The American Revolution and modern times
OK guys I am pulling this out of thin air, just some random musings and NO I AM NOT IN ANY WAY SUGGESTING A CRIME BE COMMITTED.
From what I have read about the American Revolution, I am really surprised that we won. If anyone can explain this to me or point me to a reference, that would be great. It seems we lost most battles, it was a minority of colonists who wanted or supported the cause, and England could have dropped the hammer on us if they hadn't been occupied putting out other fires around the globe.
The Declaration of Independence tells us that it is sometimes OK to rise up against the government. The Constitution says we can not do it; it is a crime. Nothing like this has ever been attempted since our founding. The Civil War is not applicable here. That was a war of succession, not revolt. Outside of overthrowing a King versus a representative republic, what's the difference if your inalienable rights are being taken away? I'd love to see a Constitutional think tank type scholar address this issue.
As a Patriot, I would consider joining a rebel cause if many things were to come into line: massive or unbearably incremental abuses; wide base of cohorts; chance of winning; no where else to go; moral compass; etc etc etc.
I would not, however, sacrifice myself to an ill defined and poorly organized cause. I don't want to be remembered (or forgotten) as the crazy guy who got took down by Barney after he'd had enough of the government.
So do you think a Second American Revolution would or could ever happen, or either be attempted, for any reason?
What political event or ideology would citizens be willing to take up arms for or against?
What would be the outcome of such an event?