Protests: Another Roadside Distraction

Cole Younger worked with the 24th STS prior to 9/11 and later at the Special Warfare School (SWCS) post-9/11. He was gracious enough to pen this and we would all do well to heed the information contained therein. As protests begin to ramp up in DC and pieces on the chess game of state begins to move at a more rapid pace, it would serve us well to understand who the pawns are…and who aren’t. Simply because you aren’t considering second and third order ramifications, doesn’t mean others are not intensely interested and invested into manipulating and mobilizing segments of the public. Protests and media can be just as effective in 4GW as a convertible ride through Dallas, and not half as disconcerting to those blindly casting a ballot and hoping for the best.

Jesse James

The first action of any government is to keep the proletariat “fat, dumb and happy” As long as you give people a remote control with something to look at and their bellies full, all is good with the world. Hence, bread and circus. Babies cry when their needs are not met. Adults don’t mature much past this stage. The latest brood of safe-space seeking Millenials is a testament to the latest installment.

Someone, someplace, all the time is protesting something as an aggrieved party. The men behind the curtain decide what action to take….or not, depending on their threat assessment. There are too many examples in history to address here. Consider what the world would be like or have evolved without someone having protested and the course of action taken by all parties. There would never have been any US or America!

A protest of one Bhuddist monk self-emolating is as loud as thousands of people waving banners and shouting (busting shop windows, overturning cars and hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails). Protests are fueled by emotions and fear…..and propaganda. Revolutions are fueled by blood and gunpowder…..and propaganda. (Pay attention to the narrative, don’t blow it off!)

The anger of the former is the short fuse to a large magazine.

roadside-bombsAny protest is an antithesis to a current condition, a call to action to a wrong by an aggrieved number of people that is not being addressed in a sufficient manner. Ergo, more safe-spaces. Usually people protest against a government action (or lack of). Has a government ever protested against its people? ‘Gulaging’ state critics could be perceived as such. Ones and twos are easy, but what if you have hundreds? Thousands?

When mothers go to the streets because their babies are hungry, you have a potential problem. When the young men between 18 -29 cannot find work, you have a potential problem. It’s one thing to have a useless degree owing thousands to a loan shark system that will never be paid off. It’s another issue when you actually have a STEM degree and have a better chance of getting a job. What if the economy is in the tank? Older people laid-off, unpaid bills, pensions cut-off? Venezuela?

When the PTB perceive the protests to be a threat to the status quo, they have two options:

1) Nip the problem in the bud, bust heads, make others disappear, instill fear into the hearts and minds of the people; a classic oppressive, totalitarian action which could have been the reason for the protest in the first place. Now you have driven the protest underground to lick their wounds and come back stronger. Now you have steeled their resolve, or you have proven them pussies and they curl up in a fetal position in their safe space.

2) Pay attention. Listen. Investigate the legitimacy of the grievance, and provide solutions, NOT a committee to study the problem. When there is a rot in Denmark, the people will let you know.

3) I did mention two…ignore the situation and hope it goes away. In that case you will suffer the fate of Louis XVI or the Romanovs.

When you reverse engineer a political party from a movement born from a protest you will find someone who was not happy about the status quo and struck a nerve with other like-upset folks and away we go. Most changes of the status quo are usually achieved by revolution or a coup d’etat. Blood seems to be the common denominator to change…and it all starts with some sort of protest.

In every protest there is a need to influence public opinion to a real or perceived wrong usually perpetrated by the PTB. There are no long term strategic or social goals that can be achieved just by one or two or several protests in different areas except as a distraction. Once the general public pays attention and provides legitimacy to the protestors (winning hearts and minds), then the protest can evolve into a movement.

At each stage more planning, organization and funding are necessary. If the protest grows and continues into a movement it can also grow in legitimacy and as a political movement. Without further planning and organization (taking your eye off the goal) a protest cannot grow into a movement and risks morphing into something the original organizers did not intend in the first place, there are unintended consequences OR blowback. You don’t hear about authority head-bashing and rounding up the usual suspects, unless it becomes a media event.

Ferguson started with a trigger and fractional facts. It quickly morphed into violence and looting. We have had the same playbook in Baltimore, Charlotte, Watts, and other places. The media, on-line with the narrative, was quick to indicate the oppression and lack of options for a certain group. In every case the trigger was the same. Was the outrage justified? Maybe. We are lead to believe that one group is biased and targets a particular racial group. Is the bias justified? Maybe. If the protests had been legitimate would they, or could they have had a greater impact without the violence and looting ? Maybe. It’s one thing to redress grievances, another to go breaking shit. Was the violence and looting justified? NO. At this point legitimacy is lost regardless if the trigger event was unjustified. The violence feeds the narrative and vice versa. This is the goal of propaganda or dizinformatzia.

Now the obverse. Is a particular group being targeted by law enforcement? Yes, because there is a higher degree for such a group to get in trouble. We have our ears bleeding on how opportunities are so lacking for black people in this country, but you know, there are a lot of successful black people in this country who refused to be victims.

Victims protest because of a perception that they have been treated, or led to believe they have been treated, unfairly. Successful people don’t protest and don’t need to cater to victims that chose to be such. But, we are told that they are victims due to no fault of their own, but being put down by “the man” or _____ (insert blame here). The anti-Trump protests have had the same failure. If your peaceful protest won’t garner the desired result, have a temper tantrum. However, the protest is usually a distraction and part of a larger plan.

For any protest to maintain legitimacy and have a chance to evolve into a movement it must adhere to certain rules. First and foremost is NOT to deteriorate into violence and looting. The second is to provide validity by qualifiable and quantifiable documentation. The first MIGHT keep you out of jail and having your head bashed in, the second MIGHT get non-parties to listen and open their wallets.

You do know how to do this, right?

So anyone can protest about anything at any time. The effectiveness depends on the legitimacy of the protest and ultimately having a wrong corrected. There are few protests in history that were non-violent and the banner was picked (or developed) up by the MSM. “The Whole World is Watching!” The difference today is that most protests, media, political action have become part of 4GW, more sophisticated, organized and funded. Connecting all the dots is a daunting task.

The key to success whether a protest, movement, psychological operation, revolution, even an election is an irrefutable proof to an iron-clad and undeniable TRUTH. One does not have to remember the truth. The obverse being that every lie contains a grain of truth to make it plausible. However, in order to make the first lie believable , you must make up ten more lies to support the first, and so on and so on. You become victim to your own rhetoric.

Tiannamen started with an undercurrent of concerns for the future direction of China. The reactions were varied but the results reverberated world-wide. The general consensus world-wide was support of the students, because of the established world-view that the government was oppressive. The result was that the protests were successful, the government acquiesced somewhat and the tree of liberty was watered. We know the “rest of the story”. Either there haven’t been any more protests in China since then or they are very quickly Gulaged.

