From the European point of view... The whole idea of rebellion and revolting seems so old. It was part of an earlier, uglier world. The thing you should never have, is a war inside your own borders. That's bad, m'kay? Americans are luckly enough not to have had it happen in a long time. And that's good. My guess is, a real armed revolution in the US would set you back about 50 years and you would never ever regain the status of super power.
I might twist the saying to "Democracy is two wolves and a sheep discussing what's for dinner, in a welfare state the wolves are domesticated to puppies". Usually this is good. The problem is, two puppies and a sheep are defenseless when a bear enters the arena.