Rebel, Revolutionary or Slave?

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” John F. Kennedy

When a parasitical government muzzles the citizenry, herds them, brands them, whips them into submission, forces them to ante up the sweat of their brow while giving them little in return and proves little to no outlet for voicing their discontent; once the people believe that the Constitutional system they love is in free fall, America becomes a pressure cooker without a steam valve.

Not that the government hasn’t anticipated and been preparing for such an uprising for years.

In 2008, a U.S. Army War College report warned that the military must be prepared for a “violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States,” which could be provoked by “unforeseen economic collapse, purposeful domestic resistance, pervasive public health emergencies or loss of functioning political and legal order,” all related to dissent and protests over America’s economic and political disarray.

A year later the Department of Homeland Security issued its infamous reports on Rightwing and Leftwing Extremism, defined as “anyone who subscribes to a particular political viewpoint, mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.”

Today, with all that has transpired, from the Occupy Protests, the riots, the targeting of parents by the FBI, to domestic surveillance of anyone who speaks out against the ruling elite, and most recently the great lock down, it seems clear that the government has not veered from its playbook. Indeed, the government’s full-blown campaign of surveillance of Americans’ internet activity, phone calls, etc., makes complete sense in hindsight.

We are living under the shadow of the NSA, the FBI, the CIA and other heavily armed government agencies who are being used by the current regime to frighten us into silence.  By allowing the government to disregard not only the laws but the very Constitution written to bind an overzealous government, the law has become a tool to punish those that oppose the ruling forces.  

This phenomenon is what philosopher Abraham Kaplan referred to as the law of the instrument, which essentially says that to a hammer, everything looks like a nail. In the scenario that has been playing out in recent years, we have become the nails to be hammered by the government’s henchmen, its guns for hire, aka its standing army, aka the nation’s law enforcement agencies.

Americans are tired, frustrated, anxious and worried about the state of their country, afraid of an increasingly violent and oppressive federal government, and the economic insecurity that grips the nation.  They are growing increasingly sick of being treated like suspects and criminals. As former law professor John Baker noted “there is no one in the U.S. over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime. That is not an exaggeration.”

We are no longer a Republic but a country where unelected bureaucrats, the wealthy elite, and special interest groups control the government.  So, when the average American, having lost all the conventional markers of influencing government, whether through elections, petitions, or protests, have no way to impact their government, no way to be heard, no assurance that their concerns are being represented where does that leave them?

“If a man can only obey and not disobey, he is a slave; if he can only disobey and not obey, he is a rebel. He acts out of anger, disappointment, resentment, yet not in the name of a conviction or a principle.”  Erich Fromm, “On Disobedience”

Armed Pencil Pushers; The Ever-Present Eye of the Government; Big Government Requires Big Lies; You Can Run but You Can’t Hide, Franklin County Patriots; The Bundy Paradigm, by John Whitehead, Rutherford Institute

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