Remember the other day we mentioned that Rand Paul was asked a question about overthrowing the government, and his campaign staff pulled him away? Me neither! But anyway, we got a live one in the comments, and I thought it might be instructive to post it up front. (And for the record, I did not let this one through moderation.)
The answer to that question is yes.
we have the constitutional right and civic DUTY to violently overthrow the government if they, you know, bail out banks with out our consent, take our jobs oversees, imprison us for nonviolent crimes, use secret service agencies to spy on us and our peaceful and lawful gatherings. Then yes.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants
i know later in life he distance himself from this statement, but he still said it. in fact he also said:
For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security.
Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (adminstrators) too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.
We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds…[we will] have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers… And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for[ another]… till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery… And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.
The system of banking [is] a blot left in all our Constitutions, which, if not covered, will end in their destruction… I sincerely believe that banking institutions are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity… is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
OK, for the record, MPS and myself, we do NOT advocate overthrowing the government, violently or otherwise. We understand the anger and the frustration and we have discussed some of these finer points raised by the commentator for years.
That said, we live in a democratic republic, we do not live in a pure democracy. We do not vote directly on anything, we elect people to represent us. If you do not like the job that your representative is doing, vote against that person, and elect someone you do like. My sense on the commentator’s frustration is that it should be directed at his or her political party, not at the government itself. But this is what happens after 30 years of Trickle-down, Welfare for Billionaires and the institutionalization of Corporate Power: the little guy, from whom all their power is derived, gets screwed. Thank’s big bunches Saint Ronnie!
To sum it up, we need to change the players, we need to change the rules, but we do not need to change the game itself.