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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cannibalism, Justified Resistance, and What Happens After 'Fort Sumter'

21 months ago, I posted this link from The Everlasting Phelps, along with this excerpt from Phelps' piece:

I am almost physically ill with the dread I am feeling right now. I’ve said before that I have thought about armed revolution before. It is something that I think everyone who considers himself a patriot has to think about ahead of time. You might think about it and say “never”, but you need to think about it.

I am reminded of the cannibal paradox. The paradox is that there are a lot of people in starvation scenarios who turn to cannibalism and starve anyways. They starve because the cannibalism taboo is so strong that they wait too long and are past the point of no return before they do what they need to survive. There is [also] a point of no return when it comes to revolution.


Since that post, the statist Democrats have been able to hold and grow their control of both Federal legislative houses, while simultaneously electing the nation's first Socialist President. That President is in the process of completing his executive branch appointments, all of whom are cut from his own elitist, power-aggrandizing cloth. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has released two "intelligence reports" labeling Constitutionalists and veterans as potential "extremists", while her domestic security mechanism grows like Topsy:

As part of the new ever-more-centralized-and-powerful Federal government, the President plans to name one of his old friends, Professor Cass Sunstein, to head the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. A noted academic, Professor Sunstein believes that the Internet

- is creating political ignorance through its abundance of content choices,

- requires an updated "Fairness Doctrine" to counter partisan blogging, and

- should have a "cooling-off period" imposed on its users to encourage "civility".

Don't believe me -- go and read this article.

And, lest we forget, there are the President's actions in the economic arena that, if attempted by anyone other than the country's first black President, would have led to Congressional investigations, if not actual impeachment.

So what?

Here's the fundamental problem. Section 2 of Article II of the US Constitution lists the only powers held by the President:

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.


Section 8 of Article I similarly lists the only powers held by Congress:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;--And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.


Having read the complete lists of authorized acts for both the President and the Congress, is there anyone in the audience who wants to argue that we still live under the government envisioned by the Founders and the ratifying generation?

Anyone?

Bueller?

Hearing nothing, let me ask you this: what are the obligations of a citizen, who has sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, when confronted with the question and answer above?

What does it mean to "protect and defend" something that successive generations of Presidents, executive branch appointees, Congresscritters, and Federal judges have robbed, beaten, raped, and finally dumped, bleeding from every orifice, into a roadside ditch to die?

Is there not a duty to first say, "Enough - no more!"?

But what then?

What is the duty of that hypothetical oath-bound citizen when Leviathan merely laughs, while looking for its next target to savage?

Most freedom-loving Americans are somewhere thrashing through the personal thinking-and-action-path that will be created if Leviathan starts to actively squash dissent, seize arms and ammunition, and similar trigger points.

But what happens if Leviathan is too smart to fall into the Waco II trap?

What if Leviathan and its minions simply say, "We won, and you voted for me"?

What if Leviathan simply imposes confiscatory taxes, bankrupts the nation's finances, seizes private property to "help deal with the economic crisis", increases domestic intelligence gathering and surveillance, and doubles-down on the bet that Jeff Snyder called it right in "Walter Mitty's Second Amendment"?

Read this passage from Snyder, and honestly ask yourself whether American society has become more freedom-oriented or more slavery-oriented since Snyder's essay was first published in 1997:

...The people could have their guns. What did the rulers care? They already possessed the complete obedience that they required.

In fact, in their more Machiavellian moments, the rulers could be heard to admit that permitting the people the right to keep and bear arms was a marvelous tool of social control, for it provided the people with the illusion of freedom.

The people, among the most highly regulated on earth, told themselves that they were free because they retained the means of revolt. Just in case things ever got really bad. No one, however, seemed to have too clear an idea what "really bad" really meant. The people accepted the fact that their government no longer even remotely resembled the plan set forth in their original constitution. And the people's values no longer remotely resembled those of their Founding Forebears. The people, in their naiveté, really believed that the means of revolt were to be found in a piece of inanimate metal! Really it was laughable. And pathetic.

No, the rulers knew that the people could safely be trusted with arms. The government educated their children, provided for their retirement in old age, bequeathed assistance if they lost their jobs, mandated that they receive health care, and even doled out food and shelter if they were poor.

The government was the very air the people breathed from childhood to the grave. Few could imagine, let alone desire, any other kind of world.

