“The people MAY and of right OUGHT TO…”
This surprising article encourages — no, obliges — NH citizens to revolt (under certain circumstances)!
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Article 10. [Right of Revolution.]
Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.
2 June, 1784
John Tobin’s op-ed piece, “The capital gains proposal and the NH Constitution” (SeacoastOnline.com, 8 Feb. 2015) inspired me to draw this article (and many others). Tobin asserts:
…if one takes a few minutes to read the first twelve articles of the NH Constitution — most of them are very short — one will quickly see that its core principle is that our government is a “social contract,” with all of us as citizens having mutual rights and shared responsibilities.
I’ve noticed if you suggest people read “the constitution,” they tend to roll their eyes (or just nod politely). But if you show them a COMICS version of that same constitution, their eyes go to work, and they can understand the document better!