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There Will Be No Second American Revolution: The Futility of an Armed Revolt

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There Will Be No Second American Revolution: The Futility of an Armed Revolt



“A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”
—James Madison

America is a ticking time bomb.

All that remains to be seen is who—or what—will set fire to the fuse.

We are poised at what seems to be the pinnacle of a manufactured breakdown, with police shooting unarmed citizens, snipers shooting police, global and domestic violence rising, and a political showdown between two presidential candidates equally matched in unpopularity.

The preparations for the Republican and Democratic national conventions taking place in Cleveland and Philadelphia—augmented by a $50 million federal security grant for each city—provide a foretaste of how the government plans to deal with any individual or group that steps out of line: they will be censored, silenced, spied on, caged, intimidated, interrogated, investigated, recorded, tracked, labeled, held at gunpoint, detained, restrained, arrested, tried and found guilty.

For instance, anticipating civil unrest and mass demonstrations in connection with the Republican Party convention, Cleveland officials set up makeshift prisons, extra courtrooms to handle protesters, and shut down a local university in order to house 1,700 riot police and their weapons. The city’s courts are preparing to process up to 1,000 people a day. Additionally, the FBI has also been conducting “interviews” with activists in advance of the conventions to discourage them from engaging in protests.

Make no mistake, the government is ready for a civil uprising.

Indeed, the government has been preparing for this moment for years.

A 2008 Army War College report revealed that “widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security.” The 44-page report goes on to warn that potential causes for such civil unrest could include another terrorist attack, “unforeseen economic collapse, loss of functioning political and legal order, purposeful domestic resistance or insurgency, pervasive public health emergencies, and catastrophic natural and human disasters.”

Subsequent reports by the Department of Homeland Security to identify, monitor and label right-wing and left-wing activists and military veterans as extremists (a.k.a. terrorists) have manifested into full-fledged pre-crime surveillance programs. Almost a decade later, after locking down the nation and spending billions to fight terrorism, the DHS has concluded that the greater threat is not ISIS but domestic right-wing extremism.

Meanwhile, the government has been amassing an arsenal of military weapons for use domestically and equipping and training their “troops” for war. Even government agencies with largely administrative functions such as the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Smithsonian have been acquiring body armor, riot helmets and shields, cannon launchers and police firearms and ammunition. In fact, there are now at least 120,000 armed federal agents carrying such weapons who possess the power to arrest.

Rounding out this profit-driven campaign to turn American citizens into enemy combatants (and America into a battlefield) is a technology sector that is colluding with the government to create a Big Brother that is all-knowing, all-seeing and inescapable. It’s not just the drones, fusion centers, license plate readers, stingray devices and the NSA that you have to worry about. You’re also being tracked by the black boxes in your cars, your cell phone, smart devices in your home, grocery loyalty cards, social media accounts, credit cards, streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, and e-book reader accounts.

All of this has taken place right under our noses, funded with our taxpayer dollars and carried out in broad daylight without so much as a general outcry from the citizenry.

It’s astounding how convenient we’ve made it for the government to lock down the nation.

We’ve even allowed ourselves to be acclimated to the occasional lockdown of government buildings, Jade Helm military drills in small towns so that special operations forces can get “realistic military training” in “hostile” territory, and Live Active Shooter Drill training exercises, carried out at schools, in shopping malls, and on public transit, which can and do fool law enforcement officials, students, teachers and bystanders into thinking it’s a real crisis.

The events of recent years—the invasive surveillance, the extremism reports, the civil unrest, the protests, the shootings, the bombings, the military exercises and active shooter drills, the color-coded alerts and threat assessments, the fusion centers, the transformation of local police into extensions of the military, the distribution of military equipment and weapons to local police forces, the government databases containing the names of dissidents and potential troublemakers—have all conjoined to create an environment in which “we the people” are more distrustful and fearful of each other and more reliant on the government to keep us safe.

Of course, that’s the point.

The powers-that-be want us to feel vulnerable.

They want us to fear each other and trust the government’s hired gunmen to keep us safe from terrorists, extremists, jihadists, psychopaths, etc.

Most of all, the powers-that-be want us to feel powerless to protect ourselves and reliant on and grateful for the dubious protection provided by the American police state.

Their strategy is working.

The tree of liberty is dying.

There will be no second American Revolution.

There is no place in our nation for the kind of armed revolution our forefathers mounted against a tyrannical Great Britain. Such an act would be futile and tragic. We are no longer dealing with a distant, imperial king but with a tyrant of our own making: a militarized, technologized, heavily-financed bureaucratic machine that operates beyond the reach of the law.

The message being sent to the citizenry is clear: there will be no revolution, armed or otherwise.

Anyone who believes that they can wage—and win—an armed revolt against the American police state has not been paying attention. Those who wage violence against the government and their fellow citizens are playing right into the government’s hands. Violence cannot and will not be the answer to what ails America.

Whether instigated by the government or the citizenry, violence will only lead to more violence. It does not matter how much firepower you have. The government has more firepower.

