What is the proper federal and state relationship? Is there a right of rebellion? How should protests be handled in a democracy on both sides? Who should own what weapons? How do we treat our veterans? These are among the questions where Shays Rebellion of 1786-7 helps clarify, or at least adds depth. Along the way, a bit of history about the rebellion that propelled the Constitution is discussed. Among the interesting notes: the rebellion was not confined to Massachusetts, and Shays was not the only leader.