Where's Thomas Jefferson now that we need his sage counsel?
Here's some of it:
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
Sort of puts it in perspective. Or, maybe this:
"If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
And to remember for the future, maybe a year or two down stream when the "Civilian Security Force" is breaking storefront windows on the main street in town then going house to house to confiscate your guns:
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
We would be wise to spend more time in our educational system reading some of the legacy of the Founders. We might be better able to make our voting decisions and less liable to be sucked in by a demagogue.