It does not matter how long you think you can hold out by relying on survivalist skills, guerilla tactics and sheer grit. The government has the resources to outwait, out-starve, outman, outgun and generally overpower you.

This government of wolves will not be overtaken by force.

Unfortunately, we waited too long to wake up to the government’s schemes.

We did not anticipate that “we the people” would become the enemy. For years, the government has been warning against the dangers of domestic terrorism, erecting surveillance systems to monitor its own citizens, creating classification systems to label any viewpoints that challenge the status quo as extremist, and training law enforcement agencies to equate anyone possessing anti-government views as a domestic terrorist.

What the government failed to explain was that the domestic terrorists would be of the government’s own making, whether intentional or not.

By waging endless wars abroad, by bringing the instruments of war home, by transforming police into extensions of the military, by turning a free society into a suspect society, by treating American citizens like enemy combatants, by discouraging and criminalizing a free exchange of ideas, by making violence its calling card through SWAT team raids and militarized police, by fomenting division and strife among the citizenry, by acclimating the citizenry to the sights and sounds of war, and by generally making peaceful revolution all but impossible, the government has engineered an environment in which domestic violence has become inevitable.

What we are now experiencing is a civil war, devised and instigated in part by the U.S. government.

The outcome for this particular conflict is already foregone: the police state wins.

The objective: compliance and control.

The strategy: destabilize the economy through endless wars, escalate racial tensions, polarize the populace, heighten tensions through a show of force, intensify the use of violence, and then, when all hell breaks loose, clamp down on the nation for the good of the people and the security of the nation.

So where does that leave us?

Despite the fact that communities across the country are, for all intents and purposes, being held hostage by a government that is armed to the teeth and more than willing to use force in order to “maintain order,” most Americans seem relatively unconcerned. Worse, we have become so fragmented as a nation, so hostile to those with whom we might disagree, so distrustful of those who are different from us, that we are easily divided and conquered.

We have been desensitized to violence, acclimated to a military presence in our communities and persuaded that there is nothing we can do to alter the seemingly hopeless trajectory of the nation. In this way, the floundering economy, the blowback arising from military occupations abroad, police shootings, the nation’s deteriorating infrastructure and all of the other mounting concerns have become non-issues to a populace that is easily entertained, distracted, manipulated and controlled.

The sight of police clad in body armor and gas masks, wielding semiautomatic rifles and escorting an armored vehicle through a crowded street, a scene likened to “a military patrol through a hostile city,” no longer causes alarm among the general populace.

We are fast becoming an anemic, weak, pathetically diluted offspring of our revolutionary forebears incapable of mounting a national uprising against a tyrannical regime.

If there is to be any hope of reclaiming our government and restoring our freedoms, it will require a different kind of coup: nonviolent, strategic and grassroots, starting locally and trickling upwards. Such revolutions are slow and painstaking. They are political, in part, but not through any established parties or politicians.

Most of all, as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, for any chance of success, such a revolution will require more than a change of politics: it will require a change of heart among the American people, a reawakening of the American spirit, and a citizenry that cares more about their freedoms than their fantasy games.

John Whitehead

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. He is the author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People. He can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.org.

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/201...n-revolution-the-futility-of-an-armed-revolt/
 

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Been saying this one for years.
 

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I agree with the premise of the article. However Pennsylvania has over 1.2 MILLION deer hunters, another 1 Million in Michigan 900k in Wisconsin, 800k in New York. 120,000 trained LEO's many that don't agree with the way the government is going.

I don't see it happening either for that matter. But I would never say never.
 

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Don't be too sure that people won't rebel.

As of 11am EST the Massachusetts AG has banned the sale of all semi automatic weapons and have declared by decree that all weapons that are assault weapons or COPIES of assault weapons are from this day forward 'illegal to own'

The bitch said that while everyone in MA who owns these weapons, whether they we're previously legal or not, are now felons however: (and get this) the AG is not interested in going after gun owners "at this time" (ask her in 10 minutes.

Can anyone see the repercussions of this action? In one fell swoop MA has leapfrogged over CA and NY as the most Constitutionally treasonous state in the union.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2...ult-weapons/8xmuDyW6DR1tkt7mBNncRK/story.html

Here's the Mass AG 'Guidance letter' which gives us all a look at how one person can rule the masses any way that person chooses.

http://www.mass.gov/ago/public-safety/assault-weapons-guidance.pdf
Application of this Enforcement Notice (individual gun owners):

The Guidance will not be applied to possession, ownership or transfer of an Assault weapon obtained prior to July 20, 2016.

The AGO reserves the right to alter or amend this guidance.
This is very very bad for all of us.
 
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I've been talking to as many young military men as I can. Tell them they better secure as much equipment and give it to the common man as possible.
 

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Lexington and Concord comes to mind...

If you haven't cached weapons and ammo, there may still be time.

Of course, the question remains:

Who will conduct the confiscations?
 

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I saw we try it anyway!
 

