Today we’re going to talk about regime change, and the concrete actions you can take to encourage it.
The very first thing I will say, for the safety and security of my esteemed readers, is that under no circumstances should you ever, ever do anything illegal, ever. Pinky swear. Thank you. And now, because I can imagine how hard it must be for my friends in the NSA, trawling potentially seditious blogs for something really juicy, only to come across something as banal as this – here’s a picture of a hot girl with a puppy to brighten your day:
But seriously, fellow dissidents: Don’t look for me on the front lines. I’m not marching on the capitol today. Not in this rain. I’m also not leaking information, developing crypto-currencies, organizing militias, or plotting any other sort of counter-revolutionary tomfoolery.
But for any of my readers who are, I will take a few hours out of a rainy afternoon to remind you that you’re not crazy, you’re not alone, and there are others alive who agree with what you’re doing. Then I will re-read Solzhenitsyn’s 1970 Nobel Lecture and convince myself that I am truly a Hero Of Our Time, rather than a grimy bum covered in dried liquor and club stamps, polluting Starbucks with his beer farts.
I’ll begin with that most well-worn tropes of rabble-rousing pamphleteers, the Declaration of Independence:
“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 effect 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. —Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”
Ignore the flowery twaddle about inalienable rights, and disregard the infantile disingenuousness of the grievances cited by the founding fathers. The rest of the document is a fine answer to the question of when good men are obligated to resist their governments. The founding documents, kids – they’re full of useful stuff like that!
The Constitution, for example, is so cool that every American military officer has sworn to defend it:
“I, [name], do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
Foreign and domestic, you say? How interesting. The men and women of the US armed forces are not robots. Their duty is not mindless obedience. And it seems to me that secret mass collection of private data is a clear violation of the 4th Amendment. Federal gun control laws are a clear violation of the 2nd. Attempting to justify Obamacare under the Commerce Clause (or as now, calling it a tax) is a demonstration of this administration’s bad faith. And that’s just from the front page of today’s paper.
We take Oaths seriously, here at Thumotic. I wonder if we’re not the only ones, because it doesn’t take a professor of constitutional law to recognize that the current President has disregarded his Oath. The only question remains: How long until the Officer Corps of the United States Armed Forces uphold theirs? Younger officers, note that these sorts of decisions are best taken by men well above your pay grade, but there are subtle ways to nudge your peers and commanding officers in a productive direction. Inquiring, doe-eyed, about the nature of your oath and the obligations it entails, is certainly not treason.
Enlisted men, your situation is a bit more ambiguous. You are sworn to serve three masters: The Constitution, the President, and the Officers appointed over you:
“I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
So what to do, when Mom says clean your room and Dad says go out and play? The oath does not provide a clarifying footnote, but here’s an obvious solution: In the event of a conflict between any two, use the third as a tiebreaker.
Militiamen, a word of caution: Know that there are many delusions floating around about the ability of “people power” to defy organized military campaigns. Don’t believe them. The US Government, united and determined, would crush you. You will only ever be a factor in the unfortunate and bloody case of a USG divided against itself.
Even then, your role will be as much psychological as military: Your willingness to defend yourselves, and die in the process, will test the stomachs of “loyal” factions. This will not guarantee victory. But at least you can force those who would reap the rewards of evil, to first unambiguously and unrepentantly embrace it.
Unarmed civilians with a flair for the dramatic, what role can you play? When is it good for men to pick up their brickbats, light some torches, and get together for some good old-fashioned dissolution of political bands? From a military perspective, placards and sit-ins appear to be an even match for the defanged and declawed weapons of the modern police state – sparsely-used riot shields, tear gas, fire hoses and so on. But the claws of the state, like Wolverine’s, pop back out when it gets nervous. Wear a helmet.
As for the rest of us, there are a wide variety of jobs to be done, for the able and the ambitious. But in one sense, living a righteous life while tending ones own garden, family and community, is the purest form of Reaction possible. Let the rotten waifs and wrecks clash and collide, as seems fit to them. But while the storms rage around us, commit yourself to these two duties: Live in Truth, as per Vaclav Havel:
“The original and most important sphere of activity, one that predetermines all the others, is simply an attempt to create and support the independent life of society as an articulated expression of living within the truth. In other words, serving truth consistently, purposefully, and articulately, and organizing this service. This is only natural, after all: if living within the truth is an elementary starting point for every attempt made by people to oppose the alienating pressure of the system, if it is the only meaningful basis of any independent act of political import, and if, ultimately, it is also the most intrinsic existential source of the “dissident” attitude, then it is difficult to imagine that even manifest “dissent” could have any other basis than the service of truth, the truthful life, and the attempt to make room for the genuine aims of life.”
And Live Not By Lies, with some guidance from Aleksander Solzhenitsyn:
“So in our timidity, let each of us make a choice: Whether consciously, to remain a servant of falsehood–of course, it is not out of inclination, but to feed one’s family, that one raises his children in the spirit of lies–or to shrug off the lies and become an honest man worthy of respect both by one’s children and contemporaries.
And from that day onward he:
Will not henceforth write, sign, or print in any way a single phrase which in his opinion distorts the truth.
Will utter such a phrase neither in private conversation not in the presence of many people, neither on his own behalf not at the prompting of someone else, either in the role of agitator, teacher, educator, not in a theatrical role.
Will not depict, foster or broadcast a single idea which he can only see is false or a distortion of the truth whether it be in painting, sculpture, photography, technical science, or music.
Will not cite out of context, either orally or written, a single quotation so as to please someone, to feather his own nest, to achieve success in his work, if he does not share completely the idea which is quoted, or if it does not accurately reflect the matter at issue.
Will not allow himself to be compelled to attend demonstrations or meetings if they are contrary to his desire or will, will neither take into hand not raise into the air a poster or slogan which he does not completely accept.
Will not raise his hand to vote for a proposal with which he does not sincerely sympathize, will vote neither openly nor secretly for a person whom he considers unworthy or of doubtful abilities.
Will not allow himself to be dragged to a meeting where there can be expected a forced or distorted discussion of a question.
Will immediately talk out of a meeting, session, lecture, performance or film showing if he hears a speaker tell lies, or purvey ideological nonsense or shameless propaganda.
Will not subscribe to or buy a newspaper or magazine in which information is distorted and primary facts are concealed.”
Anyone who doesn’t see the relevance of Soviet dissidents like Havel and Solzhenitsyn to America in 2013, underestimates the severity of our situation. The Cold War never ended. The free and unfree just switched jerseys. We, the citizens of the American Empire, are now the anti-traditional, Marxist empire, spreading revolution and desolation throughout the third world while rigor mortis sets in back home. Thanks Obama! But of course, our problems did not begin in 2008, and they cannot be solved by mere impeachment, or the election of Marco Rubio in 2016. America needs a complete system reboot, soon, and it needs men in uniform with the intelligence and foresight to start thinking about their role in it – right now.