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The Next American Revolution

By Mark Alexander · Aug. 4, 2011

What is the Authority for Rebellion?

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson

(PUBLISHER’S WARNING: The following essay may cause heartburn and knee-jerk reactions, especially in those who are predisposed to “give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety.” But as Benjamin Franklin concluded, they “deserve neither liberty nor safety.” For such feeble souls, Samuel Adams advised, “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!” For those who are not cast among that faint-hearted lot, please read on.)

I receive hundreds of messages every day from Patriots across the nation. For the last three years, one thematic question has emerged with ever-increasing frequency. To paraphrase that question: “What is the authority to rebel against the central government?”

That question is most often asked by those who have taken their oath of allegiance to our Constitution, particularly active duty, reserve and veteran military personnel. Typical is this note from a disabled combat Patriot this week: “Please clarify for me when my solemn oath to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign AND [his emphasis] domestic,’ kicks in.”

Such questions were once deemed too radical and discordant for consideration in civil discourse. However, as Rule of Law enshrined in our Constitution has been all but completely usurped by the rule of men through the Left’s so-called living constitution, the frequency and tenor of questions about the future of Essential Liberty for our once-great Republic is propelling them into mainstream debate.

The unfortunate ascension of Barack Hussein Obama and his socialist cadres had a silver lining: It revitalized the spirit of American Patriotism in tens of millions of our countrymen. The imminent threat to Liberty posed by Democratic Socialism is the catalyst driving this great awakening and it is spreading.

To the question of the authority to rebel against government, we turn to the Constitution’s guiding document, our Declaration of Independence. It clearly affirms the “unalienable rights” upon which our Constitution was instituted, and those rights supersede the authority of the Constitution itself as they are the inherent rights of man.

This authorizing language reads as follows: “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…”

So, is it time for another American Revolution?

The answer to that question depends upon the answer to a more fundamental question: Is it too late to restore authority of our Constitution? Moreover, will the current dire circumstances result in a sunset or sunrise on Liberty?

In my enthusiastic analysis, the degraded state of the union presents a great opportunity for restoration of Rule of Law, and this sunrise on Liberty is already in progress under the broad heading of the Tea Party movement. Further, having been in close proximity to revolutions on foreign soil, I am intimately aware that restoration (or revolution without shots fired) is a far more desirable path than the violent one – not that the latter must ever be excluded as an option.

But behind every sunrise is a sunset. As Ronald Reagan warned thirty years ago, when the “Reagan Revolution” temporarily restored our nation’s course toward Liberty, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.”

Make no mistake; there are formidable obstacles to the restoration of Liberty. The most daunting of these impediments is complacency, the result of either a false sense of comfort, institutionalized ignorance or both. The votes of some 43 percent of Americans have already been co-opted Barack Obama socialist programs and policies. Nonetheless, I still believe that the ballot box is a viable alternative to the bullet box at this juncture. Every effort to work within what remains of our Constitution’s framework to restore its Rule of Law, as outlined in The Patriot Declaration must be exhausted.

If the 2012 election cycle does not provide sufficient momentum toward the goal of restored Liberty, there are substantial measures of civil disobedience that can ratchet up the pressure – measures which will find support among true conservatives in both the House and Senate.

Either way, we face a long, uphill battle. It has taken many years to degrade Rule of Law, and it will take many years to fully restore it.

As for timing, Obama has already dropped a debt bomb on our economy, the goal of which is to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” The greatest systemic risk to Liberty that this act of economic violence poses is the destruction of free enterprise by way of taxation, regulation and insurmountable debt. Accelerating the Left’s effort to crush free enterprise, Obama and his Senate majority rejected the House’s Balanced Budget Amendment as part of the recent “budget deal” to increase U.S. debt. The result: As of this date, our nation’s total outstanding debt is now in excess of our total annual gross domestic product (economic output), for the first time since 1947. Then, most of the debt was associated with WWII. Now most of the debt is associated with socialist spending programs for which there is no constitutional authority.

It should, of course, be the highest aspiration of every Patriot to restore our Constitution’s Rule of Law, a fundamental principle of which is the separation of economy and state. But is there still time, and are we sufficiently resolute?

