Stephen Broden, Republican congressional candidate in Texas, said he would not rule out violent overthrow of the government if the elections process doesn’t produce the kind of results constitutionalists are yearning for.
Broden told a reporter for WFAA-TV that revolt is not the first option, but a last resort. "We have a constitutional remedy," Broden said. "And the Framers say if that don't work, revolution."
"If the government is not producing the results or has become destructive to the ends of our liberties, we have a right to get rid of that government and to get rid of it by any means necessary,” Broden proclaimed.
And why should rebellion not be on the table?
Thomas Jefferson once said of Shay’s Rebellion, “The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. And what country can preserve its liberties, if it’s 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.” He went on to conclude, “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.”