I have visual clips of protests from around the world for the last 50 years going through my mind. A common theme being violence on both sides of the scrum. There were a couple of times I was a bystander and once when myself and my high-school classmates were squeezed through a choke point and received various forms of abuse just as we got off the bus to attend a lecture at the ancient Agora in 1973. Protests were nearly a daily occurrence in Greece that year. A year later I was on the second plane out of Greece after the invasion of Cyprus.

Was there a corollary cause and effect between the protests and the invasion? No telling. Another common theme of protests being the desired end-state versus the actual end-state doesn’t always jive. You can’t always get what you want, but if you try real hard, you just might find, you get what you need….good and hard. You can protest all you want, but if you are disrupting the daily flow of life or committing violence against people or property…and the police will do nothing…then someone else will not be so kind and start kicking ass and not taking names.

Who’s paying the protestors, or at least pay the organizers to stir up the usual useful idiots, unemployed, homeless, students, the have-nothing-else-to-do-but-I want-to-blame-somebody? Follow the money. No pay = no protest. There’s a great deal of speculation of George Soros funding all these protests by the special snowflakes and the BLM. Why doesn’t someone follow the money, or more especially prove the money flow and hit Soros with a RICO charge or similar. Even better, extradite him to Russia…..just because. Who else? Anyone from the Frankfurt School and their accolades encountering a tragic fate.

Any organization requires funding for their cause, especially those that are anti-something. Sometimes you can create an anti-something group and its antithesis has a better chance of success. So, any time you see a group for or against something, think about the obverse and you have a better perspective. Sun Tzu said someplace that to best understand your adversary you must visit their camp. Getting to know you, getting to know all about you. When you undergo any operation with spotty intel, expect poor results, failure or death. Never underestimate the opposition.

Protests require traction and momentum to be successful, provided there is a specific goal in mind. Protests may serve as a distraction, when some other more sinister action is taking place. Protests need to be long-term to become effective, they need to hog the cameras to remain in the spotlight but the message must be valid to resonate with a large cross-section of the people in order to gain support.

Otherwise, it’s off to another distraction…..

The Ruskies hacked the Election! Fake news! Russian propaganda! Recount! Electorate rigging!

This is how you tell when a group has lost the dialogue and have run out of legitimacy. They have devolved into feces flinging monkeys.

Cole Younger

Dēmokratia: The Lie that Keeps On

America/Israel sees themselves as persecuted victims. Being a victim in one’s own eyes can serve as justification for every wrongdoing done to another. Our democracy is a lie.

‘Our free press’ lied when they reported, contrary to the weapons inspectors in Iraq, that Saddam Hussein had WMD. They lied about Saddam Hussein’s al-Qaeda connections, and about Iranian nukes despite the unanimous report of all American intelligence agencies that Iran had abandoned interest in nuclear weapons years ago. They lied about Assad using chemical weapons against Syrians. They lied about Gadhafi. They lied about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They lied about the cause of the Russian/Georgian conflict. They lied about Russian interference deciding the outcome of ‘our election’ and the Brexit vote. They lie when saying whistleblowers are protected.

Russian_bear.jpgBlaming Russia continues the propaganda war against a country that won’t knuckle under and accept American hegemony. Now that the Syrians have retaken Aleppo there’s a stream of stories meant to influence uninformed people as the Empire goes about its dirty work. ‘Think tanks’ who work to promote American foreign policy speak endlessly about war crimes. They didn’t say much when the Empire was terrorizing Syrians but they attack those who challenge regime change plans. Obama’s last press conference was aimed at Russia. Saying that Russia was “smaller,” “weaker” and “doesn’t produce anything that anybody wants to buy except oil and gas and arms.” He completed his rant by saying that Putin was “the former head of the KGB.” He was not, and Obama certainly knows that. The Washington Post calls Russia’s actions “indiscriminate attacks on civilians.”

The Empire’s media and politicians compare Putin to Hitler, perhaps forgetting the large number of previous candidates for being Hitler. The Western media doesn’t do ‘journalism’ but echoes the thinking of Western policymakers, politicians and power brokers. The Empire’s fantasy regarding Syria was that the ‘vetted moderate rebels’ the Empire had trained and armed would replace the Assad regime with a Western-style democracy, just like in Iraq and Afghanistan. Russia has an economy the same size as Italy. Translate that into what military threat they are to the Empire and it’s as ridiculous as the excuses for our previous pre-emptive invasions.

It’s a lack of integrity that lays a people low. The people are the nation. This isn’t top down corruption, and destruction. The policies of ‘our’ government avoid truth. ‘Consumers’, seduced by the easy life and fondness for that which is more satisfying, rather than what is good, and right, accepting those lies is what has caused us to fail. ‘Our leaders’ grow into adults, never knowing hardship, deprivation, challenge, or seeing others act in a moral way.

DDT, tobacco, asbestos, GMO foods, remember the Maine, the gulf of Tonkin, Arabs with box cutters did it. Politicians are forever referring to Russian ‘aggression’ in Syria but Russia is in Syria by invitation of their Government. Western forces are there illegally, allied with known terrorist groups like Al Qaeda.

War is when the government tells you who the enemy is. Revolution is when you figure it out for yourself.

‘Our’ official media has chosen continual lying. Anything of political significance has become carefully scripted government and corporate propaganda that George Orwell called ‘Newspeak’. Doublethink could be displayed with two examples; our Israel policies and our Ukraine actions, or Aleppo and Mosul. ‘Our’ government recently passed a law to ban any storyline that might contradict ‘official’ versions of events. The “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” passed in the Senate, quietly inserted inside the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

Now, following Obama’s signing of the NDAA, the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act is now law with Washington Post having already primed ‘consumers’ to equate ‘Russian Propaganda’ with ‘fake news’ despite admitting after the fact their own report was essentially fake. ‘Our’ free press wants ‘consumers’ to accept that any information which isn’t in line with the official government narrative, or dares to criticize the establishment, is also ‘fake news’ and thus falls under the ‘Russian propaganda’ umbrella, the scene is now set for ‘our’ government to legally close every media outlet that the government deems to be “foreign propaganda.” The act will allow the government to attack any media outlet it considers propaganda. Their next move will be ‘counter propaganda’; to make sure government approved stories drown out alternative media and journalists who question the status quo.

The right to free speech and freedom of the press, guaranteed by the First Amendment, a foundation of American values, put in place to protect our liberties, is now being endangered by this new law. This isn’t the first time that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was used to disguise a piece of legislation. In 2012, Obama signed a law that allowed for the “indefinite detention of American citizens” without a judge or jury. Then in 2013, Obama signed an NDAA bill enabling the government again to legally produce propaganda. The stage is now set for ‘our’ government to legally and fully operate a tyrannical repressive regime.

