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A friend of mine recently invited me to speak in opposition of an Article V convention (sometimes called a Con Con) to a group of liberty lovers who meet once a month. They had previously invited a speaker who was in favor of such a convention, and my friend felt compelled to offer people the opposing view. If I may be permitted to blow my own horn, my presentation was funny and persuasive. I offered simple metaphors to explain my concerns about opening the Constitution to any and all changes, all of which would be pushed through by those who wish to subjugate us beginning with deceptive words on paper.
Time was alloted at the end of my presentation to allow Q&A from the audience. One question specifically asked if revolution was a valid option if all attempts at peaceful negotiation should fail. I responded "Of course", and very casually mentioned that the United States came into existence after King George refused to negotiate, and the American Revolution became necessary. I don't remember clearly, but I probably quoted JFK who said, "If you make peaceful revolution impossible, you make violent revolution inevitable."
Since my presentation last month I have discovered that two people who favor an Article V convention got up and left the room at the mention of the word "revolution". I have also discovered that although the presentation was videotaped, it will not be uploaded to YouTube - simply because I supported the idea of revolution. Please note, I wasn't calling for revolution, I was simply pointing out that it is philosophically a natural "last step" in defending ones life and liberty from an oppressive government.
I am deeply saddened by several videos I was asked to watch. All of them depict people living in this country who are totally clueless about our American history and heritage. The reporter, Mark Dice, is shown interviewing people in San Diego and Venice Beach who know suprisingly little about America. Some don't know how many stars are on the American flag. (4 minutes). Others have no clue who we declared our independence from. (7 minutes) They are willing to sign a petition to approve Karl Marx as Hillary Clinton's running mate, (4 minutes) - or another petition abolishing the Bill of Rights. (6 minutes)
When I tell people about these videos some have said, "Not everybody is that stupid." I agree. However I am very concerned that anybody can be that clueless. As Mr. Dice tells one participant, "You don't deserve to live in America."
Allow me to quote from the Declaration of Independence.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
Translation: we shouldn't overthrow the government because of a parking ticket or some silly misunderstanding.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, 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.
Translation: "If you make peaceful revolution impossible, you make violent revolution inevitable."
Abraham Lincoln was not my favorite president, however he occasionally said things I agree with. "We the people are the rightful masters of Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution."
I want to know which kind of person you are. Do you think revolution is acceptable as a last ditch effort to reign in an out-of-control government, or are you disgusted with the thought of any resistance to the increasingly powerful government? I predict that very few people will comment on this article because they don't want to be on any government list. Naturally, I am already on a government list simply for asking this type of question.
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