“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.”
― Thomas Jefferson
He was speaking a little more ‘grass roots’ than just upper levels of government. Jefferson, Washington and probably a mojority of our Founding Fathers advocated an actual citizens revolt should the government over-step the bounds of the Constitution. At the time of the quote they had all fought and won a bloody rebellion.
Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech was quite literal. Those ol’ boys back then drew lines in the sand & killed anyone foolish enough to cross them. We are seeing a little “rebellion” in this election cycle. Established politicians are getting creamed by 3 people with no political experience…and no ties to government. We need to bleed a little pressure off: a large mountain of debt along with a future ocean of cash for unfunded mandates. We probably are going to need just tiny bit more than planet Earth would bring at auction.
Our stock markets are overdue for a big deflation which could well set-off other events. Our cash has been grossly inflated to the point savings have evaporated. Retirement funds are capable of paying a minuscule portion of what was promised.
Strangely most people have little to no understanding of our economic situation nor how our economic freedoms impact our actual freedom and liberty. Many people living in big cities have already lain down so many privacy rights they do not actually understand what their loss is.
Back to the rebellion; I doubt we have another huge north vs south type blood bath. I can easily envision groups of states breaking-off and forming autonomous regions. Maybe I’ll bet in on the writing of a new constitution…