Just like that, America’s Ministry of Truth is officially born.

wmd11‘Our’ government broadcasts ‘news’ and opinion to foreign countries through outlets like Voice of America and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks. This new law will allow them to expand their broadcasting business to influence you here at home. The types of information that we spread overseas to foreigners is disinformation. It’s meant to confuse, distract, redirect. It’s not meant to be an informative source of news. There is already, for all intents and purposes, an organization in America that does this. It’s called MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and Fox News. They are all tools of official propaganda. If you think things were bad before with those groups, wait till you see what will come out of them now. They’ll be reporting government propaganda as factual news stories, and a gullible American public will swallow it all. ‘Our’ government will be fully in charge of running the media. In an amazing demonstration of hypocrisy, ‘our’ politicians explode over the Russian media being sponsored by state while boosting the government–funded propaganda effort here.

Every time the corporate press has put forward a false narrative about Syria, the alternative press has been there to dismantle it. Every time a false flag attack happens to galvanize Americans, the alternative media has been there to expose it. Every time the corporate press chooses to talk about frivolities instead of massive government scandals, the alternative press has been there to pick up the slack. The alternative media has finally reached the point where it’s a major threat to the corporate propaganda operation and the deep state has reacted to neutralize it. Therefore, we have ‘fake news’ scandals that were entirely made up and the reason why unproven claims of Russian propaganda are being presented by actual fake news outlets like CNN, NPR, and the rest as factual.

In one example, Secretary of State Kerry insisted Russia must be held accountable for bombing hospitals in Syria. Russia’s military has killed civilians, but the secretary failed to acknowledge that the American military bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan in 2015 and that the Saudi-led assault on Yemen has destroyed multiple hospitals in the last year and killed thousands of civilians. He also failed to remember that the Empire has killed a million Iraqis.

The New York Daily News in an article titled, “Assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov was not terrorism, but retribution for Vladimir Putin’s war crimes”. It states: “As Vladimir Putin’s man in Turkey, Karlov was the public face of that murderous dictator’s war crimes around the globe and of oppression at home. Andrei Karlov is the human embodiment of policies that deployed bunker busters to kill babies, sent fighter planes on scorched earth bombing runs that destroyed a whole city, aided Syrian madman Bashar al-Assad in his campaign that has killed hundreds of thousands, and even ordered attacks on UN aid workers.”

Show me how America does things differently especially since we interfere much more often in many more places, without an invitation, including initiating the war we see in Syria.

The Western media doesn’t do journalism. It reflects the thinking and designs of the Empire’s politicians and power brokers. That ‘our free press’ unanimously spins the attack as ‘retaliatory’, after spending the previous week promising retaliation is, if nothing else, the worst case of institutional self-incrimination in recent memory.

The question you might consider is who benefits from these lies and why, in the face of virtual disbelief in anything the ‘official’ media tells you, do you accept those lies as truth. Never underestimate the stupidity of ‘consumers’. When you understand that this is simply a huge sales pitch to herd the American public into wars that are against their best interests, then everything you see and hear around you starts to make sense.

We’re told targeted nations will be ruined in the name of some higher principles, to save them from themselves. ‘Our free press’ are masters in saying nothing, addressing nothing, criticizing nothing related to the plunder of the world, and to the suppression of new and truly revolutionary ideas. In the Empire, no one seems to be noticing. There are no mass demonstrations, no clashes with police, as laws and regulations are being changed and the Constitution, violated.

An overwhelming majority is collaborating with the regime because it’s suddenly so frightening, or at least impractical, to think freely or perhaps because there are few examples of intellectual courage left in the world. Fake News, fake history, fake emotions, and fake ideals; everything that’s not supporting the official narrative is being labeled ‘fake’.
Craig Dudley

Buzzfeed, Buddy and the Shifting human terrain

The latest failure by CNN, Buzzfeed and far too many people in the United States to grasp where the shifting sands of the Potomac are headed and how to navigate the human terrain brought an interesting parallel into my head. One of the Christmas movies I’m forced to watch during the holiday season is Elf, with Will Ferrel as the main character. I’m fairly critical of all Christmas movies sans the Griswold masterpiece, the only real portrayal of  family dynamics during holidays, but my better half cannot get enough of the season. I can’t get enough of her, so naturally I put on a stiff upper lip during the onslaught of one terrible Christmas movie after another. She isn’t fazed by finding bullets in pockets, magazines in desk drawers, and is pretty handy with an AR out to 400m so I can’t complain. The basic premise of the movie is Buddy (Will Ferrel) wound up in the North Pole and was raised by the elves, only to discover in his 30’s that he was human. The movie is about his trip to NYC to find his father and the clash of his world with the real one. The behavioral norms he was used to and the social routines were utterly foreign to New Yorkers and vice versa. While to us he appears totally inept and unable to understand the most basic realities of normal human behavior, Buddy is acting the way he always has and fails to see that his world has changed drastically. I was watching the exchange of Trump with CNN and the thought occurred to me that it was much the same thing.

People generally resist change, we like predictability and as much as we pretend to crave change…we like it in small controllable doses. Paradigm shifts occur gradually, yet we often miss the signs and one day we wake up to find the world changed. The people at Bear Stearns and Lehman woke up one day in 2008 and realized their world had changed. They were wrong, the world had changed years prior, they just weren’t aware of it yet. The signs were there, the tranches and subprime mortgages were in black and white, physical paper. The paradigm changed when the market refused to deny home loans and the banks bought them. Deutsche, Morgan and Citi knew, they hid the losses for a year at least. The paradigm had already shifted and they turned to denial rather than modify their thinking and behavior. What we are seeing now is that clash of world views and behavior. For several large segments of the American population, life makes absolutely no sense and everything they have known about politics and society is in desperate need of revision. We may laugh and scoff at the people having breakdowns over the election and their plans to disrupt and dismiss the current ruler of the American Empire, but it bears considering if we too are suffering from the same.

reactions-to-changeThe legacy media has failed to understand and grasp the newfound power of alternative media to reach and influence the population. This continues to be evident through the ‘fake news’ moniker, which has lost all traction and meaning at this point. Even a decade ago, the label would have stuck because of the legacy media’s primacy in reaching and influencing people. The voters who thought it was inconcievable that  Hillary would not be coronated and we would enjoy sixteen years under the same couple are now being forced to confront the ugly reality that the people they would rather not think about were thinking about them. The white majority in America has bough into identitarian politics and is now only just beginning to vote like a minority. The patriot movement who was perpetually in crisis mode for the past eight years now must confront the difficult task of discerning the wheat from the tares in this new administration and not fall prey to becoming supporters of the Empire that has merely undergone a facelift. How well we adapt and understand this new development goes a long way toward our future success or failure. The greatest thing we can do is recognize something for what it is, and where its potential lies.

