what would cause people to rise up? depends, i guess. we have become an apathetic country. as long as things are good where we are, we tend to ignore bad stuff. this government is going to far. people who are no more politically active than to quietly vote in each election, are now attending tea parties and town halls. they are yelling (gasp) at their representative.
the left will fuss at anything. they march and yell and protest at the drop of a hat. they are appalled that the usually quiet right and center are now doing the same. they do not realize that while we may be quiet, we are many.
what does it take for us to move from protest to revolution? i am not sure, but i think we are coming closer by the day. it may be that all we are waiting for is the next election. if we find the same shenanigans happening in the next, as in the last, and the results are questionable..........?
And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."
Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334 (C.J. Boyd, Ed., 1950)
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783