Here is a great post by Enola Gay. I think she really has some great thoughts this topic. However our Founders said from time to time the Tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of both tyrants and patriots.
Samuel Adams said, "It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather
an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in
the minds of men."
So I agree in part that the reformation or revolution, if you will, began in the minds of men first:
"What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the
revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution
was in the minds of the people, and this was effected from 1760–1775, in
the course of fifteen years, before a drop of blood was shed at
Lexington." (John Adams)
"No oppression was ever overthrown by a bunch of readers and
philosophers. Liberty is usually dirty and bloody work, and if we don't
have the option of providing our masters with a real fight, then they
will perennially call our wussy bluff." Quote from Boston T. Party's
Boston's Reply to Critics of "Molon Labe"
Paratus Familia Blog: Revolution or Reformation?