My continued resistance toward the regime on the Potomac is because the answer to the problem is not a matter of the right face being at Pennsylvania Avenue. Rather than debate who has their finger on the shotgun to my head, the solution is to remove the shotgun. The long-term solution is not to hope for a string of benevolent demigods every four years, but to remove the mechanisms that exist which allow those elected to put that shotgun to our head. From what I have seen thus far it has been a fool’s errand to speak out against the temptation to root for someone on our side holding the proverbial shotgun. The only thing both sides seem to agree on is that there should definitely be a shotgun, so long as it’s on the other guy’s head. We will quickly become irrelevant as a movement if we reduce ourselves to nothing more than a passive cheerleading squad for the latest petty bureaucrat to take the stage. If we hitch ourselves to this star, from a PR perspective we now own the results. Results that may very well include a financial crisis, and a continuance of the civil rights violations of the last half dozen administrations. You may equivocate and protest, but for the vast majority of Americans it won’t matter. The optics however, will matter.

Already there exists an amalgam of groups united in their solidarity against a Trump presidency and as the recent Buzzfeed debacle illustrated, willing to burn bridges, money and goodwill over it. Pete brought up a point that deserves credit when he stated that there most certainly exists at least a white paper plan to execute a soft coup and the likelihood of success. If we woke up Saturday to the same president declaring a national emergency and all the concomitant powers that go with it, what would you do? What type of community structure is set up? How are we prepared to counter the media onslaught telling Americans how lucky they were to have averted certain disaster? What is our ability to counter any of it, save in a kinetic fashion that gets us branded immediately as terrorists? Someone once told me, being your own harshest critic might make you a cynic…but reality being your harshest critic makes you a fool. I don’t want us to be fools. Let the statists and Fifth Column Inc. be the fools while they run around, uncomprehending and becoming their own worst enemy. We simply do not have that luxury. Let them be Buddy, totally void of any sensory input and continuing to operate as if nothing at all happened to completely change the human terrain. We are better than cheerleaders, and we are better than merely settling for a slightly lighter boot on our neck for the next four years. Now is the time to make meaningful strides toward real progress in a semi-friendly environment. That has far more lasting benefit toward true security than cheering on the latest Trump tweet or wishing on rainbows that he will be the hero that doesn’t exist and swoop down and save us. It’s a thankless, grueling job being your own hero, but slaves wish for a savior to do what they will not. A free man recognizes that you are always the captain of your soul, regardless of the circumstances. Stop looking for heroes, be your own.


Jesse James

Alt-Left: The statist’s Patriot movement

One of the ripples that has emanated outward from the brick known as Trump after it was thrown into the swamp this past November deserves far more attention than it is currently receiving. The left has found itself with a lot of young and angry bodies, bereft of the Cinton political machine and the biggest names in the party well into their AARP memberships. With the recent political stunt of Calexit people opening an embassy in Moscow, the human terrain is ripe for an unofficial quasi-government to exist under the Trump administration. Already there exists a growing patriot-esque movement among the liberals that mirrors the antifa movement in Germany. Most of us have seen the call to arms of a few prominent liberals and numerous unhinged Millennials. While many of them appear laughable at first glance, the motive, and soon the means and opportunity will be there for them to adopt an October Revolution mindset.

article-2261220-16e3acd8000005dc-396_634x345A great majority are as serious about armed revolution as their threats for expatriation to Canada were, but it would take a mere handful of people with the proper guidance and funding to cripple infrastructure or commit psychological warfare like the recent spate of Trump hoaxes that include arson. I must admit, reading stories of statists arming themselves was initially conflicting to me. Philosophically speaking I am in favor of people purchasing what they want, without the interference of the perpetually misguided little tyrants the government always attracts. As a private citizen and a state of one, it doesn’t mean I have to like it. For a long time now we, the patriot movement, have enjoyed a massive imbalance of firepower, indeed even Uncle Sam is dwarfed in number by the small arms owned by the public at large. The recent trend of the statists beginning to arm themselves is a little, and it is very late, but bears watching. My chief concern is that those buying out of an emotional response will use them emotionally. I have serious reservations about those unable to master even the most basic terminology of a firearm to seek proper training from an industry they are hostile towards and who is generally hostile to them. Statists also have historically had a little problem with gratuitous application of force, albeit thus far in the US is has primarily been through third parties. The current crop of proto-tyrants in education have done nothing but create a barren ideological landscape, devoid of anything that could possibly interpreted as offensive to anyone and anything. I have less than the utmost confidence people who cannot tolerate a ‘white guy smile’ without launching into a diatribe, will have the judgment and emotional stability to avoid doing what they write on Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

Viewed from a different perspective, let’s think a moment about this from a strictly partisan angle. There is significant tacit support for acts of violence and protests, as long as the tip of the spear doesn’t cross the line into delegitimization. Absent that, they enjoy a significant logistics and psyops apparatus. Millions of dollars worth of media coverage, a social media presence without censure and household names to voice their support. They enjoy large donors like the Ford Foundation, Borealis Philanthropy, Open Society Foundation, and Center for American Progress. How much mayhem does does nine figures buy? Trick question, none of us could even begin to guess because at our best we might be able to scrape together six figures once or twice. Those who have read my previous posts know exactly what money buys and how essential it is to establish a beachhead for a revolution. A cursory look at the financing behind the Russian October Revolution will reveal some rather uncomfortable truths as to how and why this destabilization occurred. Jacob Schiff, Felix Warburg (related to Paul Warburg of Federal Reserve fame) and the interactions between William Steed and the Wilson administration make for fascinating reading in this regard. The point here is that there was a discontent, largely uneducated working class who formed the tip of the spear and a very long logistical tail that is barely discussed at all. The rising Alt-left has that logistical tail and we need to very cognizant of whether the tip of the spear is coming together and where.

october_revolution_3004I do not wish to conjure up imaginary dragons and bumps in the night for us to fear. What is concerning to me is that the coalescence of money behind a thinly veiled communist manifesto trotted out as BLM’s ‘demands’ and the masses of disenfranchised and hysterical voters, many of whom are convinced the opposition is an existential threat and barely human. A political arm also exists that can stay ‘above the fray’ and provide an appearance of legitimacy. Adding small arms to this toxic mixture of hate and statism is asking for conflict. The logistics for that are in place for one side. The other side is armed to the teeth with barely a shred of logistical support and virtually no money. Small arms are far more easily obtainable than $100M+ and national media cooperation. The situation is fluid and we need to recognize it as such. In two weeks there will be motive, and opportunity. All that remains is whether the statists will make good on their desire to have that ability. A dozen Weather Underground groups and countless psyops is an excellent way to create chaos. Chaos is the one remaining revolutionary condition required. Like I said, this is a trend that bears watching.