To the extent that the people paid any attention to their system of government, the great mass spent their days simply clamoring for more or better "programs", more "rational" regulations, in short, more of the same. The only thing that really upset them was waste, fraud, or abuse of the existing programs. Such shenanigans brought forth vehement protests demanding that the government provide their services more efficiently, dammit! The nation's stirring national anthem, adopted long ago by men who fought for their liberty, ended by posng a question, in hopes of keeping the spirit of liberty alive.

Did the flag still fly, it asked, over the land of the free?


Vanderboegh is right when he urges that American freedom fighters should avoid giving the Obamites the "Fort Sumter" provocation that will be used to imposed draconian measures such as martial law, random "gun safety" roadblocks, weapons confiscations, and other outrages.

But just like the taboo against cannibalism, each individual needs to weigh the benefits of avoiding anti-government provocations against the risk of being too weak (both psychologically and militarily) for any post-taboo actions to succeed. Moreover, if the oath to protect and defend the Constitution is to be meaningful, each citizen bound by that oath must both acknowledge and discharge the duty of action (remember, "protect" and "defend" are both action verbs, as we used to learn in grammar school) created when the Constitutional form of government is violated.

For in the end, there is no chain of command for American freedom fighters. The lack of centralized command-and-control mechanisms that insulate leaderless insurrections from many conventional military tactics also leaves the "launch order" as a matter of individual (or small group) discretion.

Choose wisely.

And remember, if a provocation is needed by Leviathan to advance its objectives, and judicious American gun owners refuse to supply one, one will be provided, courtesy of your tax dollars.

And thus we will plunged, even after acting with reason and prudence, into the post-Sumter world.

Make ready.

17 Comments:

Blogger Brock Townsend said...

"Make Ready For The Post-Sumter World"

I am, and passed on.

May 12, 2009 at 5:23 AM  
Blogger Jay21 said...

Great writing, I will need to re-read, re-think, and adjust as needed. Thanks for providing me with another a-ha moment to define my personal codes and goals.

Jason
III

May 12, 2009 at 5:53 AM  
Blogger chris horton said...

I missed this one from before. Great post CA!

CIII

May 12, 2009 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

What then, if anything, is to be done? Damned if we do, and damned if we don't. If this is all we can do, wobble between heaven and hell, then the contest is already won by the opposition. Instead, what's needed is DECISIVE action, organization, planning,training, and execution. And not one, but many talented leaders. And the discipline to follow, as well as lead. We don't need stars, but X's and O's. Kimba and his lackeys would not be so stupid as to deliberately do something that would ignite and unite many against them. That old soft shoe is still working great. Remember Mel Gibson saying he was going to go pick a fight? His "fellow patriots" were seriously discussing "doing a deal", or leaving because they "weren't fighting for these bastards", or "home, the English are too many". People are indeed, stirred up already, but as long as we sit in our comfortable concentration camp, and allow the wolves to pick up who they may, at the edge of the flock, or wherever, it's going to go their way, and keep going their way, because all we ever did was TALK.

May 12, 2009 at 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like it or not, all attempts at 'discussion' are coming to a close. Govco is seeing to that. We are not the ones closing that door. By acting in an agressive fashion to remove Liberties and subvert the Constitution, govco is the one slamming the door shut on discussion.

A 'Fort Sumpter', likely started by govco, yet blamed on 'domestic terrorists' is in the offing. Govco needs only the smallest of excuses at this point to convince the sheep that it is operating for their own good. Little do the sheep know that they too, are in line for the slaughterhouse...

Forcing a wolverine into a corner? Yes, govco, what do you expect it to do?

There won't be 'a' Waco II, there will be many if govco continues down this road.

tick-tock

Das Katz

May 12, 2009 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger The Other Mike S. said...

Great post, sir.

May 12, 2009 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

The first socialist president was FDR.

May 12, 2009 at 7:00 PM  
Anonymous Doc Enigma said...

'ssssssk'.....'sssssssssk'.......'sssssssssk'..........'sssssssssk'

Just the sound of a combat knife having its edge touched up as I read...for who knows when next I'll be able to whet its wonderfully made steel?

May 12, 2009 at 7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darned financial bloggers are at it again.

From Karl Denninger:

http://market-ticker.denninger.net/archives/1033-Holding-GM-Debt-Gubbermint-Is-Robbing-You!.html

Ben

May 12, 2009 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger ReverendFranz said...