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I believe the author of this article fails to bring into the mix the psychological aspect of sustained anti guerrilla warfare campaigns.
Yes, the government has the resources to outlast, starve, outgun and outman the US population.
The military is great at going into a country and turning it upside down, house to house.
But when you attack your own country things change.
Oops, today we're going house to house in my own town?
Yes, the militarized police march down the center of the street next to their amram's heavily armed but no one is shooting from any windows.
Yes, they would change tactics quick and the death toll would skyrocket.
Just think of the death toll from the two latest incidents with supposedly single shooters?
Multiple this both an exponential number including coordinated cross fire and planned ambushes.
I guess the military can just level the whole town and call it a day?
Sergeant Whoever, "You mean we just blew up Smallville? My mom lived there."
The will to fight would change quickly.
Women and children of a certain skin color haven't started dying in large numbers yet.
 
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The question is not if there will be an armed revolt...it's when and where will it begin. It may very well begin in the same place it started the last time. The next shot heard 'round the world may be coming from Lexington and Concord once again. Being from the area I am astounded at the reaction of the people in Mass over this AG tyranny. She has effectively made everyone who owns a semi automatic weapon in MA a felon. I can tell you in no uncertain terms this is not playing well there. This is strangely being kept out of the MSM for some reason. You would think a new interpretation of an old (22 years) law by the state AG making semi auto rifle and pistols suddenly and completely illegal to own and stating that the people in possession of these weapons are now felons that the AG won't prosecute AT THIS TIME BUT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THAT STANCE would make great copy.
The people in MA who now find themselves criminals overnight are actively saying "why follow the rule of law, the government doesn't' and are taking the stance that they will no longer register ANY weapons with the state (a state requirement by the way).

I've got plenty of popcorn for this show. You all might want to look into this. It's a festering wound that will become a huge issue very soon.
 
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Lexington and Concord comes to mind...

If you haven't cached weapons and ammo, there may still be time.

Of course, the question remains:

Who will conduct the confiscations?
There is an enormous amount of cached weapons and ammo in private hands in New England. Enormous!!!
 

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Enormous amounts all over the US of A.
Undeclared and unregistered.
Weapons with no way to identify ownership.
Absolutely nothing illegal I'm talking about here.
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My question would be the unknown.
Since Waco and Ruby Ridge how many heavy weapons have been stashed ?
How many laid off physicists who are ticked off enough to throw together a dirty bomb?
EMP pulse, localized wouldn't be out of the range of possibility.
Terrorist acts from ticked off individuals would be rampant.
Martial law, if they could hold it together.
Starvation tactics......
 

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Enormous amounts all over the US of A.
Undeclared and unregistered.
Weapons with no way to identify ownership.
Absolutely nothing illegal I'm talking about here.
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My question would be the unknown.
Since Waco and Ruby Ridge how many heavy weapons have been stashed ?
How many laid off physicists who are ticked off enough to throw together a dirty bomb?
EMP pulse, localized wouldn't be out of the range of possibility.
Terrorist acts from ticked off individuals would be rampant.
Martial law, if they could hold it together.
Starvation tactics......
I'd say we're pretty much ready for that at this point
 

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The question is not if there will be an armed revolt...it's when and where will it begin. It may very well begin in the same place it started the last time. The next shot heard 'round the world may be coming from Lexington and Concord once again. Being from the area I am astounded at the reaction of the people in Mass over this AG tyranny. She has effectively made everyone who owns a semi automatic weapon in MA a felon. I can tell you in no uncertain terms this is not playing well there. This is strangely being kept out of the MSM for some reason. You would think a new interpretation of an old (22 years) law by the state AG making semi auto rifle and pistols suddenly and completely illegal to own and stating that the people in possession of these weapons are now felons that the AG won't prosecute AT THIS TIME BUT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THAT STANCE would make great copy.
The people in MA who now find themselves criminals overnight are actively saying "why follow the rule of law, the government doesn't' and are taking the stance that they will no longer register ANY weapons with the state (a state requirement by the way).

I've got plenty of popcorn for this show. You all might want to look into this. It's a festering wound that will become a huge issue very soon.
It looks like the Mass AG is going to give everyone who purchased a weapon before Wednesday a pass.
Thanks a lot.
Like most state governments around the country a nationalistic wave is needed to clean house.
Sweep this scum out.
Anyone who stands for NWO, TPP, anti 2nd amendment values is living on borrowed time.
Individuals like Cruz and Ryan are the old guard who see their days are numbered.
I think it might be close.
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When the new bailouts start up for the banks, insurance co, car co and anyone else
is everyone going to sit around and do nothing this time?
 

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It looks like the Mass AG is going to give everyone who purchased a weapon before Wednesday a pass.
Thanks a lot.
Yeah, it's OK until it's not:

"Application of this Enforcement Notice (individual gun owners):

The Guidance will not be applied to possession, ownership or transfer of an Assault weapon obtained prior to July 20, 2016.
The AGO reserves the right to alter or amend this guidance."