During the Christmas break, Patrick Albanese filled in for Jan Mickelson. I don’t recall the topic at hand the day I was listening. A man called in to say that if he was forced to do some particular thing, he would either flee the country, or he would be part of the Revolution.
(Pause to note: he wasn’t saying that he wanted to start a Revolution. He was describing some scenario where things would be bad enough that there might be a revolution and if so he would be part of it.)
Patrick Albanese said that he didn’t think anything was worth a Revolution.
He didn’t think his country was worth fighting for.
I completely agree that an actual Revolution, as in a war, with guns and killing, is certainly not called for, not appropriate, not needed, etc. Not now, anyway. I stand with the founders in saying that it’s not inconceivable that a Revolution might be called for in the future. (“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”)
And it wouldn’t be something to relish. As with the first Revolution, it would be something to do because it was necessary, not necessarily desired.
But to say that it’s not worth it…
How can you say that your country is not worth defending? Not worth fighting for?
(PS, I can’t agree more with this, either: “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”)
Do I need to note that those quotes are from the Declaration of Independence?