This country was founded when Joe Everyman became tired of
living with the foot of an oppressor on his neck. As the greatest of the founding fathers, Patrick Henry said "is peace so dear and life so sweet that it should be purchased at the cost of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me give me liberty or give me death!" (The quote may not be word for word, but the idea is the same.)
It took a revolutionary shooting war to found this country. A political war that has been going on ever since took its place. Read the Federalist Papers and the rebuttals to them to obtain an idea of the feelings about creating a federal government during this period. This war continues to this day and hopefully always will.
As a constitutional republic, we elect our leaders to keep oppressors feet off our necks, including those of members of our own government. Unfortunately, many of these people eventually come to beleave that they know what is better for us than we do so we have to repeat the circle. Vigilance must be eternal.
This circle of oppression has been a long and unusually harsh one. There was a very effective strategy to convince the public that they need government to take care of them and be subject to it instead of the government being subject to the people. There has always been those that want a nanny state, but not to this extent. Many people were bought off with bread and circuses. This was done by both parties to keep the establishment in power.
Trump's victory was a result of the ship righting itself politically. People became so angry that they abandoned the Republican party line and elected an outsider. This person's victory could not have been possible in a general election without support from both independents and Democrats.
It has been said that there are three boxes that insure freedom. These are the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box. Hopefully we will never have to go to the third one, but I have a feeling we were getting close to it. If Hillary had been elected and had tried to do away with the right to own guns, and had been supported by a Supreme Court filled with her appointees, it would have been on.
If we want to avoid a shooting war, then the political war can never stop. The nanny state proponents have a victim personality and will always feel persecuted. There is nothing that can be done to change this situation.