The purpose of government is the promotion of the common good and the upholding of justice. Governments are required to actively participate in society to promote and ensure social justice and equity.
What are the People to do when good government goes bad?
When justice is violated, when all proper means of redressing this violation of justice are exhausted, and when there are no other means of redressing injustice, it is lawful to have recourse to armed force (or the backing of armed force), which is entirely different from violence, since it is not summoned to the service of caprice or of passions, (like violence), but of justice, law, and order.
Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends [i.e., the common good and justice], it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
The present condition of the United States Government (USG):
The USG is NOT promoting the common good and is NOT upholding justice (and hasn’t been for the past 30-50 years); has evinced a design to become destructive of both the common good and justice; and has now placed the People under a rule of absolute despotism – all proper means of redressing these grievances having now been exhausted.
The People have the Right to abolish the (de facto) USG because it has become destructive of the common good and justice, and because it evinces a design to reduce the People under a rule of absolute despotism…it is the People’s Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, to institute whatever form of (de jure) government they so desire, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
(A de jure government is one with a legal claim to sovereignty but does not possess it in fact. In our situation, this is the People’s newly formed government in waiting, which is backed by armed force, our legal claim being based upon the words of Declaration of Independence). A de facto government is one with no legal claim to sovereignty but possesses it in fact and exercises necessary force to make and enforce its laws. This is the current USG.)