Leading the forces arrayed against us are the statist extremists, the “useful idiots” on the Left who now vilify as “terrorists” those seeking to restore Rule of Law.

In a closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting this week hosted by Veep Joe Biden, Demo Rep. Mike Doyle said of the recent budget negotiations, “We have negotiated with terrorists. This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.” Biden, to his everlasting shame, concurred: “They have acted like terrorists.”

Biden, Doyle, and the Kool-Aid-drinking legions of the Left are formidable. But history shows that Barack Obama’s model for prosperity, is a blueprint for economic collapse, a model that is antithetical to prosperity and ultimately at odds with Liberty.

Patriots, we have an obligation to secure Liberty for our posterity, and in the words of John Adams, “Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.”

Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to James Madison dated January 30, 1787: “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. … An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”

Today, Tea Party “terrorists” should expect no such accommodation, as “honest republican governors” are few and far between.

That same year, Jefferson famously wrote more pointedly to John Adams’s son-in-law, William Smith, “God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. … What country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that the people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

Short of the bullet box, it is my fervent prayer that on 6 November 2012, an unprecedented army of American Patriots will use the ballot box to further alter the course of our nation toward Liberty and Rule of Law.

That notwithstanding, American Patriots remain well aware of both the authority for rebellion and more importantly the obligation to overcome tyranny, as enumerated in the Declaration of Independence. There may come a time to fight, and our Founders wisely extended to us the means for rebellion. We also fully understand the cost outlined in its closing: “For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

We do.


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Mac said:

Let's hope rebellion is not needed. Let's pray the love of liberty will keep the sons of the revolution ready at all times. Let's believe in God's ultimate rule over man.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Stephen in Salem,NH replied:

It's a nice thought,but at the end of the day all these people need to be removed. Yes, I mean the Cabal and all that support them.

Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

lance said:

We need a revolution at the voting booth.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Henry Hasse said:

We’ve Been Had Again!No doubt about it. When you try to negotiate with Statists, you will lose. Period. Every time. It seems that we will never learn. So now we and our children and grandchildren will have to pay, pay, pay while government continues to spend, spend, spend.It’s difficult to keep up hope. The incentives to do better and improve yourself are fading away. Just more government and more regulations and more taxes. And I’m only a cat’s whisker away from dumping the Republican Party. For all the good talk from some, like Rep. Ross and Sen. Rubio from Florida, and Rep. Bachmann from Minnesota, their voices are like spittin’ into the wind of a roaring hurricane. The media makes sure of that.There still is hope in the concepts of the unorganized Tea Party, but no apparent leadership. Maybe Ross and Rubio and Bachmann need to switch parties and help to organize it. We the People seem to be helpless against this Statist government. It is no longer ours. We have no voice in it anymore and the media wants to keep it that way. Maybe we should start there. If we could just get people to stop listening to and reading the media’s trash, I wonder how long it would take for their sponsors to quit spending advertising money on them.We need a major overhaul in government, almost like another revolution. But how do we accomplish that? Not sure I can take another big disappointment in November 2012. We are being strangled by government regulations. If “we the people” choose to remain ignorant, it will be difficult to remain being a proud American.For all the apocalyptic trash from the left and for all the fear-mongering “holy” words from the right, something entirely new seems to be calling out for attention. And I do not mean a compromise either.Gentle, kind, and encouraging words which once again promise freedom and prosperity for a city set on a hill for all the world to see and admire, words that build dreams - pay special attention to them and follow them because they have creative power to change your life, making it better for yourself and for others. Such words hold endless power in their promise, even if they come from someone who does not have all the education and letters behind their name. Many of us seem to be hungry to hear such words of encouragement again.True, sometimes words are slippery and do not openly terrify with threats but instead drip like honey. Thus the confusion they cause. My guess is that the key would be whether or not they hold promise of something better for ALL the people.People who have an idea and are willing to make the effort to build on it can still become very successful. Ask many immigrants who have made something happen for their families. Their ingenuity puts many us to shame. But government regulations are choking them out of business.Blame does little to help the current situation. However, it does seem that if voters would take greater care to notice that the many promises made by the teleprompters are usually made at the expense of other citizens, then we might not be in the mess we are in now. Taking more responsibility for themselves and not depending upon a nanny state or falling for the promises of self-seeking politicians is a big part of being an American.Governments are necessary, especially to protect us from those who plan to take advantage. But why have we not learned from the Moses story? He listened to his father-in-law and expanded the government (priesthood) so he could have more R & R time to golf at Dubai.  But things just got worse, so more regulations were added and government grew to enforce the regulations.The more government, the more regulations, the more oppression; and so the less creative ingenuity, and less progress was made in the promised land. Over the following years came the monarchies, (Their excuse: so they could be more like their neighbors.) with more regulations and taxes, even leading to captivities. Things kept getting worse. In spite of being in the center of the great trade route between Egypt and the mighty kingdoms of the East, they blew the opportunity to expand their trade services.Let's not blow ours!

