“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
So how does that work? Who gets to decide who is the perverter and who is the patriot? Who and how and when will we know? I’m pretty sure than an open, fair election could settle this.
“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then.”
— Thomas Jefferson
So if resistance to government is valuable yet violently wrong, and God save us should a wrong-headed rebellion occur, should we just laugh it off or consider that by encouraging continuous resistance as a way of life is itself a perversion of the U.S. Constitution? Dear TJ, you are one of my heroes but this wishy-washyness about recurring rebellion being good is a bit … let me think about it.
“Laws just or unjust may govern men’s actions. Tyrannies may restrain or regulate their words. The machinery of propaganda may pack their minds with falsehood and deny them truth for many generations of time. But the soul of man thus held in trance or frozen in a long night can be awakened by a spark coming from God knows where and in a moment the whole structure of lies and oppression is on trial for its life.”
— Sir Winston Churchill
So you meant to say ‘Stuff happens’ at the most unexpected moments? This is one of those rousing calls for eternal hope that sounds great … but only when it comes to rallying folks to your side. Sir Churchhill was one of the (mostly) good guys, although he had another side, too:
“The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.”
… and Churchhill once also said:
“There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.”