The United States of America was born in revolution. The Declaration of Independence asserted that people have a right of revolution. According to The Declaration, "whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends [such as "life," "liberty," "the pursuit of happiness," and "the consent of the governed"], it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." The Declaration acknowledged that people should not, and will
A petition os is circulating for a convention of governors to rein the government in. There apparently is a clause in the constitution providing for this remedy. I wish I knew more about it. Sorry, but for what it´s worth.
No. Although a strong case can be made to justify a revolution, and most Americans may be skeptical about government in an abstract sense, as a people we have become too passive, self-absorbed and government dependent to embark on anything so risky.
And I´m not just talking about the free stuff crowd. When the Founders gathered in Philadelphia to sign the Declaration no one piped up from the back, "Yeah, but what´ll happen to my Social Security?" Or, "Is this gonna screw up my Medicare Part D?" Or how about, "Is this gonna mess up the playoffs?"
No, change if it is to occur at all will have to come about some other way.
As I read about the American Revolution, I was surprised how small a percentage of the colonial population (as low as 10% in one reading; sorry, can´t remember source) fought against the British. What I learned from this is we don´t need a majority to get things going. In reference to the previous poster, I´m not wasting my time worrying about those who worry about what´s going to happen to their government benefits or the play-offs.
The answer to that question is probably not quite yet. The thing that most of you are overlooking is that when it comes it will be more like the French Revolution or the Russian Revolution than like the original American Revolution. The generation that lives through the next American Revolution will never see positive results from it (it is possible that a generation or two after the revolution things will have improved over what they are now).
The abundance provided by technical advancements facilitated by our system of government and free market economy have made it easy to cause harm to that system. At some point there will be no fumes to run on and only then is a more drastic process in the offing. I hope enough of the brainwashed can be converted before that were to happen.
If it happens, it will be the responsibility of young revolutionaries. Remember that James Madison was 25 at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Alexander Hamilton was 19. John Jay was 30. These bright young men were the principal authors of the Federalist Papers, the ideological road map for the new country.
I have been talking about these phrases in the Declaration for years. Glad to see someone else finally read the document.
Seriously, from all I have read the past few years I am convinced that far too many people under 50 have no clue what the Declaration of Independence or Constitution truly say. The only Amendments they know are basically 1st, 2nd and 10th. I don´t think they could tell you much about any other Rights.
Yet these people talk about "taking back our government". I believe that like I believe people want to get paid but don´t want to work for it.
If you wish to prepare your young ones for the revolution, make sure they know their Constitution, Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers, the history behind them and what they SHOULD have learned in the publik screwl system. Look up "Constituting America" for a good beginning. Look up Hillsdale and their videos on US Government. Store up that information, make sure that the people you love REMEMBER it. You will watch, you will record, you will teach...THEN they can do nothing about it!!
Unless it is led by men of the same character that led the US Revolution, then no. It is no mistake that out of the four revolutions looked at by that book, three of them ended badly. Most revolutions do unless they are led by men of very high character like Washington, Mason, and Madison. Otherwise, you wind up with Reigns of Terror, Gulags, Killing Fields, and so on.
But let us dispassionately consider the following:
1) Who will defend the regime? (Know your enemy.) 2) Which way will the police forces, active military, and security forces break? (It is one thing to go against Obama´s civilian force, quite another to go against trained forces.) 3) What do we replace the regime with? (Hopefully, something of value) 4) how do we avoid the pitfalls and bloodshed - and ultimate total failure -of revolutions like Haiti´s? (Replacing Obama´s Chicago thugocracy with anarchy is not wise.)
But we must be bold and do something before it is truly too late. I judge us to be in the highlighted segment of Churchill´s analysis:
“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with ALL THE ODDS AGAINST YOU AND ONLY A PRECARIOUS CHANCE OF SURVIVAL. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves. --- Sir Winston Churchill
Here´s a little something for the Ben Franklin-wannabes (including Mark Levin) to ponder. We saw in 2008 and 2012 that there can indeed be a "peaceful transition" into tyranny. We´re there now, and we have the tyrannical government that the Founding Fathers warned us about. However, a peaceful transition out of tyranny will not be that easy. This enemy, the rulers and the followers, will not go quietly, or peacefully.
Someone has said that only 10% of the population served in the Revolution. I must have hit the jack pot as I have 11 ancestors/relatives who served. The answer may be that they were Baptists, since the Baptist Church was all for the Revolution.
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