Why Has There Been No Revolution?

When the central government in the United States rams through a 2700 page bill that was not read by any person who voted for it and whose impossible promises of more-for-less are now being revealed as a fraud; when the government, without apparent concern, rapidly inflates the national debt to 16 trillion that it will admit to (actually it’s 83 trillion); when the federal government sues the state of Arizona to stop it from guarding the borders and enforcing federal laws concerning illegal aliens; and when the government announces that it wishes to ban all weapons that would allow citizens to resist government overreaching, how far distant is revolution?

This question must have run through the minds of anyone who has read the newspapers for the last four or five years. In today’s Wall Street Journal in the “Notable & Quotable” column, historian Paul Rahe, citing Tocqueville, writes:

“One key indicator [of readiness for revolution] is that those with access to the levers of power within the ruling order cease to believe in the religion or ideology that legitimizes the regime. . . . First goes the belief in the legitimacy of the system. Then comes a trigger--an event which causes large numbers of people to say to themselves, ‘I cannot take this anymore.’ Then, the crucial question is whether those in charge have the nerve to try to crush the rebellion and whether their underlings will follow orders. If the powers that be are hesitant, ambivalent, or divided, if their underlings are fed up, things can very easily come apart (as they did in eastern Europe, in the Soviet union, and in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria).”

The most striking thing to me about Barack Obama is that he does not and he has never believed in the ideology that has formed this country and that legitimizes his own government. He meets the first requirement in Tocqueville’s analysis. He comes from some other culture, some other way of thinking, as is illustrated by the political identities of those who raised him and his friends like Bill Ayres.

And it is because he does not believe in this country, its origins, its traditions or its ideology that he is willing to destroy it.

Why then has there been no revolution?

I suggest there has been no revolution because Obama and his lieutenants have been able to disguise his lack of belief in the legitimacy of the system as patriotism. It’s as if he were able to say, “Let’s destroy the health care system, let’s bankrupt the economy, let’s compromise the security of our borders, and let’s confiscate guns. It’s the American way.”

If the body politic ever identifies Obama’s actions as coming from a person who does not believe in the ideology that formed the country, then all bets are off. All bets are off, that is, unless the realization of who Obama is doesn’t come until the body politic is inside the wire fence of an internment camp.

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About William Lafferty
William Lafferty is a retired lawyer. He retired from the position of staff attorney for the Pennsylvania supreme court. He also worked as a part-time instructor at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin and a j.d. degree from Duquesne University. He is also a writer of novels which you can find at his site.
  • http://www.techburnett.com/ Jim Burnett

    Why then has there been no revolution?

    Because people like their Facebook and XBox so much that they don't really care what the government is doing. The generations that cared are long gone or getting old. My generation and younger just don't care. Sad, I know, but what do we do?

  • cpovet

    As far as I am concerned, all bets are already off. But I read post after post of people whining and complaining. My answer is join your local militia, whiach is being coordinated nation wide. This is NOT seditition...Your 2nd Amendment rights state you have a DUTY"to throw off such government. MOLON LABE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/terry.d.waters Terry D. Waters

    Why? Because we're too busy preaching to the choir and venting our frustrations on the web instead of leaving the house, meeting with like minded people, demonstrating and engaging in civil disobedience. That's why. We're having the first cyber revolution and guess what, it's meaningless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimm.milenski Jimm Milenski

    You ask why there hasn't been a revolution? Because people are smart enough to know that things are usually just as bad or worse. Witness the French and Russian revolutions.

  • YelowJezamin

    There won't be a revolution, and anyone who disbelieves that is fooling themselves.
    The educational system has for over 30 years told students that ignorance is bliss, that government is sacrosanct, and that America is guilty from its inception for torturing innocents and that debt must be paid. This is why so many prefer to park themselves in front of Televisions and watch "reality shows" that have nothing to do with reality, even shows like "Duck Dynasty" or the latest "Revolution" teach viewers to live vicariously through the actions of others.

    Those who rant and rave on the Internet about "Revolution!" and "Secession!" are simply ranting and raving, and are essentially harmless. It won't be until their OWN doors are being kicked in and their OWN children are being raped and killed that they will rise up - too late - and wonder why, like Ruby Ridge or Waco, no other citizens come to help.