Excellent writing sir.

Remember, wars arent fought only with guns.

as i said the other day on Smallest Minority:

There's more to fighting a civil war than having a rifle and the indignation to use it. There are supply lines, manufacturing, food production, alliances, coordination, boatloads of capital, and you have to even to go so far as actually supporting, economically, whatever group of the majority of non combatants you claim to be representing with that rifle, or they will very quickly turn on you. If chaos ensues, it is very often the group that promises stability, not moral superiority, that is granted power. The reality is that you dont get to win because you are right, you have to also be profitable.

The more important revolution, in my opinion, is the revolution of market forces that offers that stability and resiliency independently of the rifle-fire, no matter if it comes before or after it. I think this revolution is already underway, as monopolies of power are already being broken.

The internet is a great example of a black swan who's arrival revolutionized the corporate/state monopoly on information and opinion, and most recently killed off a good number of the former's newspapers. An earlier example was the innovation of highway and inexpensive personal transportation which shattered the railroad baron monopoly.

There are only a few other such monopolies of power, and when they are gone, the economics of drastically reforming an unjust state are drastically simpler, and the amount of direct support that unjust state receives, will be much much smaller.

The two to focus on are the Production of Energy, and the Production of Money, though the Monopoly on Space might need to be addressed soon after. After that, how many people would even rely on a huge ruling state, let alone oppose its replacement with something resembling order?

And of course, wars are also fought with words, and ideas, most of all and i thank you for your contributions.

Libertas Quae Sera Tame

May 12, 2009 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Respectabiggle said...

What's being done to Chrysler's bond holders scares me much more than HR45 or any other Second Amendment threat.


If they can do that, what can't they do?

May 12, 2009 at 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Gregg said...

Thank you for acknowledging the point I have been trying to make. There will be a Fort Sumter whether we provide one or not. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if the original Ft Sumter had been a set up.

May 13, 2009 at 9:03 AM  
Anonymous HPL said...

They will either blink, and wait, giving us a chance to clean up our states or they will, in their arrogance, overstep and rouse the anger of a large section of the population.

Their insult to all veterans is still like salt in the wound, and that sting will not go away.

Good! Let them continue to insult, denigrate, smear, and thumb their noses at veterans.

Every time they do it, I get down on my knees and thank God for the stupidity of my enemies.

IF they cool out and try to do it the slow boil way, fine. That gives us time to clean up our own backyards and get our houses in order.

What's that old saying? Sweep your own porch and before you know it, the world is clean. Start with our mayors, police chiefs, and sheriffs (make sure they read Sheriff Mack's book) and then elect good judges who know the Constitution - get to know our neighbors, form strong local bonds, start volunteer fire departments, neighborhood watches, and mutual aid associations. Then once the county is good to go, work on the state legislature and on getting a governor who has brains and balls (or ovaries).

And then start using the doctrines of interposition and nullification. Heck, some states, like Montana and Oklahoma, are nearly there now!

That will all take time. Will we have that much time? I don't know. But if we don't, then I think it will be because they overstep and miscalculate, just like their little slap at veterans blew up in their faces.

And I disagree with the dismal assessment of our spirit you quoted. I think there is a large subsection of Americans who are far more freedom minded and unwilling to give ground than back in the 90s. They have had enough, have drawn some serious lines in the sand, and will stand and fight when the day comes. And yes, they remember their oaths. Count on it.

May 13, 2009 at 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Vanderboegh said...

Of all the comments above, I agree most with this one:

"HPL has left a new comment on your post 'Cannibalism, Justified Resistance, and What Happen...':

They will either blink, and wait, giving us a chance to clean up our states or they will, in their arrogance, overstep and rouse the anger of a large section of the population.

Their insult to all veterans is still like salt in the wound, and that sting will not go away.

Good! Let them continue to insult, denigrate, smear, and thumb their noses at veterans.

Every time they do it, I get down on my knees and thank God for the stupidity of my enemies.

IF they cool out and try to do it the slow boil way, fine. That gives us time to clean up our own backyards and get our houses in order.

What's that old saying? Sweep your own porch and before you know it, the world is clean. Start with our mayors, police chiefs, and sheriffs (make sure they read Sheriff Mack's book) and then elect good judges who know the Constitution - get to know our neighbors, form strong local bonds, start volunteer fire departments, neighborhood watches, and mutual aid associations. Then once the county is good to go, work on the state legislature and on getting a governor who has brains and balls (or ovaries).

