Between the social network analyses of Shin-Kap Han (PDF) and Kieran Healy, it seems that modern day tyrants would have ripped apart the original Committees of Correspondence, Tea Party, and other Patriot groups to shreds long before they had a chance to fight for liberty.
“Ye Royal Security Service” would have identified them, cataloged them as terrorists along with 8 million or more later day Americans, and eyed them for a nice “reeducation center” somewhere in the desert southwest (see Bill Ayers for driving directions).
We have a government that is more interested in it’s own preservation than the preservation of our liberties. The Democrats and Republicans are far more interested in preserving their duopoly of power over the people than they are our Constitution, Bill of Rights, or what is moral and just. And they know precisely who you are. I don’t know about you but knowing I’m on a list (or more) of those to be treated as enemies is somewhat liberating, in a certain sense.
Fortunately, the result of that conflict was that we built for ourselves mechanisms that slowed the ability of tyranny to infect the government. Unfortunately, tyranny still spreads like a cancer across all three branches of government over time.
I am sadly not alone in fearing that we are approaching an endgame to this present government, where it will either overthrow the Constitution and declare itself sovereign, or we will see the people rise up and reclaim their liberty by protest (if we’re lucky) or through force of arms (if we aren’t).
The federal government has made a mockery of the founding values of this nation.
They will be reclaimed, even if this particular government must be replaced in order to reassert the Constitution and Bill of Rights as the governing law of the land.