Individual possession of property, including weapons, is the sine qua non of a free society, and while the comments above sound like much of the tripe being peddled by the SPLC and others, I am not advocating any restrictions from adults purchasing what they want. However, we as a movement and as individuals can and should watch this development closely. Napoleon stated once that a revolution is an idea that has found its bayonets, and while the statists now see the opportunity for corporate, authorized violence by the state now being threatened, the move toward a true revolution is troubling. Conversely, there exists an opportunity for those of us capable and willing to subvert and redirect the recent interest in preparedness and firearms by the political left in a more productive direction. It is a natural inclination to resist plunder of your own resources by others, and I suspect the more self-sufficient a statist becomes, the more naturally he will begin to understand things like NAP and private property. In either case, keep your eyes peeled and know who lives around you, what they believe and trust the words of Mattis…have a plan for everyone you meet.

Jesse James

Consent: Voting and the myth of Evil > evil

Some of you may not like this, but this is JJstan and it’s where the adults come to talk. Some may think it is overly cynical or perhaps just too idealistic. I think he’s spot on, and lest you think the political parties have any sort of popular ‘mandate,’ 45% of the voting public…didn’t. The candidate that got nearly twice the number of votes as either Trump or Clinton and swept every state was ‘None of the above.’ I voted, and it was to prevent a shooting war with Russia and/or an insurrection in the US. What I’m not, is inclined to believe is that Trump wouldn’t bring the .gov hammer down in me and mine because of moral reasons any more than his predecessors would have. Ideals are what differentiate between rule of law and the rule of power. I have no illusions about Trump/Sachs/MIC/Exxon Inc. and neither should you.  

Jesse James

“Presidents are selected, not elected and behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing to allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Americans don’t understand their government. They believe that we have a democracy in which we participate by voting. We never had a democracy although most people choose to ignore that. We once had a democratic republic.

“Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”

– H.L. Mencken

lesser-of-two-evilsOur oligarchical government is where a small group of wealthy individuals have control over the critical mechanisms of state power, industry and economy. These people are unaccountable and they use their control for their personal financial interests, using national power to support their lifestyles and geopolitical ambitions. The ruling class in such a nation is often comprised of dynastic families who pass the baton of power back and forth between themselves, managing the illusion of change and evolution while never actually surrendering their control. The Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton experience is a current example of this.

A Princeton study published their conclusion that America had officially become an oligarchy. Former President Carter has commented about this, telling Oprah Winfrey’s audience that ‘now it’s just an oligarchy.’ These warnings follow decades of comments by former presidents and political figures warning us that our country was being taken over by shadowy financial interests.

There’s an obvious invisible government running America, yet we’re urged to vote. Why do they want us to participate in this charade if they know our vote doesn’t make any difference? Voting is a Tool to Create the Illusion of Consent. Many dictatorships hold political elections to manufacture the illusion of consent. Stalin is a good example of this. During his rule, while the Russians were being brutalized, election results came in showing over 99% support for the Communist Party.

The voting ritual does little to influence the direction of the nation. The oligarchy needs us to believe that we’re free so that we won’t get serious about revolution. Voting is the best tool for maintaining this illusion. It provides an outlet for our righteous indignation, pacifying your anger and sapping your political drive. It also acts as a survey to determine which policies will meet the least amount of popular resistance.

When Election Day arrives, knowing the candidates we’ve been presented with don’t represent our wishes, we’re passively expressing our willingness to accept the illusions. We’re contributing to the perception that our rulers have our permission to carry on, and by doing such we’re accepting ever further to their power over us.

If you’re one of the few who haven’t committed yourself to one of the phony political parties dominating America and are still trying to decide which ‘tool’ you’ll ‘vote’ for next Election, consider this: there’s no Constitutional requirement that you vote. There’s no law that requires you to consent to the corruption, lies, criminality, war-mongering, fear, hate, stupidity, tyranny, surveillance and self-destruction being sold by ‘our’ candidates. You’re still free to abstain should your value system be insulted by the ‘election’ process.

‘Consumers’ are bullied and intimidated into voting. You’re regularly told to vote because it’s your ‘civic duty’, because; you have no right to complain about the government unless you vote, every vote counts, we must present a unified front, the future of the nation depends on it, by not voting you’re voting, the “other” candidate must be defeated at all costs, because the future of the Supreme Court depends on your vote.

Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.

republicanpoliticsIn the Empire ‘consumers’ are doing everything they can to stay asleep, spiritually and emotionally. History and fate have given America the ‘rope to hang itself with’; No invasions, no famines, no plagues and vast wealth to burrow down into in denial, lots of drugs. No need for social solidarity.

America bombs weddings at a distance, with no accountability by man or nature. The schools don’t teach, the hospitals don’t heal, the police don’t protect, the government doesn’t govern; yet the band plays on as the bridges crumble and another foreign war begins.“We’re great because we’re good” the churches tell you; little true dialog and ‘our leaders’ projecting our own inner demons onto others alongside a vast inner wasteland of boarded homes and crumbling factories of the country where the only thing missing is a fact-check from neutral parties.

A man subjected to a government that he doesn’t want, is a slave. There’s no difference, in principle between political and chattel slavery. Each denies a man’s ownership of himself and his efforts.

We vote for candidates that promise no more wars and then get more wars. In America we’re expected to adopt the ‘truth’ of the day as in Orwell’s 1984, believing the politically correct lies about various groups and so political group think marches on. We speak of our connection to the English empire, making our own almost in its image, ignoring that the English are despised for the way they swaggered around the world, as America now does.

If voting worked, wouldn’t it have worked by now? After generations of voting in national elections, shouldn’t we be nose-deep in justice and liberty? ‘Too big to fail’ bailouts, endless wars, and Obamacare were opposed by something like ninety per cent of ‘consumers’ yet they became law. Shall we continue to imagine a miraculous transformation is just an election away?

From pre-school, we’re taught to worship the state. In the public ‘education’ system schoolchildren perform the Pledge of Allegiance each morning. Political rallies and government meetings are still often begun with that pledge habit. We have come to equate the flag, the pledge and the national anthem with patriotism, and patriotism with government, country and support for government, support for foreign wars and veterans. Anything less is ‘un-American’.

Wars aren’t for patriotism and ‘democracy’ as we’re propagandized. ‘Our’ wars are to kill, for profit. Big business and global bankers reap massive profits from the sacrifice of young men on all sides of combat. All of this comes from the legitimization provided for by the ‘voting’ charade.

People who elect corrupt politicians aren’t victims but accomplices.

Voting is a tool for tyrants; they need the blame shifted from themselves to the willing accomplices/voters for the crimes they commit and those uncommitted up to the time they resume their wicked tasks of threatening, fining, kidnapping, maiming and killing selected targets who happen into the sight of the government machine focused on its latest project.

