In light of the arrest of six individuals in Michigan who are now charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, overthrow the state government, and establish some sort of constitutionally-based utopia, I thought it might be time for a little history lesson what the Founders thought about the right to resist tyranny and how best to go about it in a representative republic like the one they established.
Speaking as a gun owner who believes that the Second Amendment does actually serve as a check against government tyranny, I think it’s vitally important that we understand what the men who crafted the Constitution thought should and would happen if a tyrannical government ever took charge here. Thankfully, one of them told us in great detail how they believed Americans would respond.
During the debate over the ratification of the Constitution in 1788, James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton (writing under the pseudonym Publius) penned dozens of editorials and opinion pieces arguing in favor of adopting the document as a new framework of government for the United States and responding to objections from those opposed to ratification, known collectively as the Anti-Federalists.