This weighed well on the minds of our forefathers as they assessed the mood of their English rulers and concluded that trusting that form of depotism would not be acceptable any longer. If indeed this was the New Country, than Old Country methods of oppression designed to control the population and sustain power for the elite could have no purchase here.
Freedom became the rallying cry that first brought together this desperate group of people who, in reality, had no right to believe they could overcome the grip of the greatest military power of that day. There ensued a bloody conflict for that conceptuality known as freedom. Lives were impacted at the most serious levels and its outcome was in doubt many times. Just before signing the Declaration of Independence Benjamin Franklin reminded his co conspiritors that “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly, we shall all hang seperately.” But thanks to these men and many others, in the end freedom could not and would not allow itself to be denied the opportunity to enhance the lives of generations of Americans to come.
In their magnificence, our forefathers risked all to establish the foundation of a representative government “for the people” and “by the people” with the intent that the private “pusuit of happiness” and “prosperity” can not be controlled by an entity not directly answerable to its owners.
If government is an evil it should be as small an evil as possible. The genius of our Founders was that recognition and their subsequent reaction to it. Their action against tyranny in any form is our inheritance and must be so honored. A government which by its own actions shows an arrogant disregard for the will of the people shall be rightfully challenged per the precedent established by our Declaration of Independence. Per that historic document, our government “derives its power from the consent of the governed” and when said governement exceeds its permitted grasp “it is the right of the people to alter or abolish” that government.