Should the U.S. Have a Revolution?

I want to begin by saying I am not advocating for, nor would I support, any insurrection against the current government, but rather am in favor of sweeping changes in government.

Every country that is a Republic today has undergone revolutions, wars, civil wars, and more crises than can be counted, with one exception: the United States has never suffered a physical revolution, where the government has been overthrown and replaced with a new one. We have evolved, but that evolution has not necessarily been for the best.

The United Kingdom, back when it was just England, deposed one of their one kings, and had previously executed one of them, to protect itself from what it viewed as a threat. France viciously got rid of the monarchy in 1789, and we all know what happened next. Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, the list goes on. Most Western countries have seen governments forced out.

The United States has not, and it should. We need people to come together and ask whether or not our current government is working. If it is not, what should be done?

We need a new constitution. Yeah, I said it. Our current government is not working, many state governments (cough, cough, California) are not working, and that trend is putting a serious financial and political burden on local government. The changes need to come from the top, and work their way down.

For starters, we need a Parliament, or something like a Parliament, where the chief executive has a better shot at getting things passed, especially in bad economic times. I know that Americans love their checks and balances, but of late, they have caused more problems than they have solved. The Founding Fathers could not have foreseen the rise of the media, which would help hold public officials in check from abusing their authority (look at Nixon and Watergate).

Government requires crisis to reinvent and/or reinvigorate itself, but one thing that also holds true is governments are resistant to such changes. The long time it took the English Parliament to secure the power of the purse (and the lengths Kings would go to avoid calling Parliaments for that reason) is a testament to that. It took a bloodless revolution to secure Parliament as the governmental entity within Britain.

Something many Americans forget is that our current government did not come into existence in 1787, and between the end of the American Revolution in 1783 and then there was a weak central government. It took a crisis in that period to prompt the creation and writing of the Constitution.

Between the United State’s massive debt, horrific economy, and inefficient government, we have the ingredients necessary for a change in our government, a substantive change. Like when we adopted the Constitution and the Articles of Confederation before them, the new government would assume the debt of the previous ones.

We need a revolution of thought, and an overhaul of government now; otherwise, we risk a physical revolution which could get violent and bloody.


About brettryanclu

I reside in California, and I am a graduate from California Lutheran University, where I received my Masters in Public Policy and Administration. I like to write, talk politics, and exchange comments and opinions.
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