Widespread Noncompliance: Americans' Best Nonviolent Recourse Against Government TyrannySubmitted by dwalters on Tue, 11/13/2012 - 18:15
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.
War is a Racket by Smedley Butler (available in several formats) - http://archive.org/details/WarIsARacket