We’re long overdue for a new American revolution.
It’s obvious to anyone paying attention at this point that this current government doesn’t give a damn about anyone who isn’t buying influence in Washington. That’s why they’ll vote unanimously for giving the military hundreds of billions of dollars to maintain an imperial presence around the world, but they won’t pay for $85 billion to provide assistance to low-income families trying to heat their homes or keep early childhood education centers open. And when things have gotten this bad, revolution is a moral obligation, not a radical idea. The Declaration of Independence proves that.
“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.”
-Declaration of Independence, 1776
The New Hampshire state constitution’s “Right to Revolution” clause says it a little more plainly.
“Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.”
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