Fortunately, our Founding Fathers not only knew this firsthand, but they had the wisdom to provide for various means of redress, including:
Originally Posted by since9
- Normative: elections for choosing (or ousting) our Congressmen and President
- Provisional: access to both through letters, and if the situation is severe enough, via an audience
- Exceptional: exercise of our 1st Amendment right of free speech
- Dire: in the most dire cases, exercise of our 2nd Amendment right "being necessary to the security of a free State"
This is by no means calling for any sort of overthrow of our government. Rather, these are the provisions put in place by our government! The most clear and telling evidence of this comes from those who ratified the United States Bill of Rights. Even then they saw the powers of the federal government were growing out of control, and upon threats of secession by many of the states, they saw the urgent need to place even more restrictions on the feds. Thus, they included the following in the Preamble to the Bill of Rights:
"Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.
ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution." - Preamble to the U.S. Bill of Rights
None of this has anything to do with an overthrow of our government. Rather, it has everything to do with ensuring our government remains true to its charter, the foundation and cornerstone of our country: The U.S. Constitution.