Suppose I said to you “Let’s get 10-30 million people to go down to Washington DC and force Barack Obama out of office!” What would you say? Might sound like a great idea at first, until you realize that I lack the capacity to organize millions of people to travel to the nation’s capitol on a workday. Especially when I predict people will wind up dead and in prison, it’s not exactly the most appealing thing for people to hire babysitters for.
Let’s make matters worse. Let’s insert religion into the issue, and try to reclaim America as a “Christian nation”. While we’re trying to create a religious government, let’s pretend this is about a Constitution that specifically forbids such a thing. Let’s pretend that “securing borders” has some historical precedent for increasing freedom.
When that fails to accumulate more than 30k Facebook likes, let’s go ahead and do it anyway, imagining that tens of millions of people are going to travel across the country, when less than 30k would even bother to hit “Like” on Facebook. When a couple hundred of us show up to remove the most powerful man on the planet from office by force, let’s just turn around when a few capitol police tell us we need to be behind a barrier. From behind that barrier, let’s call for blood, and blame this failure on the people who had the good sense to stay home that day.
If this sounds like a complete failure to you, then you’re a lot smarter than Harry Riley, the organizer of the event. Organizer might be putting it strongly, actually. Let’s just call him the right wing religious zealot who created a Facebook page.
I regret to inform Harry, and his supporters, that the republic is a god damn fairy tale, just like Jesus. It began with a central bank and slavery. Shortly after, a rebellion was brutally suppressed. Not long after that, there were the Alien & Sedition acts. Just a few more tyrants down the road, you had a civil war, full blown fiat currency, conscription, and a collection of unbelievably tyrannical acts too long for me to list in the limited time I have to write this article.
If you think removing Barack Obama from office is going to do anything to stop a centuries long train of abuses and usurpations, you’re deluded. If you think god is going to help you, then you’re fucking crazy. If you think tens of millions of people are going to take on the most powerful government in the history of mankind, at its seat of power, because a deluded, uninformed, crazy person created a Facebook page, you seriously might consider suicide.
People who read this blog or hear rumors about me know that I’m no opponent of forceful resistance to government oppression. What I am an opponent of is irrationality, and terribly uninformed people thinking they have the unique capacity to force a new government on 300 million people, just because they think God wants them to.
I don’t want to live in a “Christian Nation”. The last thing I want is militarized borders checking me for papers when I attempt to flee that insanity before the witch trials begin. Perhaps the scariest part of the political climate in America is not the government itself, but the lunatics who think they are uniquely qualified to replace it. If democracy is a terrible idea, violently overthrowing an elected government, only to insert new rulers by force is the only thing I could possibly imagine being worse. Especially when those rulers are obviously completely out of their minds.
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