Your attendance in government schools was a finishing process to make sure you slaves think you’re free. Who in their right mind can contend that voting has made them free? If you vote, don’t complain. You put the leash in your mouth and handed the keys to your cage to a psychopath in a suit.

Our fellow citizens are willing to destroy all that America is supposed to mean in order to simply ‘win’. Win what? Win against other Americans? Win against the rule of law? Win against legitimacy of government? Win against proper governance? A vote in America is a vote for the rule of the jungle, the rule of might over right.

Trump did not change the fact that we’re ungovernable under our current government version. People don’t want freedom, and you’re greatly mistaken if you think this recent election was about anything other than jobs, corruption and immigration. Politicians are the biggest liars on the planet. They will say whatever they think a voter wants to hear so they can get his vote.

Most Americans don’t vote because the political system doesn’t represent them. We’ve been disenfranchised by decades of corrupt, unrepresentative politicians. America’s oligarchy ‘elected’ by a minority of voters ruled by a smaller minority of disliked politicians who represent an even smaller minority of billionaires and special interests. We’re told ‘consumers’ who voted for the black guy allegedly refused to vote for the woman because they’re intolerant.

I read that ‘our government’ tells us the Russians interfered in ‘our election’. Everyone is appalled and angry they would do such a thing to ‘our’ fine ‘democracy but they forget the things the Empire has done which are much worse, even if the Russians did actually mess in our process. What was worse? We’ve overthrown nearly every country to our south several times just for starters.

“The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship, you don’t have to waste your time voting.” Charles Bukowski


Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.”-  H. L. Mencken

Freedom begins between the ears.”.- Edward Abbey


– Craig Dudley

Auld Lang Syne

As I reflect on the past year, I am genuinely surprised the great majority of us are still here and in more or less the same condition corporately as we were 365 days ago. The world continues to be in turmoil, notably Europe and the US politically and the Middle East is an ever present source of news and morbid politics fascination as we sit in the awkward silence waiting for the Western world to answer the great question of their generation. The silence has only just been broken in the US and UK, but the matter is far from decided. Whether we go quietly into the night as a culture and people, relegated to past triumphs and dusty historical tomes or find the vitality to once again secure a place for ourselves among the cultures of this world will etch its mark indelibly into this coming year as it has in 2016. My record of picking presidential candidates, unmarred since Clinton’s second term, was snapped. The most unlikely of political candidates now stands poised to become president. Nearly ten months ago I first put my fingers on the keyboard and wrote my first post. In many ways it was my own personal way of spitting on my hands and hoisting the black flag. Prior to that many of you knew me by a few of the comments I had made on various blogs, but rather than simply be a spectator to the very real information and psychological struggle that was being waged, I elected to be a participant. I will be the first to admit it is not the true solution to the problem, nor everything one can do, but every mind swayed and individual influenced is a tiny bit of progress.

20100201223744_img_5093Since then I have had the great privilege to correspond with many of you, in person and via other means, and have been truly humbled by the overwhelming level of encouragement and respect for my ideas many of you have shown me. Those who insist we are uneducated, unsophisticated and intellectually myopic need only to scroll through the vast majority of the comments here and my inbox to know that is anything but the case.  I may be the one whose name is on the site, but it is each of you that truly makes this work, particularly those who have helped provide content for this site. Every email, tweet, share, repost and comment you make pushes a better narrative and makes the adults in the room heard just a little bit more. Thank you. I would also like to thank Pete, Kenny, NCScout, JC Dodge and all the others who have reposted and provided words of encouragement and directed traffic my way. I couldn’t have gotten this off the ground without you. Lineman, brother you are what gives me hope for the future of this movement. We are nothing if not a community and the sooner we realize that the better. In the words of the philosopher Iceman, ‘you can be my wingman anytime.’

A person you rarely hear about other than in passing, probably wields more influence over this site than anyone other than myself. My wife is a woman of singular character and resolve, tempered by the very rare ability to be open to new ideas. She is the silent partner to this, supporting a harried and often absentminded husband while I spend hours on a single post after a day at work. Virginia Freeman’s Society would be a poorer place without her inspiration and encouragement. She reminds me daily of the reasons why we do what we do, and who we do it for.

Given this past year, I cannot begin to imagine what the next year has in store for us. What I do know is that the events happening on the Potomac can have a significantly less impact on your life if you are surrounded by a community of resilient individuals. As much as I enjoy political theater and participating in the commentary about it, the way to make the next year a success in this regard is to be sitting at this time next year with a group of people who can and will sustain each other during the worst of times. At that moment you will realize how truly irrelevant the statists are and how impotent their ideology is. By that standard this year has been enormously successful and I look back over the last dozen months and realize there is an inverse correlation with your community ties and the influence of talking heads and empty suits a thousand miles away. We are the future, we are the producers, innovators, and job creators. I’ll leave you with this, you cannot conquer a free man, the most you can do is kill him. Be a free man.

Jesse James


PseudoPolitik: Lies, Lies and More Lies

In an effort to give you more content and a wider array of thought on the issues that matter most, I will continue to publish guest posts that meet my standards for publication. Should there be sufficient interest, I will post a rubric for potential editorials and any technical articles readers would like to submit. 

-Jesse James

We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.

-CIA Director Colby

unknown‘Our free press’ is screaming, with no public evidence, that Russia is subverting and seizing control of ‘our’ government through the election of Trump.

Trump said that the system was ‘rigged’ against him so he would lose. The response from Democrats and the media was instant and furious as they raced to denounce his ‘unprecedented’ attack on democracy. After Hillary lost Obama told us about ‘fake news’. Democrats are doing what they accused Trump of planning to do if he lost the election; question the results thereby damaging the trust of Americans in their system. If the Russians were involved why did we only hear of it after Hillary lost?

We’re told Russia tampered with our voting process by providing Wikileaks with lots of hacked information about Hillary’s history of corruption and militarism, which may have influenced the election because, unlike most information given to voters, it’s all true. Someone did America a favor by bringing real transparency to the dark corners of the Clinton-run political mafia. If Russians really did hack everyone under the sun, what about all those hundreds of billions that were supposedly spent on “keeping us safe”?

We’re told Russia corrupted our election by releasing proof that Hillary and the DNC had already corrupted the election process. Who’s the actual criminal here, and who’s just a witness: Those blaming the Russians for ‘fake news’ and ‘election interference’ are the ones who were saying that Hillary was a shoe-in for president. Many of those blamed for spreading Russian propaganda were the ones who spread the information released by Wikileaks about the Clinton crime family. The party that rigged its own primary is blaming its loss on Russians.

The ‘official’ media is horrified that Trump isn’t automatically deferring to the CIA’s leaked claim alleging Russia interference.  The CIA’s fiction became a media story with no attempt to prove it. Evidently if you’re for peace, you’re a Russian agent.

