Several outraged reactions have been posted thus far to this piece discussing the vulnerability of government workers to political action by freedom-lovers.
Read all of the comments, but a few things need emphasis:
1) Oath-Keepers: I was an early supporter of this fine organization founded by Stewart Rhodes earlier this year, both in this space and elsewhere. Unlike many, I traveled (along with Mike Vanderboegh) to Lexington Green on April 19th, renewed my oath, and participated in the Oath-Keepers' truly inspiring event. I applaud every single Oath-Keeper's commitment to personal freedom, political liberty, and the restoration of the American Republic. I commend all Oath-Keepers for their unwavering commitment to The Ten Orders We Will Not Obey, and I will stand and fight besides the good men and women of that organization, do or die.
But remember Admiral Stockdale's Paradox?
“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – which you can never afford to lose – with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”
The most brutal facts of our current reality are as I posted in comment reply last night:
Re Oath Keepers:
Presumably, every Oath Keeper who is honest will acknowledge that:
a) they are paid via taxes collected through the threat of force from American citizens;
b) as such, they are, by definition, subordinate to the people that pay them, both by virtue of who is actually the productive party in the taxpayer/tax parasite relationship and by virtue of the guiding principles of the American Republic (see comment above);
c) all of the current and former oathtakers since 1916 or so have failed in their duty to defend the Constitution from domestic enemies such as Wilson, FDR, Truman, LBJ, Nixon, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, and the Kenyan, along with the respective Congresses from 1916 forward; and
d) they are well overdue in actually doing something (other than talking) about reversing that abysmal 93-year record of failure in actual, effective oath-keeping.
Re Anon and his point re target ID, amen. I do not truly believe that every .gov employee is my enemy.
But boys and girls, it is no-shit well past time for those men and women of good faith within government to start linking up with the Resistance and getting as much info and materiel out to the freedom team as possible. Every day that you folks sit on the sideline, the more each of you is tarred forever more with the indelible fecal smear of Comrades Soetero, Pelosi, and Reid.
Maybe I should have titled the essay "Collaborator, Quisling, or Undercover Operative? Time to Choose".
Know my rules?
1) The man or woman shooting besides me at the enemy is my friend;
2) The man or woman shooting AT me (or helping others shoot at me) is my enemy; and
3) Anyone not in groups 1 or 2 (unless they are feeding me information/materiel/other logistics support) is, at best, a high security risk.
Now, to be honest, in the light of day, I regret that reply.
More specifically, I regret that I left the philandering Jack Kennedy off the list of American Presidents who have successfully violated the Constitutional limits on their power, based upon his undeclared wars in Cuba at the Bay of Pigs and in a little place called Vietnam.
Everything else stands.
Note that I said nothing derogatory whatsoever about Stewart's organization.
What I did say is the simple and bitter truth -- that since 1916 straight through today, everyone who has taken an oath to protect and defend the United States Constitution and its express limitations on Federal power has failed completely in their oath-bound duty.
Anyone who doubts that painful fact need only look to today's Leviathan, comparing the scope and scale of the combined Federal/state/local apparatus to the minimalist structure mandated by the Constitution.
If you need any additional proof, run your copy of the fundamental human rights enshrined and "guaranteed" by the Bill of Rights against the everyday and unaccountable actions of Leviathan's agents everywhere across this country.
If you have the courage and the intellectual honesty to do so, you'll weep. I know I have, on multiple occasions.
I've wept for what has been lost, and I have also wept for how few men and women in today's America are willing to do what it will take to stop the totalitarian bastards who continue, even as I write, to use all of their energy and all of their power to eradicate the country and the principles in and by which I was raised.
So what to do when you get knocked on your tail?
You get up and do whatever it takes, by any means necessary, to
- stop the enemy, including his allies, accomplices, collaborators, and Quislings;
- reverse his gains;
- destroy his fighting ability; and
- hold any surviving enemy forces fully accountable for their actions.
So, my fellow oathtakers and Oath-Keepers, let's get busy. We've got 93 years of defeats to avenge.
2) Fundamental Principles: The next part of my comments was inspired by the late Bill Hicks, a brilliant comic who performed, flamed out, and died in the Nineties. His advice to marketers and advertisers in the following video segment is my advice to every government worker, be it at the Federal, state, local, or tribal level, who does not understand the following basic principles:
a) You live off the tax dollars stolen by force from every productive non-government worker, business owner, and saver in this country; and
b) As a government worker in the American system, you are, by definition, subordinate to your true bosses -- the taxpaying non-governmental American citizen. As long as you remain as a government worker -- from new hire, all the way up to President of the United States -- you remain, regardless of rank or job description, subordinate to every single taxpaying non-governmental American citizen.
I know that there are many (most?) government workers who understand, accept, and even celebrate these fundamental principles of the dying American Republic. For those of you in the audience who do not, I commend to you the same actions as Bill Hicks suggests for marketers and advertisers in this video clip (caution: harsh language):
Really -- I am not kidding. Do it now.
And you're welcome for the advice.
3) "Terrorist Organization": A commenter called the essay "a sure fire recipe for failure for your "freedom team" since it will be considered a terrorist org. by anyone except radical Atlas Shrugs toting anarchists."
Well, chiefie, everyone's entitled to his opinion. My opinion is that everyone who comes to this site is already pinged for special treatment as a thoughtcriminal. Rather than deal with that fact and acting accordingly, you and your ilk are wasting precious time trying to figure out how to be nice to statists so that they won't hurt you.
Guess what? Leviathan will eat you too.
And besides, I'll bet you haven't even read Atlas Shrugged. You should -- it might clean some of the mush from your skull.