<quoted text> It doesn't have to be a period. The comma works just fine. They were very careful how they worded things. Some debates went on for days over the exact wording they were going to use. Their ideas were to be as far from a king and monarchy as possible. This being ,at the time, the notion that the PEOPLE (not a militia) have the right to overthrow the government when/if they decide it no longer represents their interest.
The comma ties the two together. A period would not.
I don't even think its a proper use of a comma. Where's one of those English majors?