    Those "others" will be standing back, watching, half-believing in the MSM that these are "bad people who deserve what the government is doing to them!" , and half-believing that the time for revolution is not yet, that solutions can still be achieved through voting, letters, and emails, or by this leader or that Party. They will go to their deaths wondering what happened, and why nobody "saved" them. We have been enslaved for over 30 years, and no one is willing to admit it or lead the charge, out of fear of losing their homes, jobs, and families over some "Tinfoil Hat!" accusation.

    After struggling for over 30 of those years trying to educate and inspire and elucidate, I finally quit. I walked away. Now I wait and watch from my hill, laughing at those who scream and rant and rave, because they will not, dare not, take up arms for their own and their childrens' salvation, but will instead bow and scrape as long as necessary, going along to get along... until it is too late.

    And - Obama, the power brokers behind him, and the adherents to the Crown all know this, and are unafraid. They can perform their abhorrent acts right out in public, and smile and take whatever they want, because they know that the "domestic terrorists" have no organization, no inspiration, and no teeth. Like toothless dogs, they can be put down or put in cages whenever the time comes. Pop another bag of popcorn, order up some more pre-chewed food, and settle down to watch some more TV tonight - believing that the stores will always be full of food, the ATMs will always dispense cash, and that 'your representative' Congress is in Washington, all's right with the world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1347012610 James C. Foy

    Maybe, The Revolution, is the people, awakening to the fact, that they don't need much government, and passively resisting, and deliberately failing to comply.

  • http://www.facebook.com/josephine.mauro.33 Josephine Mauro

    Washington needs a rude awakening.

    • Occams

      As I posted earlier; "Know your enemy"....

      Thanks for posting that. These people are ALL MASS MURDERERS, and they do it FOR PROFIT AND POLITICAL GAIN.

  • kenfrombayside

    Any amnesty will render the present govt in DC an occupation govt just like the Vichy regime in France during WWII. Millions of aliens criminally broke the law will be rewarded. This is an outrage to those Americans who try to do the right thing everyday. To stop this travesty, all concerned citizens have to contact their 2 US Senator and rep in congress. Plus, don't put any money in Business Reply envelopes when organization ask for a contribution. Instead send a letter stating your opposition to amnesty and massive third world immigration. Remember, if you say or do nothing, you are part of the problem.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.frederick.5686 John Frederick

    Let's face the truth first, and then acknowledge it. This entire quagmire that America has become will be TRULY solved in only one of 2 ways;
    1) Revolution, or;
    2) Secession, peaceful or otherwise.
    The commies ain't going anywhere on their OWN accord, and neither are we. The voting booth is irretrievably corrupted, and hence, unreliable. Patriotism and service to the people from our electeds is ALSO folly at this point, and ALSO unreliable. Writing letters, attending rallies, bitching on the internet, and sending in donations has ALSO failed. So, tell me; what's left if we want to preserve even a SMATTERING of what America IS, for our children?
    The government KNOWS the temperature is going up. That is why they are arming DHS, the ATF, CIA, FBI, NSA and every alphabet agency in America to the nines. Couple that with the fact that that the quadrillions in bad derivatives spread like Sunday Manure by THIS country, is about to bring the entire world economy to absolute ruin. EVERY country out there is tied into it too. When the US dollar plummets, you could move to Paraguay, and your butt will STILL be handed to you. There is nowhere on earth to run from the dregs or the fallout that is our immediate future. The only question is, what do WE, as constitutional conservatives DO, to try to preserve both our heritage and system of beliefs?


    ONE OF THE STANDING ORDERS THE NATIONAL GUARD GETS WHEN THEY ARE ACTIVATED IS "THERE WILL BE NO WARNING SHOTS.." AO -6 is fixed bannets locked and loaded...but remember these are us citizen army soldiers they have family too.. I was caught up in that feeling during the 1992 LA RIOTS as I walked the streets of downtown LA. in full riot gear,bullit proof vests, fully load 30 round clips and fixed bannets at AO -6...I would not shoot apond us citizens unless they shot at me or my men first... that was my rule...E-5 SARGENT FITZ TANK COMMANDER..

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.frederick.5686 John Frederick

    There has been no revolution (YET) because many Americans are now as corrupt as the obama administration is. They get freebies, and vote themselves largesse from the public treasury, ala November, 2012! They KNOW these people in the administration are corrupt, but as long as they are being PAID, they DON'T CARE! They are content to keep their own counsel about it, and continue to support these commies. THIS is the real problem in America. Our own brethren that will lay down like dogs and lick the hands that feed them.

