by John Ozberkmen
Talk show host Adam Kokesh, of Adam versus the Man, has announced his intention to lead a peaceful march of armed resisters into Washington D.C. The march to challenge unconstitutional gun laws will be held July 4, 2013. The plan is to march from Virginia across the Arlington bridge into Washington. Adam’s announcement has been met with criticism on both sides of the gun issue.
In response to the planned march, the main stream media has attacked Adam as a Libertarian kook wanting attention. Police chief of Washington D.C., Kathy Lanier, has publicly threatened a swift response to anyone breaking gun laws in her city. However, even more concerning is the criticism Adam Kokesh is receiving from people supposedly on his side of the issue. Libertarian and conservative pundits have come down on Adam’s plans as reckless and poorly thought out. One liberty website has even banned any discussion of his march. As details of his event emerge, it remains to be seen whether his plans are ill-conceived. Looking from a historical context is Adam doing the wrong thing?
While many in the freedom movement will complain all day about government overreach and abuse, none have decided to act. Mahatma Gandhi, in his attempt to liberate India argued against passive acceptance for what he called Satyagraha. Loosely translated Satyagraha is “insistence on truth.” Gandhi argued that the fight for freedom must be brought to the oppressor so they have to show their abuse of power to the world. Gandhi would choose a law and encourage everyone to break that law. On his march to the sea to make illegal salt, Gandhi was arrested along with 80,000 of his supporters.
Dr. Martin Luther King inspired by Gandhi, used the same approach for the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King challenged racist laws in the south to advance his cause. No one can argue that non-violent “insistence on truth” isn’t a successful strategy. Adam’s plan to march is simply pointing out a truth. The federal government, along with many state and city governments, is violating the citizen’s natural right to bear arms. Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King and now Adam Kokesh all came to the realization that the violation of a natural right must be confronted with action.
Many have argued that Mr. Kokesh’s event is too risky. The media will use it to demonize Libertarians. Those who condemn Adam fail to admit that Libertarians are already being demonized by the media. Think of any mass shooting or bombing in the last ten years. Before the facts come out, corporate media plants the idea that a right-wing wacko is likely responsible.
Did you watch the presidential election? What did the media do to Ron Paul?
Another claim is that the government will use this opportunity to make Libertarians look like violent extremists. However, the federal government is already trying to demonize liberty activists and gun owners. The MIAC report, leaked in 2009, was a federal fusion center report warning police officers to consider Libertarians and Ron Paul supporters to be as bad as terrorists. The ATF’s involvement in shipping guns to Mexico has connections all the way up to the attorney general and the White House. Our government staged Fast and Furious in order to blame the second amendment and restrict guns in America.
The final argument against Mr. Kokesh is that the freedom infowar is already successfully converting hearts and minds toward liberty. Some say there is no need to challenge the government on its abuses when the freedom movement is advancing. Sadly, this idea creates no real challenge to the establishment as the authoritarians remain in control. Both Gandhi and Dr. King disregarded this wait-and-hope stance. A similar sentiment was made by Patrick Henry in his famous speech “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death.” A modernized version might read as follows:
What is it in these last ten years that gives you hope that the people in power will be turned towards liberty and justice? They’ve given us the Patriot Act, the John Warner Defense Authorization Act, the elimination of Posse Commitatus, the TSA, Fema Camps, Fusion Centers, Clergy response teams, the Department of Homeland Security, the Utah Data Center that will monitor all electronic information for every American, the militarization of local police forces, the NDAA which allows the President to kill anyone without a trial. Even now, they are contracting to buy 2 billion bullets that by international law cannot be used in foreign wars but only on the American public. They are buying 7000 armed MRAP vehicles to patrol our 50 states. Conservatively 20,000 drones are planned to monitor American skies in the next few years. Obama has stated that he wants a civilian security force that is just as strong and as well-funded as our military. For what? Are the American people the enemy? Why spend all this money attacking American freedoms when no American was involved in 9/11?
We have petitioned, we have marched, we have organized politically to get a freedom candidate elected as president. At every turn we have been insulted. Our very American belief in liberty has been demonized as possible terrorism by the corporate media and government.
Many argue that we are not ready to challenge the authoritarians that claim ownership of us. If not now, then when? When our lives will be completely surveiled by every modern electronic and police state apparatus? When we are totally disarmed? When we are so poor from over-taxation and a ruined economy that we have no means? Patrick Henry makes the solution transparent, “Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?” No! The time to act is now! Expose these authoritarians in government for what they are, hypocrites that claim we live in a free country while working every day to take away that freedom.
Adam Kokesh is planning to do exactly what is needed. He’s confronting the beast and making it show its true color.
Anyone who has been complaining about government overreach needs to join him. This is the freedom movement’s march to the sea to make salt. What will you do? Think on it and consider these two quotes:
“In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” – Mark Twain
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
– Samuel Adams