The Coming Second American Revolution

The founders of the so-called Tea Party may have stirred up more than they intended.

Behind the Tea Party are moneyed “Job Creators” such as the Koch brothers who hold an extreme view of hands-off governmental oversight of business.

For them, it is all about letting big business do what is good for big business; the little people be damned.

Job Creators are creating jobs overseas, while creating joblessness here. They are willing to sacrifice our air and water quality for profits. They greedily promote the destruction of  our natural environment.

The Tea Party wraps itself in the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution and the Constitution that came out of that struggle. That struggle, that revolution, was a reaction against an elite ruling class far removed from the needs and concerns of the common man.

The Boston Tea Party of 1773 was a demonstration that the common man would no longer endure the control over their lives by anyone not representing them. For them, the king had broken the compact that allegiance was due only so long as protection was provided.

The ruling elite today are the Job Creators who through their wealth, control not only the economy, but also our political system. Elected officials at every level are beholding to campaign contributors for their election and reelection. Our elected officials by and large, do not represent the common man; they represent the interests of the Job Creators.

The U.S. Declaration of Independence states that “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”

As Alexander Hamilton noted in 1775, government exercised powers to protect “the absolute rights” of the people and government forfeited those powers and the people could reclaim them if government breached this constitutional contract.

During the Stamp Act crisis of the 1760s the Massachusetts Provincial Congress considered resistance to the king justified if freedom came under attack from “the hand of oppression” and “the merciless feet of tyranny.”

What do the constitutions of the states have to say about the people’s right to a representative government?

  •  New Hampshire:

Whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.

  • Kentucky:

All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety, happiness and the protection of property. For the advancement of these ends, they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may deem proper.

  • Pennsylvania:

All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety and happiness. For the advancement of these ends they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think proper.

  • Tennessee:

That government being instituted for the common benefit, the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.

  • North Carolina:

That Government ought to be instituted for the common benefit, protection and security of the people; and that the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish, and destructive to the good and happiness of mankind.

  • Texas:

All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.

Perhaps it is time for We the People to consider a new revolution; a Second American Revolution.

Perhaps it is time to re-institute a government that is responsive to The People, the true patriots,  and not just to the “Job Creators” and those who serve them.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

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