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"If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers"

“… If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard [Constitution] they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.”

Federalist No. 33:

http://www.foundingfathers.info/federalistpapers/fed33.htm

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too bad the Constitution doesn't give the People

the authority to do anything to the usurpers.
That's why I'd rather we look to the Declaration of Independance - that is the People's handbook on how to wipe out tyranny.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

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bump. +1

"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness"

"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security"

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

And if someone thinks differently...who invaded who?

it is one thing if you pick a fight with someone, it is quite another if they pick a fight with you on your own home turf.