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The right to revolution does not mean that it is right or good to overthrow any government for any cause. First and most obviously, it would be foolish and wrong to overthrow a government that was performing its proper duty--securing the rights of its citizens. That is true even if the government is not entirely based on the consent of the governed. Second, prudence--or sound judgment of particular circumstances-tells us that people should think long and hard before trying to overthrow any government, however evil. A revolution is a two-edged sword. It throws men back into the state of nature, where extreme passions will be released and violence may become uncontrolled. Like a dangerous drug, it may exacerbate the disease it is designed to cure.
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Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or. Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or. Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons , knowing the purposes thereof—. Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction. If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
Washington wrote over a period of months beginning with notes James Madison had prepared at the end of his first term. He also sought the advice of John Jay and Alexander Hamilton in formulating his message. In his address he urged citizens to cherish the Constitution as the best means of preserving their liberty. He reminded them that the document contains within itself the means for amendment, but that the Constitution as it exists at any given time must be respected as the supreme law of the land. The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is to be made.