No government has lasted “forever”. Many evolve, as has ours, and ultimately become very different. Some have gone away suddenly, usually by violent means, by force of arms, will power and economics.
We’ve got a long way to go to equal the longevity of the Roman Empire, but many will argue that was a series of governments, very different governments, not just one.
Our government has also evolved and I dare say the Founding Fathers would be aghast at some of the legislated policies and practices that we’ve developed over the intervening centuries.
But the question is, if you’re caught up in the midst of some change and you have a suspicion it’s not going to go your way, what can you do to ensure that your vision, not that of someone else, will prevail?
That’s where “the boxes” apply: the soap box, the ballot box and, ultimately, the ammo box.
To be blunt, the latter is what the Second Amendment is about, and for.
The farmers and shopkeepers of 1776 understood. Wars end when the “cost” becomes too high as it did when the farmers of Massachusettes, over several years, evolved into the Continental Army that ultimately drove the British to capitulate and abandon their efforts, … when that cost becomes too high, one side gives up and the other wins.
It is an expensive venture, true, and a terrible one. But that is how it has always worked.
When the government of France, in times of great civil unrest, quit and “temporarily” granted all power to Napoleon to save the country, they lost everything. Saying one thing but doing another, Napoleon betrayed them and seized all power for himself alone. Emporer Napoleon.
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Don’t forget it.