Simple logic demolishes the CIA claims. They ‘know the individuals’ involved, yet under Obama, the Empire has been absolutely ruthless in its persecution of whistleblowers, and its pursuit of foreign hackers through extradition. We’re supposed to believe that an attempt by a foreign power to destabilize ‘our’ election, even though the CIA knows who the individuals are, nobody is going to be arrested or extradited, or, if Russian, subject to more trade restrictions. The anonymous claims of “We know it was the Russians” are predictable.

Wikileaks has clearly said the leaks didn’t come from Russians: “they are not hacks, they are insider leaks”. It should be said repeatedly, that if Hillary hadn’t connived with the DNC to fix the primaries to disadvantage Bernie, if she hadn’t received advance notice of live debate questions to use against Bernie, if she hadn’t accepted massive ‘donations’ to the Clinton foundation and family in return for foreign policy influence, none of this would have happened.

The expected attitude is: why isn’t Russia like America who never interferes in other countries. The Empire is horrified that Syria and Russia are attacking ISIS in Aleppo because civilians will be killed but forget that when speaking about their own attack on ISIS in Mosul.

“Does anyone seriously think that Russia can somehow influence the choice of the American people?” Putin asked in October. “Is America some sort of a banana republic?”

Twenty years ago Time magazine wrote about how American advisors helped Yeltsin win the Russian election. Now they’re outraged that Putin may have intervened in ‘our election’.

The CIA, leaking allegations that Russia has interfered with the election, has been responsible for the overthrow of countless foreign governments: Whether those leaders were elected democratically had no bearing on the agency’s subversive and military tactics when America dictated the supposed necessity of such a move.

media-massa‘Our free press’ asserts that it was a “Russian hack” from which the election relevant emails and other papers leaked. No evidence has been presented to support that claim. The CIA lied about WMDs in Iraq among countless lies over the years and ‘consumers’ must assume that anything that follows “the CIA says” is a lie or at least obfuscation.

Glenn Greenwald called all this: “classic American journalism of the worst sort: The key claims are based exclusively on the unverified assertions of anonymous officials, who in turn are disseminating their own claims about what the C.I.A. purportedly believes, all based on evidence that remains completely secret.”

The truth of the emails isn’t in question. It’s their alleged Russian origin. Former top NSA official William Binney has said that if Russia was the source the NSA would have conclusive proof.

Why are elements inside the CIA trying to prevent Trump from becoming president? The ruling oligarchy doesn’t want any changes in policy toward Russia or the offshoring of American jobs. Clearly, they’re willing to operate against a president-elect. Are they willing to go further?

It might also be informative to mention in this context, Operation Northwoods, the secret plan that the national-security establishment proposed to President Kennedy in 1962. It called for terrorist attacks and plane hijackings by American operatives posing as agents of Cuba, to provide an excuse for invading Cuba. ‘Our government’ has been meddling in other countries for most of its history.

The Senate just passed the “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” speaking about “countering disinformation and propaganda”. The bill, when signed by Obama, will effectively give the government a full mandate to punish, shut down or otherwise prosecute, any website it deems offensive and a source of “foreign government propaganda from Russia, China or other nations”.  All that will be required to eliminate any dissent will be the government’s word. This is to close those that report information outside the establishment bubble. Most ‘consumers’ won’t miss the first amendment though because they have enough diversions to occupy their attention.

Many Americans have no idea of our national and international reality beyond what ‘our free press’ feeds them and so they absorb all that misinformation as though it’s real, in spite of having no trust in the source. You can hide from reality, but it won’t hide from you. Those who blindly believe whatever fake news government and the media feed them have never studied real history. The current hysteria over ‘fake news’ by people who have done more than their own fair share of faking news is both hilarious and stupid.

The Empire says the elections in Syria and Russia aren’t legitimate, calling Assad ‘illegitimate’ and now they want to play this same game here. America interferes with governments worldwide and now it’s offended that the same might have been done to it?

This is a coordinated effort to take everything that the government does not want people sharing online and slap labels on it: ‘hate speech’, ‘cyber bullying’, ‘fake news’, ‘Russian propaganda’ and justify censoring it. Many ‘consumers’ have the intellectual capacity of a multi-colored beach ball and accept all that they’re sold by ‘official sources’. This is banana republic crap. We no longer believe in our own system. ‘Our government’ including the CIA is specialized in non-stop lying.

How do you conquer a nation? Distract them with games, political circuses and consumerism. Keep them focused on their differences, economic, religious, environmental, political, racial, so they can never agree on anything. When they’re so divided that they’re incapable of joining forces against a common threat, start picking them off one by one. Americans have yet to agree on anything, especially the source of their oppression. This is how tyrants come to, and stay in power.

The ‘fake news freak-out’ can mean anything, especially ‘news I disagree with’. ‘Fake news’, whatever that is in the land of free speech, has been equated with ‘foreign propaganda’ so censorship will be more easily swallowed. These are the goals of the globalists.  They’re already at war with Russia in Ukraine and Syria so, in their view, the desire for peace is treason. The ruling oligarchs are attacking the creation and distribution of competing ideas and narratives. Soon we’ll have a ministry of truth.

The American propaganda organs are functioning as usual, with self-righteous arrogance, whipping up public sentiment against the “evildoers” so Washington can drag the country into another imperial war of expansion. Putin didn’t steal the election from Hillary. Obama did. People wanted change, and they didn’t get it, so they moved on to Door Number two.

Whatever you think of Trump, clearly the oligarchs who rule us fear him. The oligarchs are trying to keep Trump out of the presidency, and they are trying to associate truthful reporting with foreign influence.” Paul Craig Roberts

This episode is a massive condemnation of American authority, threatening to turn into violent conflict. The people involved on both sides of the supposed political divide resemble dogs fighting over scraps. Obama told us Russian election interference, and talk radio and “fake news” were the deciding factors in how about 120 million people voted.

America is furious that someone has allegedly finally done something to it that it, itself, has been doing to others for decades.

– Craig Dudley

Hamilton Electors: The Left’s misplaced confidence and its potentially deadly consequences

A revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe…you have to make it fall.

Che Guevara 

I did not join the resistance movement to kill people, to kill the nation. Look at me now. Am I a savage person? My conscience is clear.

Pol Pot

Part of what I do at work would probably be best described as a fixer, not in the nefarious sense, but basically the person on the other end of the phone when things have gone sideways. A few times I have run across someone equal parts confident and obtuse who refused to modify their behavior despite overwhelming evidence. The person would be so stuck on putting the square peg into the round hole that by the time I got there they had irreparably harmed the situation.  An example would be if someone continued to drive a vehicle after they observed 7 quarts of Motorcraft in a puddle under the truck, and then be utterly flabbergasted when the motor locked up. Confidence and ignorance can be a lethal combination. If the Left, those clueless and those malevolent, succesfully undermines the electoral process, the resulting reality check will be lethal to many Americans.

