Do US citizens have the right to rebel against their government.

Posted by: PetersSmith

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

  • Yes, the constitution was made to protect against tyranny. If the people feel the government is tyrannical then they should have the right to a revolution.

  • No, of course not. Rebelling against the government is an act of treachery and terrorism.

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  • But they should have a good reason, and have rebellion be a last ditch effort.

  • And the government has the right to fight against the rebellion; as George Washington did as president when he demolished the Whiskey Rebellion because they were complaining about taxes.

  • Of course they do. Just because a government exists it does not make it a moral government or beneficial to humankind. Americans wont rebel though. They are sheep. The American government knows this.

  • Every person does. Not just people in the US. A right is not something granted to you by your country. A right is something granted to you because you are alive.

  • "This declaration is based on certain truths. All men are meant to be equal and to have certain rights ("unalienable rights") that the government should never take away. These rights include "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Governments exist to support the rights of men. Governments exist only through the power of the people that they represent. When a government fails to grant rights to the people and removes the involvement of the people, the people have the right to change their government in a way that will allow for their unalienable rights to be protected. Governments should not be overthrown for trivial reasons; it is not typical for people to change a system that they are accustomed to. However, when the people have suffered many abuses under the control of a totalitarian leader, they not only have the right but the duty to overthrow that government."- Declaration of Independence Preamble

    Posted by: Astal3
  • Nothing in the Constitution supports anarchy (which is what rebelling is) or secession.

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SweetTea says2014-07-12T19:47:09.2944119-05:00
You cannot apply the Whiskey Rebellion to modern day. Why? We were not a country, then. We were a territory of the UK. Nowadays, we are governed by the Constitution of the U.S. -- NOT British law. And the Constitution does not provide for anarchy or secession!
discomfiting says2014-07-12T20:20:03.1506581-05:00
1788 it was enacted and ratified; WR happened in early 1790's. We weren't owned by the GB, we were a independent nation as of 1776 too.
Astal3 says2014-07-12T20:29:56.9031134-05:00
@SweetTea. I hope you are an American. Otherwise you have no place to say anything about our nation. Not only have you stated false claims about our constitution, but the real context your looking for is in the declaration not the constitution. You also made a false claim about the whiskey rebellion. It happened under the presidency of George Washington and occurred because farmers did't want to pay tax on their whiskey but the U.S government needed it to pay off debt from the Revolutionary War.
socialdisorder says2014-07-12T21:38:23.9781907-05:00
Try "rebelling" sometime by either resisting arrest, driving without a license, leading cops on a high speed chase. You get the idea. The government isn't your problem, its their uniformed storm troopers I mean police.... "serve and protect" (the rich)
Astal3 says2014-07-12T21:45:41.9655887-05:00
@socialdisorder Like the people rebelling would be any more courteous to them as they are to us. Plus there would be a serious division within the government forces. Brothers vs Brothers and Fathers vs Sons is not to be taken lightly.
Legatus178 says2016-01-06T20:42:47.6097365Z
Yes, but the more appropriate reference is the Declaration of Independence. The Constitution was greatly influenced by the tyranny that compelled us to rebel against Great Britain. The right of people to rebel can be inferred from the content of the Constitution. However, it is the Declaration that clearly expresses a people's right to rebel when all other attempts at redress have failed.

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