I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. . . . It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government. –
Thomas Jefferson –Letter, 30 Jan. 1787, to statesman James Madison, speaking of Shays’ Rebellion
They say that Shay’s Rebellion was one of the primary drivers for moving away from the weak Articles of Confederation to the U.S. Constitution a couple of years later. Obviously Jefferson had some sympathies toward that rebellion. I don’t know much about that but I do agree with Jefferson that a little rebellion now and then is still a good thing even 200+ years later.
I think it is time for a third-party to come on the scene to shake up the current establishment inside the beltway of Washington. Our current two parties are just too entrenched in their separate ways to ever get along with each other anymore. It is time for a change. As Jefferson says a little medicine is necessary for sound health.
I am pinning my hopes on the Centrist Movement to eventually break the deadlocks that constantly occur between the current two groups of old men in our capital. Where I naively supported Mr. Obama with my time and money in 2008 hoping he would be that medicine but it seems we need a stronger dose that he has been able to provide. Let’s get rid of all the wing-nuts at the extremes of our political system so that eventually saner minds might be able to come on the scene.