And then start using the doctrines of interposition and nullification. Heck, some states, like Montana and Oklahoma, are nearly there now!

That will all take time. Will we have that much time? I don't know. But if we don't, then I think it will be because they overstep and miscalculate, just like their little slap at veterans blew up in their faces.

And I disagree with the dismal assessment of our spirit you quoted. I think there is a large subsection of Americans who are far more freedom minded and unwilling to give ground than back in the 90s. They have had enough, have drawn some serious lines in the sand, and will stand and fight when the day comes. And yes, they remember their oaths. Count on it."

If you want to do something NOW, go throw a brick through a window. Remind them of what lies beyond mere vandalism.

If you want to do something NOW, train.

If you want to do something NOW, cache.

If you want to do something NOW, build Oath-Keepers.

No. Fort. Sumters.

This does not mean that there won't be a Reichstag fire. Did I say "No Reichstag fires"? No, because this is beyond our control. The things you can do to minimize the possibility of a Reichstag fire are delineated above. Brick, train, cache, build Oath-Keepers.

NO.

FORT.

SUMTERS.

Why do folks always take counsel of their fears, minimize their own strengths, exaggerate their own weaknesses? This I do not understand.

Why are we not taking every opportunity to remind our would-be oppressors of THEIR weaknesses? Of OUR strengths? Why do we not force them to take counsel of THEIR fears?

Mike Vanderboegh

May 13, 2009 at 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Start with our mayors, police chiefs, and sheriffs (make sure they read Sheriff Mack's book) and then elect good judges who know the Constitution
Go ahead, run right back into that burning barn and pretend all over again that electoral politics expands liberty. Insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting a different result. If you want to do something NOW, learn about why this doesn't work and seek to avoid repeating these mistakes in the future. Here are some starting points:

http://www.lysanderspooner.org/notreason.htmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_calculation_problemhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_trianglehttp://catb.org/esr/writings/anarchist.htmlhttp://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/20TH.HTMand you have to even to go so far as actually supporting, economically, whatever group of the majority of non combatants you claim to be representing
This is Communism, and IT DOESN'T WORK.

May 14, 2009 at 4:30 AM  
Anonymous Brad Spangler said...

While the RKBA is absolutely crucial, it's not enough by itself because it doesn't answer the question mentioned in the article for the post-Constitutional aftermath -- "But what then?"

Neither guns nor the Constitution can provide either the will to resist or the revolutionary theory adequate to restrain and channel insurgency away from terroristic acts that undermine popular support for revolution.

The prospective Constitutionalist revolutionary of the 21st century must, therefore, first ideologically confront the failure of Constitutionalism -- in order to survey the intellectual landscape and seize upon that which comes after Constitutionalism, addressing its failures but holding true to the same Classical Liberal principles that inspired the US Founders.

That answer is out there, and those who will not take up the challenge of its advocacy despite mere social ostracism will never stand and fight either. That answer is anarchism, and specifically individualist anarchism.

Those who see themselves first and foremost as "patriots" more loyal to the idea of what America is supposed to be *about* than the American government should start educating themselves and preparing to serve as zealous advocates of a stateless society, a vision that unites the best elements of the radical "right" and "left" for the cause of Liberty.

The following classic essay is a good place for the patriot to start -- "Anarchism and American Traditions" by Voltairine de Cleyre: http://praxeology.net/VC-AAT.htm

May 14, 2009 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger GT said...

You're barking up the wrong tree - as completely as it is possible to d oso.

Why seek a 'Fort Sumter' direct confrontation with a mased force of government's armed thugs? Why not simply target specific elements of the tyranny machine - not as McVeigh did, but as Jim Bell suggested in "Assassination Politics": that is, in a highly targetted way, with an information campaign to encourage other State thugs to think about whether they will be next.

Those who quote Spooner must be aware that you advocate akrateia (the absence of state force); as Spooner pointed out, ANY form of government assumes that we are government's slaves - and that our children yett unborn are the property (de facto if not de jure) of the State.

Read "A Declaration of Separation" - either on my blog or on the blog of Free and Unashamed.

Then join FreeNet and start taking the fight to the slave-owners.

Cheers


GT

May 15, 2009 at 5:04 AM  

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