Last week’s roughhousing and brutishness amongst the Michele Bachmann security guards against reporters was similar to Bachmann goons roughing up ABC’s Brian Ross. When asked if he was ever roughed up like that before, he answered, “A few times. Mostly by Mafia people.” This reflects how, as the government gets bigger and more powerful, so does its police enforcement apparatus, and thus, as I noted recently, such powers of coercion and aggression draw to it those more prone to committing acts of aggression and criminality and/or supporting them.
This further news of Bachmann goon criminality reminded me of the incident at an Alaska U.S. senate campaign event at a public building in which security guards for then-candidate Joe Miller (R-Neanderthal) roughed up a reporter and then handcuffed and arrested him. Miller’s private security guards arrested a reporter! Besides the punkish lawlessness of his bodyguards, Miller also believes in secrecy, as he objected to anyone looking into his background. And Bachmann herself has supported government keeping secrets from the people, yet supports the government’s having the power to arbitrarily intrude itself into people’s private lives, through her support of the Patriot Act.
On the one hand, Bachmann is for “small government” and the Constitution. On the other hand, she supports George W. Bush’s unconstitutional Big Government Patriot Act and the wasteful spending of hundreds of billions of dollars on the military-industrial-complex. No wonder Michele Bachmann is a pill-popping, migraine-suffering mental basketcase.
These Big Government conservatives, who support having a military stationed in and trespassing on every other part of the world, forcing American taxpayers to fund such government expansionism and intrusions, are authoritarians, and they love the use of rule-by-aggression, as directed from a top-down authority against the people, without question and with a demand for obedience. They are no different from the Obama-Soviet leftists who crave the same way of life.
All these authoritarian people share a love for and obedience to authority. It’s just that, which people to put in place and which ideologies must be shoved down the throats of the people may differ between the left-wing authoritarians and the right-wing authoritarians.
Now, I know a lot of people are in denial and don’t want to acknowledge the impending economic collapse or are living in a dreamworld of false hope for some “recovery” that’s still based on our inherently flawed system of centralization and government monopolies. But we have seen that the militarists, such as Bachmann and Obama, are calling for more warmongering violence against other countries, such as Syria and Iran, and based solely on paranoia and ignorance, and the cradle-to-grave communists like Obama are calling for more and more State control over every aspect of daily life, from health care to financial fascism.
None of this is possible without becoming the totalitarian tyranny that it already is becoming. This is all leading to total bankruptcy and collapse, rioting and looting and civil unrest. The masses amongst the population will become as much criminals as the employees of the government. Why? Because central planning, besides consisting of immoral usurpations, trespasses and thefts of private wealth, property and liberty, just doesn’t work.
Now, when the economy does collapse, the dictator in the White House will try to impose martial law, which basically is nation-wide suspension of civil liberties. However, such a scheme will be an act of criminality on Obama’s part, and each and every governor of each and every state must overrule the federal dictator and not allow enforcement of such federal martial law to occur in his or her state.
So, in the case of Obama’s imposing martial law, to what or to whom would members of the military, National Guard, or a local police forces legally owe their loyalty? Would that be to Obama? No, their loyalty must remain to the people and to the protection of their liberty. For those who believe that the police or military’s loyalty is primarily to the president, and that such people must obey all orders given by the president, then they support dictatorship, pure and simple.
When they are administered an oath, these military and law enforcement people are obligated by law to obey and follow the law, not to obey the president (or governor, or mayor, etc.). The Oath Keepers organization makes that clear (here and here). If you are someone in the military or police, and if a commander or superior officer, or president gives you an unlawful order — that you know is unlawful — you are obligated by law to disobey that order. And this includes martial law.
Here is why martial law is unlawful, and any American political official who imposes it should be arrested and charged with whatever violations of individuals’ rights to life, liberty and property are applicable, and charged with treason. Martial law is the suspension of civil liberties. This includes the people’s God-given right to bear arms and right of self-defense, the right to be secure in one’s person, papers, houses and effects, the right to not be apprehended (kidnapped) and detained (held hostage) without actual suspicion of having committed some actual crime against someone’s person or property, and the right to freedom of speech and the right to dissent and criticize criminal government bureaucrats and their goons. These are amongst the many God-given rights we have.
These rights to life and liberty, basically the right of the individual to own one’s life and the right to be free from the aggression of others, are, as referred to in the Declaration of Independence, unalienable or inalienable rights. This is a recognition that such individual rights belong to the individual inherently, as given to one by God or nature, and they may not be taken away.
No, the government doesn’t give us those rights, and neither does the Constitution. Those rights are natural, inherent rights that we have as human beings. Therefore, martial law, the suspension of such rights and liberty, is a criminal act of aggression imposed by the State. In fact, most if not all acts of the State are criminal acts of aggression against the lives, liberty and property of the people.
Hurricane Irene has turned out to not be the major problem for some places like New York City and Eastern Massachusetts as had been feared (although it has been a problem for a lot of people elsewhere), much to the disappointment of the totalitarian control-freak fear-mongering government bureaucrats like Mayor Bloomberg and others of his fascist ilk. But we did get a glimpse into what happens when government exploits disasters for its own ends, and for the ends of government-employed criminals and mobsters, during Hurricane Katrina.
With one government intrusion after another, day after day, the Anti-Federalists are proven right. For the above reasons, we had better decentralize America, just as the Soviet Union did. And de-monopolize activities such as community policing and territorial security away from compulsory government, disarm all government employees and allow only the people — civilians — to exercise their right to self-defense and their right to bear arms. Government centralization and monopolization of these activities only invite the employees of such institutionalized aggressions to be criminals and punks run amok.
And this decentralization and de-monopolization should also apply to all other central planning usurpations by the government, and other forced monopoly schemes, such as the Federal Reserve System especially, and retirement and medical care as well.