    I've been saying, and will again reiterate; we are now 2 countries occupying the same geographical space. The 2 ideologies CANNOT co-exist. One MUST dominate. The nasty rhetoric, the accusations, the recriminations, the outright violations to the constitution, ALL of this WILL come to a head. This is a powderkeg, and the pressure within continues to grow by the week with the inflammatory rhetoric. This is a national explosion, awaiting a mere spark.....
    Many more folks than myself see revolution on the American horizon. I would urge all concerned NOT to covet or chase it. It will come on it's own volition, and in it's own time.... We need not chase it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Alexander/100001688875158 Anthony Alexander

    Why there hasn’t been a revolution??? The slow evolving process of the transformation of the USA that goes un-noticed to those without discernment and virtue. Most of the American people are caught up in their own self indulgent lifestyles that they have lost their own virtue and discernment . People have become stupid, gullible and credulous, as compared to the generation of WWII. Since that time, the social coating of distractions have dulled peoples discernment and virtues. From the din of TV, BS reality shows, spoon fed yellow news, slanted websites, porn, IPods, Cell phone IPods, facebook, blogging, its all about me attitudes….. ALL DISTRACTIONS AND DIVERSIONS AWAY FROM WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON AROUND THEM, they have lost their discernment and judgment. In doing so they cannot see it in others. They behave as though they have all the answers but they are credulous and naive . This allows appeasement and eventually creates the environment and conditions for bad people to gain power and exercise their authority. Without virtue and discernment they vote for and support the wrong people they are very dangerous and allow appeasement and condone the current erosion of individual liberties and principles that have made the US free.

    The current system that that Hussein Obama embraces is Marxism and is slowly eroding our civil liberties slowly. Hitler and the Nazis also proved that point very well and after a World War that killed about 55 million across the globe did people walkway and know what REAL tyranny is. Today you have the same environment and evolution towards this tyranny happening again. It is a slow methodical process that is now coming to a head where the government is now preparing to make sure the ball goes over the goal-line by keeping the citizens in line by FORCE if necessary and they will make look like your fault by starting a revolt.

    Samuel Adams said A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.... While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.... If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security.

    He also added…… “It is a tremendously important and never-ending problem for the self-governing American people to be not only adequately informed but ever alert and vigorously active in forestalling whenever possible, and combating whenever necessary, any and all threats to Individual Liberty and to its supporting system of constitutionally limited government.

    In this connection, it is essential to keep in mind that the greatest danger lies in the subtle and gradual, or piecemeal, approach of danger--by which the foundations are gradually eroded rather than by open and outright assault; accompanied by harsh attacks upon all who seek to alert the people to such danger whenever it threatens.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/clee.white.3 Clee White

      Let us not forget that being ;poisoned by air, water and food has contributed enormously to everyone's complacency. Just look up sodium fluoride and see for yourself. They have been poisoning us for decades.

      Your analysis is spot on. Soon we will be challenged on all levels; physical, mental and spiritual. Those who have eyes to see and ears to hear will know what to do. The rest are in for one mighty big shock. Men's hearts will fail them and people will surely die for lack of knowledge.

      Be prepared to sacrifice much of what you are accustomed to. Be prepared to help your fellow citizens. Please do not forget there are more disasters coming other than those orchestrated by the evil robber barons who have been rubbing their grubby hands together while clicking their nasty tongues for centuries! We will soon experience things in the natural (earthquakes, tsunamis, asteroids and meteors hitting earth, etc.) as well as the spiritual attacks (demons/fallen angels).

      Much to prepare for in every area of our lives. As alarming and overwhelming as these times seem, they are exciting for those who are awake to the reality of what is soon to come. God bless you all.

  • paul tarsuss

    Will the psychopaths that control so much of the world be stopped?

    Of course they will!

    Just not by man. If one will take a few moments to examine the history of mankind and his empires, one will find that the seeds of his own destruction never fail to cling to his coat tails no matter the vector of his collective exploits. You see, this, whatever the current this is, was all foretold to the letter in our Creator's Word. His letters to His
    children reveal not only who is really who on the world stage at this time, but
    what they are doing, why they are doing it, and what will become of us all.

    “Except that those days were shortened, no flesh would remain alive upon the earth”.

    The faster the enemies of God succeed at their wicked schemes, the swifter their

    Considering that the birth, life, and ultimate destiny of this globe and it’s peoples were
    accurately forewritten in God’s word, and considering also that our Father
    promised that the wheat would grow up with the weeds, to be separated at the
    end, I’d say that the present Signs & signposts prove the lateness of the

    God promised that a “remnant” would be saved. Such is the way throughout History of
    our Father’s hand at work. He would that ALL be saved through repentance and
    obedience, but reality shows that not all can be counted worthy. There is an
    old saying to the effect that ‘God uses one half of the people to test the
    other half’. There is some truth there. Now is not the place and time to fully
    examine even a modicum of evidence that our nation, indeed the world is
    undergoing fulfillment of God’s Word to the letter.

