against an overpowering, overspent, corrupt government......especially when it's in a democratic republic?
DH and I were on our way to work this morning discussing this and that and somehow the subject of overthrowing the government became part of the discussion. (This would be the part where the DHS, FBI, CIA and SS begin bugging my phones, hacking into my computer, and following me?)
Now we were just bantering back and forth when DH says that eventually this country is going to have a revolution. Our government spending is out of control, our freedom is being curbed, taxes are just getting higher. He said someday the people are going to fight back. I kept thinking "fight back against who?"
And there must be alternatives to a revolution, right?
We could vote these bastards out but unfortunately too many Americans don't vote and those who do are forced to choose between two parties, both of which if I might be frank here, SUCK.
Ok so how about refusing to pay taxes? Can't do that either considering our employers deduct that from our earnings. (And so you see folks, that's why a fair tax on consumption and not earnings is the ticket!)
How about peaceful marches and protests? Millions of people marching on the steps of state and federal capitals, demanding change.
What if none of those things works? Then what?
What if 50,000 men and women each armed with a copy of the Constitution stormed the capital in Washington DC demanding change? We're not talking about violent people here, we're talking about Americans who are sick and tired of their government being out of control. We're talking about Americans who believe the only way to keep their country a representative democracy, a country of, by and for the people as was intended by our forefathers, is to physically force our elected officials to get their shit together.
Remember these are people fighting FOR, not AGAINST the Constitution. I reminded DH that anyone attempting something like this must truly be on the side of freedom and liberty or they lose all credibility, with the people they represent and the people they are fighting.
You think that's going to work?
The President calls in the National Guard, that's what. And the National Guard hits the capitol with tear gas and rubber bullets in an effort to subdue these people. Many are subdued and carted off to jail and charged with any number of crimes that are sure to keep them incarcerated for a long time.
Revolutions aren't usually peaceful. They are usually violent. And it usually involves the people President's palace soldiers, they are men and women who defend our freedom from predators around the world. Would the government use these men and women against their own people?
Well the President could technically do it but not without Congressional approval.
The Posse Comitatus act states: Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
The Insurrection Act limits the powers of the federal government to use military for domestic law enforcement. However while these acts limit the powers, it doesn't disable them altogether. The Insurrection Act contains laws that limit Presidential power as much as possible and relying on state and local governments for initial response in the event of insurrection. The President could only intervene when there was no other course of action available.
There's your revolution. The federal government could and probably would use their own troops against the people. I have to wonder given that the revolt would be in favor of democracy and freedom, would our soldiers really obey orders and fire upon their own people?
I don't think so.
If it were thousands of people fighting against democracy, freedom, and all the good things we stand for, they might. But I don't see our soldiers shooting American citizens just because these citizens want to take back the government and make it what it was originally intended to be. Frankly if I were involved in a protest like that, I wouldn't take arms against my military. These are my American brothers and sisters who fight to keep our country free. No way am I fighting them, especially when we're both fighting for the same cause!
So how do you have a revolution?
The truth is if America ever does see another revolution and I am confident it will, long after I'm gone, it will be bloody and violent because there just won't be any alternative. I cringe at the thought of Americans having to take arms against each other--it would be our military which supports democracy and freedom against the general public which also supports it. The only reason the military would even be fighting (those who choose to) is because the elected officials in Congress will tell them to. They will tell our military that revolts against the government will ruin our freedom, economy, political structure, and our very way of life (they're only out to protect their corrupt way of life which includes power, wealth and status). The thing is, those American citizens willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of a revolution are doing that solely to protect and preserve the values that define America.
I for one value the freedoms we have, especially free speech. The Constitution protects it and makes it possible for me to be able to write what of such things as a revolution in this blog and not be arrested for it.
We just have to remember that in every corrupt country, it's not the people who make it bad, it's the leaders. The people have to unite against a corrupt and overpowering leadership. Our way of life is freedom and liberty, we live in a representative democracy, and I'd like to keep it that way.