The incumbents are all subordinated to the law, and the incumbent regime is fraught with evidence that they have a propensity for tyranny.
"THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods, and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.
Thomas Paine, The Crisis No. I (written 19 December 1776, published 23 December 1776)
We are in yet another great struggle as a nation to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. It is ours to keep, the citizens to whom elected representatives are beholden.
Reflecting on Thomas Paine