the milita wasn't formed for the revolutionary war.
from pre-revolutionary times till post civil war, before the widespread use of fire brigades, emergency services, search and rescue..whom did you call when you needed organized and motivated men on short notice?
the militia was NEVER a "built in authorized rebel force". it was an organized military trained force, composed of regular people of a certain age. IF the government no longer followed the will of the people, it COULD BECOME a revolutionary force, because it was made up of the people.
the militia in the 2nd amendment "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
the people, acting as the militia, are here to enforce the security of a FREE STATE. with arms.
most milita groups are no longer "the people", they are secretive groups, with romanticized visions of "overthrowing the government". most milita groups are so enamored of what happened during the revolution that they forget what happened before and after. they forget the reasons the militia was formed at all.
we're back to community defense. because we must walk before we run.