Citizens, forget not your duty

If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no resource left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers, may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual state. In a single state, if the persons intrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair. – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 28

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4 thoughts on “Citizens, forget not your duty

  1. Yikes!

    My hope is still in massive lawsuits of the states against the federal government, or perhaps some kind of repudiation of debt incurred by the federal government taken on behalf of the state and its residents…

    Non-violent remedies remain, I just don’t know how motivated politicians at the state level are. The situation has become very incestuous. The federal government is suborning state cooperation through massive federal grants.

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