    I will however, if allowed, leave the reader with much to chew on regarding the self
    evident realities of the shared situation in which the world finds itself
    today. One has only to remove a dollar bill from one’s back pocket to find a
    six pointed star ‘gloriously’ emblazoned above the eagle. It symbolizes that
    “they” rule “OVER” america. What is the TRUE history of the six pointed star?
    Who is it connected to and why? Who is really in who’s back pocket?

    Google – six pointed star mark

    Google – 666 talents of gold

    Google – D.C. Jerusalem masonic shrine

    Google – Shriner lucifer

    Google – lucifer telescope

    Youtube – walmart guard towers

    Google – Walmart six pointed logo

    Google – soldiers ask why six pointed star now on all officer swords

    Google – talmud truths

    The hour is Truly so Very Late…

    You see, when Christ spoke these Words:

    Here is WISDOM. Let him that hath UNDERSTANDING count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
    Revelation 13:18

    He was
    referring to a man in biblical history that was blessed with great wisdom and
    understanding....and if one goes back to the books of Kings and Chronicles, one
    will find that man, solomon. One will
    see that solomon exacted 666 talents of gold on occasion. Solomon fell away from the One True Creator
    and began following after the false gods of his many wives, eventually taking
    the "star of chemosh" as his personal seal. You guessed it, the six pointed star; The


    The hour
    is late, the harvest is great and the workers are few....


    The story
    “Huge Media Blackout regarding earth and moon orbital changes” used to be
    hosted at Beforeitsnews.com but the story was deleted several times. This
    information is of vital importance to all who wish to make informed decisions
    regarding the lives of their loved ones and themselves. Many were warned, yet
    because of the “HUGE MEDIA BLACKOUT” when the great flooding on the missouri
    river took place in 2011 as a direct result of the markedly increased solar
    radiation now hitting the northern latitudes in spring and summer months, not
    many took heed to the warnings. And who
    knew beforehand??? I attended the army core of engineers meeting after the
    disaster and addressed the Truth. The cowards sat silent and guilty, and there
    is no way they couldn’t have known well before hand as I and many others knew
    and tried to warn others.

    Study and
    see that Luke 21:25-28 is in fulfillment at this time. And see that when God
    says that the heavenly bodies will shake, and there will be signs in sun, moon
    and stars, while the nations will be in anguish over the great agitation of the
    oceans…..He Means It. Isaiah 24:20, He means it. Revelation 16:8, He means it!


    also means it when He says, “When you see the beginning of these things, STAND
    UP and LIFT UP your heads, for your redemption draws near”. TOO many are
    instead doing just the opposite, sitting down and hanging their heads! IF ONE
    IS AFRAID of what is coming upon the world, it is only because, deep down, you
    believe YOU HAVE IT COMING to you!

    DO YOU?
    Kneel and repent of sin, live STRONG in HIS WORD, His SON, Jesus Christ, and be
    forgiven, and you will instead find GREAT REASON to stand and raise your heads,
    even your voices, to God and to your fellow man.


    forgave Kirk Martin, He can forgive you too….Try Him. Soon.

    For those
    who truly seek to know God’s ways, If He exists, where is his signature on
    Creation….I tell you the time is short, the harvest is great, and the workers
    are few. See:





    Now THAT
    is news you can use. Blessings friends, in Jesus Christ!

  • Lance Steele

    There hasn't been a revolution because too many "Americans" weren't born here and too many of those who were born here are wimps and wusses.

  • John Hattabaugh

    why has there been no revolution? simple, i suppose...the consequences of our government's actions have not come home fully to roost. the marxists, facists, elitists, and their ilk, have not awakened the public, yet...when the threat is "danger close", and the internment camps are operating at full capacity, then maybe, just maybe, the hew and cry will be heard, and recognized for what it needs to be, and should be...until the collective "ah-ha" moment happens, we, who have heard the cry, and gazed into the abyss, will suffer the fools of government...and quietly prepare for the absolute inevitable...the death of our "great experiment" in democracy...we all have in one way or another helped barry soetoro, and the rest of his kind, stick a fork in this one, like it or not.