I disagree with you on one main point. Assuming that things will take an "upswing," or start to get better on their own, would be to ignore the
history of the United States. It definitely seems to me that things have gotten progressively worse over time, with the capitalist elite gaining more
and more of a foothold, or control, over the systems of government in one way or another. I see no action, aside from the people presenting a united
front, that would spur change to any significant degree.
I think the claim about Americans and television is partly correct, at least in what it implies. Americans, on average, seem to be caught up in their
own personal lives, not really wishing to make an effort to do anything to change the government. Some are more involved than others, but I would
guess that the majority simply complain, if they care at all. Some might write letters to their representatives, or even go to or stage protests, but
such actions are useless. Rarely do they actually get anything accomplished.
I suppose that I believe protests and complaints worked better in the past than they do now. It seems that those in power have gotten more comfortable
with committing crimes such as denying US citizens all their rights. Just look at what members of both the Bush and Obama administrations have done.
IF there are honest members in Congress things could still get done, and there are some, but here is the problem...Those Congressmen are only
concerned about the crimes committed by the opposite party. Does one really think that a republican will go after another republican Congressmen, or
someone else in such a position of power, and vice versa? Nope. It might happen once in a great while, since anything is possible, but it is not
something that should be expected.
Going back to what I already mentioned, the reason that there are so many people who are only concerned with their own well-being and personal lives
is because this is what capitalism breeds. Its entire doctrine, whether one realizes it or not, subtly teaches people to lie, cheat, and steal to get
ahead of everyone else. If you look at billionaire businesspeople, I'm sure all of them have only gotten to where they are by taking advantage of
others in some capacity. Even businesses who outsource production overseas and pay their workers, sometimes child-laborers, a little of nothing, are
taking advantage of people. Their main motivation is profit, and they will attempt to increase their revenues by utilizing any means they can, even
less savory methods if they think they can get away with it.
It is important to remember that there is no one thing wrong with America. There are multiple things, all interconnected, that add up to the current
state of affairs. But despite this fact, cleaning up the country must start somewhere, and I personally believe that if the right strategy is chosen,
the people can actually eliminate multiple problems in one concerted effort.
I believe in the right of the citizenry to bear arms against their government, when their government has proven that they will trample on the rights
of these citizens. And I think there is sufficient evidence for that very thing. Here are some selections from the Declaration of Independence to
illustrate my point:
"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
... Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and
accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the
forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations...evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it
is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
The brilliance of these men was enough to know that people will suffer abuses for a long time before they are willing to do something about it, and
that is what is occurring in America. But I do not think the Founders of this country could have envisioned, despite their brilliance and foresight,
generations of people who cared so little about the ultimate fate of their country. Despite the fact that so many Americans couldn't care less, there
are still enough people who do care to get something done.
After reading the Declaration of Independence, focusing solely on when the people have the right to rise up against their government, it becomes
apparent that there is one major constraint, or one point that is highly opinionated, and that is that a government should not be altered for "light
and transient causes." So some could argue that things are not so bad that action is needed in the form of instituting a new government. Personally I
do not feel that a revolution to abolish and institute a new government is necessary, rather a revolution to alter the current government is what is
needed. We need to force the government to respect our rights.
Because something that is clearly evidenced by the Declaration is that governments are instituted among men for the preservation of their rights, and
it is the job of the government to insure that the citizenry have those rights. So when the government is stepping on the rights of any citizen, it is
a huge deal, and it is a BREACH OF CONTRACT. Yet such breaches occur every single day. The government spying on the people alone is such a breach, yet
there are countless other abuses that have taken place in the latter 20th into the 21st century.
So I believe the people are justified, BY LAW, in rising up against the government. There should not be any talk of altering or abolishing the second
amendment, because that is the one tool provided to the people for keeping the government in line. In my opinion, and in the opinion of the Founding
Fathers, anyone who wishes to do away with the second amendment is ignorant of its purpose, or doesn't truly understand the government's capacity for
To reiterate my opening point, the government will not "fix" or "right" itself. This was proven by the fact that the American Revolution was fought in
the first place. Well not proven, but it was a great example of the fact that the government doesn't just suddenly stop all the usurpations for no
reason. While power is being doled out amongst government agencies, none of those should be given the power of ignoring or abolishing the rights of
any US citizen. That is the long and short of it. So considering that it occurs on a daily basis in one form or another, and has been occurring for a
long time, the people are justified in using force to institute a form of government that is in keeping with what our Founding Fathers initially
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