Right? We live in a nation founded by dudes who noticed that governments reliably grow corrupt. Who recognized that they have a stage of life in which they routinely turn from serving the Common Good to feeding on the people they were created to serve.
We live in a nation founded by dudes who recognized that the people have an inalienable right—even a duty—to overthrow their governments when they reach that state of terminal dis-ease.
We live in a nation founded by dudes who saw that the most expedient way to do so was to say, “No taxation without representation!” and mean it, even at the cost of their lives.
We live in a nation founded by dudes who lived out the wild notion that the people could cooperate to establish more just and elegant systems of Self-governance as needed.
Yet we mostly sit here saying we don’t know what to do now. Or worse yet, that there is nothing we can do…
The fact that these dudes were themselves slaveholders, murderers of First Nations folk and lifeways and (mostly) male supremacists does not necessarily mean that they were wrong about EVERYTHING, does it?
Or that we should imagine we are honoring their sincere and courageous, if naturally limited, efforts by pretending that we are powerless to understand or change our current situation.