking that the Bill of Rights was a declaration of rights -- it is merely a reiteration of what the government may NOT do in detail.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    He doesnt understand the constitution.
     -- warren, OLATHE     
    The rights you have have always been and always will be. They are not derived from a document. The BOR also does not guarantee human freedom to the American people. The people themselves guarantee it (or not, it's up to them). You guarantee your rights by exercising them. If the first amendment doesn't work, try the second.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
     -- ashley, saginaw      
     -- Roland, Bonner's Ferry      
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