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Widespread Noncompliance: Americans' Best Nonviolent Recourse Against Government Tyranny

Voting has become a futile avenue for political change in the United States. In the two-party duopoly that exists today, only candidates that support the current agenda are allowed to adorn the moniker of Republican or Democrat on ballots across the nation. In effect, the U.S. currently has a one-party system. With the potency and prevalence of modern propaganda, the voting public can be easily convinced to dismiss any voices that deviate from the intended storyline. Participation in third party movements is quickly labeled as a waste of time by mainstream political pundits. Furthermore, electronic voting has cast suspicion on the results of modern elections leaving many voters weary of the process. It’s not surprising that the error involved in electronic vote counting is higher than the error associated with hand counting in the past. This should be in reverse. Voting has become a meaningless endeavor in the U.S. What is a person to do?

When authority becomes overbearing and there is no possibility of legal recourse for the oppressed, widespread noncompliance is the most suitable alternative. Populations are conditioned to fear punishment by the state because methods of punishment are ineffective otherwise. If everyone perceived the local jail to be a fun place, jailing would no longer be a suitable deterrent for undesired behavior in that particular location. People would do what they wished without fear. In such a circumstance, the state may make penalties harsher, but there is a practical limit on how harsh they can be made – especially when large portions of the population are involved in ignoring particular laws. For example, instituting the death penalty for drug use would never be seriously considered and would only lead to greater public displeasure with the state. Laws become null when the public at large refuses to obey them. Besides, jail provides a warm place to sleep and three meals a day.

On another front, it is clear that economic interests steer U.S. foreign policy. Readers are encouraged to check out the short 15-page booklet – War is a Racket – written by the most decorated marine in our nation’s history, Major General Smedley Butler. The types of special interests that influenced militarism in Smedley Butler’s day still do so today. Currently, the war in Afghanistan is being driven by the opium trade and the sizeable lithium deposits located there which are a very mouthwatering resource to the power brokers of a society that drives all of its mobile technology with rechargeable lithium batteries. However, there is one necessary ingredient that is needed to execute all types of warfare – manpower. The number of soldiers needed can be limited through improvements in technology, but war still requires a lot of human capital. If the youth were discouraged from enlistment and soldiers that have come to disagree with imperialistic military policy would refuse to continue fighting unconstitutional wars, a huge blow would be delivered to the U.S. Military Industrial Complex. What would happen if Big Brother called for war but no one showed up? A draft would certainly cause widespread dismay.

If concerned citizens recognize the ever growing police state in the U.S., it is those folks' responsibility to do everything within their power to stand up for liberty. There are no political solutions to be sought out in present times that involve voting or completely remaining within the imaginary bounds of the law. Over the years, the policy of the central government has been to appease certain groups with its right hand all the while continuing with whatever actions they can manage to get away with using the left hand. It turns out that they’ve been able to get away with quite a bit. It’s time the People are heard. With a ~90% Congressional disapproval rating, it is apparent that it is time for the Sleeping Giant to once again wake up and show its resolve.

It’s time for us to be noncompliant with laws and orders from our government that overstep the limits imposed on it by the founding documents of our nation. It is our duty as citizens to uphold and preserve the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The politicians have abandoned this post. It’s time for the People to give up their fear of the United States Central Government and once again live as free Americans.

A few words from Thomas Jefferson:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Big Brother – There are many of us that intend to be free. The evils are becoming insufferable. Continuing to dial up the tyranny and taking more of our money to finance it will only increase our numbers. It would be wise to end the unconstitutional wars being waged on our people and people abroad and begin paying the debt. It is only a matter of time until critical mass is reached. The situation can still be repaired with your cooperation. Please admit your failures and shortcomings and try to make amends. All of your actions will lead to predictable long-term consequences for the Republic. Please consider these consequences when you act. There are more tools available than just hammers. When one nation is responsible for 90% of murders that occur in the world, it is pretty easy to take actions that would reduce the kill rate by 90%. Quit killing other people in the name of the citizens of the United States. Your government represents K Street – not us. You are losing the consent of the governed. You know it, and We know it. If you are interested in maintaining a free society, you share in the responsibility of righting the ship. If instead you are interested in totalitarian rule… We will win. I can only hope that you do not consider genocide as a possible final solution. Even in that case, you would find that our ideas would still – ultimately – win. The People will be free.


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No-ing Deep Down

Jumping off the No-ledge is a deliberate matter of personal courage.

To be driven by concerted action is for lemmings.

Sure, you can claim "exempt" on your W-4 and your employer...

will stop taking taxes out of your check immediately. However, if enough people do it, Obama will issue an executive order for penalties even worse than they are now and get some corrupt federal official, judge or law enforcement, to enact it immediately.

Remember that decorated officer who refused orders to Afghanistan because of his doubts of his commander-in-chief's "natural born citizenship"? The court-marshal refused to allow ANY evidence regarding Obama's eligibility, even though the MILITARY TIMES had reported "Senator Obama" was "born in Kenya" several years earlier(!)

Remember the planned non-violent protest of the TSA by demonstrations at airports across the country. The government threatened imprisonment and huge fines for participants, and the protest evaporated.

Non-violent protests only work when governments: 1) are run by the appearance, at least, of the "rule of law" 2) be certain of retaliation of "outside interests".

