One of my biggest pet peeves ever is hearing my parents and my (now former, thank God) middle/high school teachers use this phrase. I fucking hate it when people make this statement, especially in regards to history and colonization and colonialism, that "there were no laws in the (1400s, 1500s, 1600s, 1700s, 1800s)." NEWSFLASH!! There have ALWAYS been laws. How long ago was the Constitution first amended? More than 240 years ago!! So many legislators and politicians and lawyers and police officers and etc. don't even follow the Constitution. American citizens, especially right-wing "conservatives" and "independents" LOVE to brag about patriotism and nationalism and Christianity (note- I'm a Christian, I was raised in a Christian household; please take no offense) and such, but they don't even understand MOST of the Constitution (besides pretty much just the 1A and 2A, and barely at that). All this talk about hanging and lynching and stoning, coming from the voices of the ignoramus (my own family included) who seem like they are BRAGGING about it just by tone.