Our Right to Oppose an Oppressive Government

The American Revolution, which was the crucible for the thinking of our Founding Fathers, clearly allowed citizens to rise up and oppose an oppressive government, in that case England.  Revolution certainly is not an action to be taken lightly, but in a case of last resort, it would be a viable option for Americans to select if their federal government had overstepped its bounds and was headed in the wrong direction.

In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to 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…

Without entering the debate of whether a state can secede from the union, we can state simply that Americans have the right to revolt and abolish the government that has become destructive of our rights to liberty and the pursuit of happiness and we also have the right to institute a new government that will protect our freedom of speech, religion, press, and all the other freedoms that we are heirs to from our original government.

There is no question that our current federal government is too big and bureaucratic, but that by itself does not justify a revolution.  However, the type of government that it has become may well give us pause in allowing it to continue.  Our government has become a socialistic form of government.  Again, this standing alone does not justify a revolution.  However, it is the combination of socialism with totalitarian domination that is the real danger to our way of life.

There have been moments during America’s great history when socialism lifted us out of the Great Depression and got us back on our feet and provided for the elderly and needy.  And even though the Affordable Care Act has generated much push back from Americans, it is not a reason for revolution.  But it is part of a new federal government culture that is growing by leaps and bounds, eroding and in many cases eliminating the guaranteed rights provided to the states and citizens by the ninth and tenth amendments of our Constitution.

You can think of our current socialistic federal government as a cancer that is progressing in stages.  At some point in time, this cancer will have to be cut out and removed or it will kill our democracy, independence, freedom, and any rights of states or citizens.  So, it is not a question of will we need a revolution; it is only a question of when we need to take action as states and citizens to abolish the federal government and start all over again.