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12:11 PM

fgsll said:

I disagree. There is nothing that needs to be overthrown as concerns the Constitution of the United States. However, for 100 years, the persons comprising the government of the United States have slowly (and, for the past decade, rapidly) been veering away from that Constitution. We do not need a revolution to replace a perfectly good form of government, we need to throw out the rascals that have wrested control of it.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12:14 PM

John said:

It is never appropriate to rebel against the authority (our government) that God Himself ordained. However, by God's grace He put us under an authority of a Constitutional Republic that allows us to break away from and simply not be apart of. That time has come and should be excersised immediately by all political and civil means necessary.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Allan R McDonald said:

We must revolt at every level ,school boards/city govt/state/federal.Any place we elect the governors.Band together and elect people that truly believe in the founding fathers principles.By being asleep we allowed the current mess to happen. Grab the helm,steer the ship of state thru the storm and into the will take time/and cost much but it can be done.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Stephen Lodge said:

The way things are going I wouldn't doubt it ~

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Jim Main said:

I am old enough to know that my grandchildren cannot conceive of the America I knew growing up!!Yes! it is time to restore America!

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Jeff said:

It is unfortunate that the governments (in particular the federal government)of our country have continued to strip of us our "unalienable" rights, and even more unfortunate that those of us who speak the truth get branded as "terrorists". Obama's class warfare rhetoric and tactics are dividing our country, not bringing it together as he claimed he would do. I wish a Ronald Reagan would emerge and lead our country out of the situation that we are in.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12:17 PM

john busby said:

Congress has become absolutely too partisan and is in a quagmire and unable to attend to the country's issues.The debt limit debate was a farce, embarrassing an insult to our intelligence, and a debacle of our elected representation. Congressmen can no long attend to the ballots of the people. Our opinions are not worthy of their ego and privileges

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Dave Bell said:

It is time. Not only economically, but spiritually, morally, socially this nation is mired in a ces pool. Could this be averted by amending the Constitution? I have my doubts.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Ernie Webb said:

Some of you might want to look at Rescuing America! We Are Taking Her Back!--- avail on Amazon and Kindle---another perspective on the coming revolution--- but, then, I wrote the book

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12:20 PM

jvimum said:

In your final paragraph are you actually advocating armed rebellion if you do not agree with the result at the ballot box?

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12:20 PM

GT in Hubbard, Ohio replied:

Yes, Obama won the electorial collegue vote, but Romney won the popular vote by 2.5 million voters. WTF? all the electorial collegue is a DC frat house who elects who thay want or are told to. The voice of the PEOPLE shall not be silcened

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

ron storteboom in grand haven, mi replied:

The ballot box is now corrupt. There are too many dependent on government. That was not the original intent of the founders. It is clear that the founders intent was freedom from government -- not dependence upon government. Our current society asks from government (aka tax payers) to do all for them. I would suggest that only those that have graduated from high school, earned a GED, or at least passed a U.S. Government class (required in every high school) should be allowed to vote. Let's examine President JFK's inaugural... how far has the left shifted further left? And the right shifted even further left? If JFK were elected today -- he would surely be deemed a 'right wing extremist'.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Bill DeFelice said:

When my own Rep.,Mike Doyle calls Tea Party Patriots,Terrorists,it is time to consider a new plan,for our republic.Fashioned after the Original Constitution,our fore fathers wrote. It is quite clear Mike Doyle does not represent my 14th.congressional district,of PA.He is a commie/puke,alQeda loving slug.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Steven J. Everhart said:

Unfortunately, We Have!

Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12:22 PM