In the first part of the Declaration of Independence, these words echo in my head whenever I think of them in the context of today’s United States government:
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, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. 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. 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.
If we cannot remove the despots from our government, I fear a terrible civil war will ensue. Does that scare you? It scares the hell out of me, for sure. However, I will not live under anything but a constitutional republic. A republic that, by every measure, has provided me my life, liberty and my pursuit of happiness since I was born. To remove my Constitution and my natural rights and replace them with socialism and/or communism and expect me to obey is folly. I will not comply even at the point of a gun. I would rather be dead than be compelled by those who would enslave me to their beliefs. All U.S. officials should take note: If you take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, you damn well better mean it.