Landmass that voted for Trump in 2016
Landmass that voted for Hillary in 2016

I do not doubt the suggestion seems perfectly reasonable to some distraught Clinton voters, a man they see as the literal antichrist is taking office and the people who voted for him are all that is wrong with the world in their minds. Deplorable sums it up perfectly. Not their tax dollars and military service, mind you. Just because we can’t be trusted to vote doesn’t mean we can’t be sent to fight the wars of our betters and pay 40% of our income to a government that only cares what we think so long as it is within their narrow definition of ‘reasonable.’ The entire election was not about a ‘white-lash’ or other nonsense spouted by clueless pundits. Michigan and Wisconsin did not magically become Aryanland and Nazitopia between 2012 and 2016, that is simply an indefensible position. Median income in Wisconsin was roughly $47,000 in 2005, and as of last year was $55,600. Using laughable CPI rates that translates to a $3,000 pay cut in purchasing power, corresponding with beef prices up almost 200%, 140% increase in bread, 160% increase in eggs, ~125% increase in electricity and a 135% increase in chicken. If I am a person in Wisconsin, I’ve seen a 20-30% increase in prices at the grocery store and if I’m lucky enough to still have a decent job, it hasn’t kept up with even the ridiculous 2% inflation rate the CPI claims. Regardless of how they do the mental judo to tie down inflation to that level, the point is that wages have stagnated for at least a decade. The average person realizes this and the market has reacted in many areas, the most obvious being car loans that are approaching mortgage lengths. The DNC has long ignored the heartland and Trump spoke to those who felt they had no voice. Enough listened and whatever their opinions on the 63 genders now available, felt putting food on the table and the heat on in the winter were more pressing necessities.

Rather than look at hard figures and come to reasonable conclusions that don’t involve 50M Americans turning into Heinrich Himmler clones, the left has instead elected to run what little is left of American’s belief in the rule of law through a buzz saw. I’m doubtful this electoral coup has any chance of working, but the mere attempt indicated how utterly mistaken about the social dynamics many people are and how immune to evidence or reason that contravenes their narrow view of how Americans think. I don’t believe many outside the existing power structure have malevolent intent, but rather narcissism that renders them incapable of even considering how their actions affect others. Regardless, demanding the election be overturned to fit the whims of even a simple majority reveals a distain and ignorance that would create the most extreme levels of blowback and civil disobedience at best. So in an effort to make your life easier and possibly more entertaining, I offer the following for those very mistaken about how things stand at this moment. Feel free to copy and paste.

Messrs. & Mesdames,

I know you feel righteously indignant about the election results. A lot of people in the media and political apparatchik are advocating for an electoral college revolt, wherein the electors vote against the popular vote of their respective states out of allegiance to New York and California voters and deny their own state’s wishes. However, many among you seem to vastly misunderstand the dynamics and stark realities of the situation. Let me game out the very real, very possible reaction to this by all those deplorables that might, just might, not take it very well being told voting was for naught and to get back in line. Assuming enough of the electorates overturn the popular vote in their states, it makes the enormous brick thrown through the window of the establishment by a majority of states all for naught. To say many would be displeased is an understatement of rather epic proportions. Let us frame it in a different light. The people you just told to go pound sand on average purchase enough firearms in three months to outfit the Russian and Chinese frontline troops. Every. Three. Months. Those guys who were entrusted to go become experts at fighting insurgents and came home to better quality small arms in the private sector than they were issued, carved an entire market out of teaching what they learned from Uncle Sam to people with the coin and and the desire. You just told all of those guys to go pound sand. Not all are pipe hitters with steely eyes and camo. Many are farmers, utility workers, work in the oil fields, drive the big trucks that bend and go tshhh, tshhh when they brake, and produce thousands of things you never give a second glance to. The people who work 50-60 hours a week to feed, heat, and transport the nation. To really make sure we all got the point, it has been made abundantly clear that there is a desire to strip us of any voice online and silence those who do not conform to the appropriate level of ‘tolerance.’ I’m an eternal optimist, but I don’t believe silencing and stripping the votes of the opposition, who own the vast majority of the 400-600M firearms in the US, bodes well for anyone.

You may think it untoward and hyperbole that people would react so…dramatically. I am not a violent man, nor are the vast majority of people I referenced above. Quite the opposite in fact, the people I think most likely to be absolutely intractable if you continue to pursue this road are those rooted in ideals greater than a case of political poor sportsmanship. Many of you have absolutely no concept of our culture, our values and where our sense of identity is derived. The reason I am willing to die defending my home is not because of any tangible goods inside it, the person inside it and the trust she has in me to keep her safe means that I have no other choice. The idea is what overrides any thought of self-preservation and makes me unwilling to live with the consequences of failure, demanding I either prevail or die in the process. It is my responsibility, not the cops, not the government’s, mine.  Simply put, on this present course you are setting yourself at war, not with a political movement, not with a people group or any box you can check on the census, but with a set of ideals…a culture. Usurping the established electoral process, the last vestige of legitimacy amongst the decades of broken promises, lies, and betrayals, leaves a whole lot of people with simply no recourse left. You strip a man of his voice, politically and socially…demand nearly half of what he earns, and what would you have him do? Grin and bear it? A man may bear many things for his family and friends, but there comes a time when his core ideals are so violated that his conscience demands he either correct the situation or die in the pursuit. To continue is not to live, but to merely exist and is death of the soul rather than just the body. Another said it best, it is better to die on your feet than live on your knees.

I hope by now you have a sense of why this road leads to something far worse than anything Trump could ever accomplish in four years. I can empathize with you, and do not mistake my plea for sanity as tacit approval of him. I don’t care about the person, I care about the office, and the process. A government who demands my taxes and obedience whilst stripping me of my duly elected representation is the casus belli enshrined in our Founding Documents. Work to repeal the electoral college if you must, and hold the Trump administration accountable. However, do not resort to leaving the bounds of lawful governance in the vain hope of salvaging political setbacks. Because should you do so, it frees any and all obligations I posses to the government and becomes a nation of occupation. I don’t bear hatred toward those of different political persuasions than myself, and I want those marching towards the conflagration to do so with open eyes. Millions of Americans are either cowards or forbearing. I do not wish to find out, and neither should you. I’ve made peace with dying for my principles, are you willing to do the same for Hillary Clinton? If that question makes you uncomfortable then perhaps you should consider exactly what is at stake here. It certainly isn’t just a presidency.

Jesse James

*Some minor edits were made to grammar, due to bleary eyes not catching it late last night. I also changed delegates to electors in the title, as it is the more correct term.