Live Free or Die
"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."
Article ten of the New Hampshire state constitution.
This puts in mind the Battle of Athens. The Battle of Athens is a recent (1946) and successful revolution on US soil. The "duly" elected local government gained and held its position through graft and corruption. The officials were in bed with a crime ring, and come election time, they conspired to steal the election. A group of suspicious WWII veterans, frustrated with the mismanagement and criminal behavior broke into the National Guard armory, stole weapons, and ended the unjust and criminal regime.
This happened here. There are plenty of folks still around that were alive when this happened. This isn't some remote historical curiosity. This occurred in the modern age. Anyone who considers the 2nd Amendment an anachronism- useless against tanks and fighter planes, really needs to consider this event. Anyone who thinks "it couldn't happen here," is equally mistaken.
I'd like to point out that these men broke into the National Guard armory. This is a wonderful counter to all those that think the 2nd Amendment is a collective right used to raise militias and not an individual right. The National Guard, the Federalized replacement for a citizen run militia, did nothing. Appeals to higher authorities had failed.
And in the end, as it always is, the real work was left to the regular joes.