I wouldn't even consider participating in a "non-violent protest" in this country at this time without openly carrying a firearm, preferably a 12 gauge shotgun; even then, I would hope their would be "outside interests" with sniper rifles watching for possible law enforcement snipers on the rooftops or armed drones.

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bump. +1

You were all over this one dwalters

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

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Thoreau's main point is that the best - and many times, the only - method for fighting injustice is through passive disobedience. By refusing to cooperate with the machinery of injustice, the individual can become the friction that stops the machine. Active resistance is bound for failure, as the machine (the State, society, etc.) is too formidable for the individual to fight. But, by refusing to cooperate, justice can be achieved and injustice toppled.

Chris Indeedski!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

Life w/out Principles

Or go to the Thoreau Reader and read it free online, along with all of his other works too.

Civil Disobedience - Thoreau's influential 1849 essay on following your own conscience.
Originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government"

I also highly recommend what I consider to be the sister essay to Civil Disobedience...

Life Without Principle - In 1854, Thoreau railed against a culture whose primary focus is financial.


Fancy Shmancy Fine Print:

show me

"It’s not surprising that the error involved in electronic vote counting is higher than the error associated with hand counting in the past."

I'm not defending the machines, though I would like to see the proof of known counting error. What percentage error is typical and documented? Is this in the vendor manuals? Do the people who specify the machines for each state include this error percentage in the specifications?


You haven't watched "Hacking Democracy"


On the other hand, just

On the other hand, just because something is possible does not automatically make it so. Do you agree?

I couldn't remember the original source but here is another...

"Mansky said humans are much better than machines when it comes to determining whom a voter intended to support. But, he said machines are far superior when it comes to actually counting up the votes."

To be fair, a portion of the discrepancy is likely due to voters incorrectly filling out ballots (not filling in ovals dark enough and the like). No one has ever been allowed to publicly scrutinize the code used in the counting programs. So, there is no way to tell how much the programming attributes to the error in tallying which candidate received which votes.

Withdraw consent from the system, be creative in self-governance

And while trying to present society with one improved unit, i.e. yourself, kindly leave the system* to "We, the Sheeple".

Kind regs from / Amsterdam /,


* (Peter robbing Paul by govt proxy)

yeah, recently I have come to

yeah, recently I have come to conclusion that wide spread non-compliance is the only solution to our problems - they will not be fixed by legislation.

some examples:
- tax-resistance
- refusing to obey orders/mandates
- withdrawal from the banking system


the only problem is that these solutions will only work if there is a sufficient number of people who commit to them otherwise the aggressors will be able to imprison/kill us.

this is why I believe Ron Paul thinks that education is the most important aspect to achieving liberty without which none of the above would be possible.

"My theories explain, but cannot slow the decline of a great civilization. I set out to be a reformer, but only became the historian of decline."
- Ludwig Von Mises

I prefer the term "self governance."

Or monarchy, as long as I am queen. (It would not be so bad, I really don't want to rule you. My first and only act as Queen would be to make all of you kings and queens of your own life, then get on about my self-governing.)

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Wrong... this is what 3rd parties want you to believe...

Wrong... this is what 3rd parties want you to believe...

"In the two-party duopoly that exists today, only candidates that support the current agenda are allowed to adorn the moniker of Republican or Democrat on ballots across the nation. "

This is NOT true.

What is true is that good people can never (only rarely if ever) be elected via a 3rd party.

Whereas if they would join the Republican Party (as Ron Paul asked us to do) we could all have a chance to run and actually win elections.


Just like RP won the

Just like RP won the Republican nomination.....?

faulty logic

The only way you will win elections is if either you change your tune to what they want to hear, or if you change their hearts to embrace liberty. I assume you don't want the former, since that means abandoning your principles, so that leaves changing their hearts. If you change their hearts, they will vote for your regardless of whether you are in the Republican party. So there seems to be no reason to join the Republican party.

But they won't listen to me unless I am in the Republican party, you may say. But the independents and Democrats will not listen to you if you ARE in the Republican party. We need to change their hearts as well. It seems best not to be associated with any party, then.

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." - Khalil Gibran
"The Perfect Man has no self; the Holy Man has no merit; the Sage has no fame." - Chuang Tzu

AND twirl signs at rally's.

AND twirl signs at rally's. Worked real well this election.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good things is my religion. Thomas Paine, Godfather of the American Revolution

Right on!


What would the Founders do?

Be kind...

I do it all the time everyday

Use your imagination. Its not that hard.

Many have no imagination...

They often only know how to imitate or follow... sheeple!

When Fascism goes to sleep, it checks under the bed for Ron Paul!

I don't understand

What provoking the small gang of thugs and letting them beat me up will do for me? If you don't comply, at least have the common sense to defend yourself against violence.

I agree with you

And have multiple blog posts stating precisely this. But people WILL NOT DO ANYTHING, period. They want their freedom handed to them without sacrificing the graft that big government steals from one, to hand over to them...

People won't even walkout on the Inauguration Day of Obama... They just want to biotch until it's over... They want the right to complain, and think that was enough. That's why nobody will care until the internet or God forbid television will be cutoff. THEN they would be in the streets, but by then it'd be too late! I'm through trying to save people from themselves... You want tyranny... BRING IT ON!

We will have a Revolution in this country, whether we want it or not!