What Is The Best Method Of Rebellion Against Tyranny?

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This article was written by Brandon Smith and originally published at Alt-Market.com

I have heard it often said that there is no one right way to accomplish a goal. I agree. However, I would add that while there is no such thing as “one right way” to achieve an objective, this does not mean there aren’t numerous WRONG ways to achieve an objective.

Doing “something” is not always better than doing nothing if that “something” is based on terrible strategy. Unfortunately, there are people out there with otherwise good intentions, even in the liberty movement, that seem to think that taking action without planning is preferable to patience. They do not understand that there is such a thing as negative returns.

The reality is that action is easy. Patience and planning are difficult. Emotional reaction is simple. Quiet professionalism is complicated.

This is the dynamic that is plaguing the liberty movement today; the battle between our emotional drive to jump headlong into conflict with our progressively corrupt establishment, and the absolute necessity for intelligent strategy and proper timing.

The issue here is not “fighting.” Most of us know and accept the fact that a fight is coming whether we like it or not. I say by all means, let’s fight, but fighting is not enough. If we fight, we must fight TO WIN, and this requires fighting smart.

On the other side of the coin, the weak handed and weak hearted will argue that fighting in any respect is “useless” or “immoral” and will result in failure.  This is the pacifist camp, which never produces much in the way of practical solutions.  There are very useful and peaceful methods for non-participation and nullification, most of which I am happy to promote.  That said, non-participation is only part of the battle.  If you are dealing with a psychopathic adversary (which we are), ultimately that adversary will use overt violence to stop you from nullifying their authority.  If you are not willing to use active self defense against true evil based on some deluded Gandhi complex, then you and the historical memory of you will be erased.  It is perfectly possible for a person to fight in self defense while maintaining his core principles.

If you fight, then there is a chance.  If you do not fight, then failure is guaranteed.  The “odds” are irrelevant.  How you fight (fighting smart) is the only matter of importance.

Recently I have seen a growing contingent of people within the movement that seek a fight but question the concept of planning or waiting. They’ll argue that planning is somehow impractical, or that there will never be a perfect time for action. This way of thinking has only been inflated by the latest events in Burns, Oregon.

The Oregon standoff is a stunning example of how emotional action leads to failure and tragedy. Many will argue over the circumstances surrounding the death of Lavoy Finicum — did he reach into his jacket, or was he reacting to being shot? Were the police officers involved in fear for their lives, or were they out for blood? The majority of liberty activists will undoubtedly assume malicious intent on the part of the government due to their track record of murder and lies. I don’t blame them. That said, I would point out that while Finicum may be dead because of ill intent on the part of trigger happy cops, he was put in that position in the first place due to inadequate planning and leadership.

The argument that the FBI should have never been in Burns in the first place overlooks the fact that Bundy and team, strategically speaking, should not have been there either. They could have been in a far better position if only they had thought their conundrum through.

Oregon and the death of Finicum are not failures on the part of the liberty movement. They are failures on the part of Bundy and team, who refused to listen to scores of people with far more experience and knowledge in such situations; the same people who tried to help the occupiers adjust their tactics and offer them safer ground and safer footing. The failure in Oregon is what happens when amateurs, not just in training but in tactical philosophy, undertake a rebellion.

Some will argue that experienced tacticians within the movement (and there are many) refused to show up for the fight, and thus sentenced the occupiers to defeat. I would argue that the Oregon standoff was FUBAR from the very beginning. From its inception it was doomed. Half the movement saw it plain as day. For me, the end result was obvious.

A team of well-meaning but unorganized and untrained activists thrust themselves into a situation beyond their capabilities and under the potential influence of agents provocateur. There was no vetting for random strangers seeking to join their ranks; no direct goals and no clearly defined strategy, only vague demands and notions. No thought of planning one or two steps ahead, let alone five steps ahead. A circus atmosphere inspiring public ridicule rather than public respect. A complete lack of understanding of the gravity of the situation leading to a false sense of safety and comfort, or in some cases even hubris.

This is why most liberty tacticians had no interest in showing up to the Oregon standoff; not because they were fearful, not because they are “sunshine patriots,” not because they are waiting for a “perfect” moment that will never come to kick off a revolution. They did not show up because it was a scenario that could not be salvaged. It was a carnival. Period.

To compare events to the first American Revolution, I do not see the standoff and the shooting of Finicum as a Lexington Green moment (though it hasn’t fully ended yet). Rather, I see it as a Boston Massacre moment. The Boston Massacre was an absolute tragedy, but also not a cut-and-dry affair. John Adams, acting as legal defense for the British soldiers accused of initiating bloodshed, realized that the Sons Of Liberty were desperate to use the event politically to rally support for direct revolution, but also understood that the timing and the circumstances were utterly wrong. The Sons of Liberty wanted to hold up the Boston Massacre as a symbol of ALL the oppression the colonials suffered under the crown. Adams, though an avid champion of the cause, correctly treated it as a singular tragedy and not an opportunity for exploitation.

The colonials would eventually enter into revolution at Lexington and Concord; clearly defined defensive scenarios in which the militia obstructed the path of British soldiers sent to arrest leaders of the Sons of Liberty (Samuel Adams and John Hancock), as well as to confiscate firearms and black powder caches. The militia had a direct goal (to impede the British from reaching Adams and Hancock) and the British used clear and overt force against them, resulting in an immediate and violent justified response by other militias. This is one right way to start a rebellion.

So if Oregon represents an example of the wrong way to do things, what is a better way? I described alternative methods with a much greater chance of success in my article “Real Strategies For Removing Federal Presence From Western Lands,” but I would like to explore beyond specific tactics and discuss mindset — the overall philosophy behind a winning rebellion in our modern era.

Divided We Win, United We Fall

This might sound counter-intuitive; I’ll explain.

A movement should be united in its stance and its values in order to succeed and I believe the liberty movement is indeed united for the most part on these terms. However, when it comes to concrete action the more centralized our efforts the less we will achieve and the more likely we are to fail.

I find it interesting that whenever a call goes out to the movement to take action it usually involves concentrating large masses of us into a small area with no outlined plan or directives. With the exception of Bundy Ranch, which I believe was entirely organic in how it came about, most of these calls to arms are initiated by questionable personalities or people possibly under the influence of provocateurs who seek to march us all into a box, whether it be a bridge in Washington, D.C. or a scrub brush refuge in Oregon. In the face of a vastly superior opponent in terms of arms and technology, it seems to me that the establishment would prefer us all to be hyper-focused on only one battle space at one time, putting all our eggs in one basket and leaving us vulnerable.

Instead, a rebellion in this day and age must be asymmetric in nature; meaning smaller groups acting covertly on their own initiative everywhere rather than in only one place. Amassing in one small region might be useful under very specific conditions, but if you want to pose an actual threat to a large criminal system, you need hundreds of events, all of them far better planned than Oregon.

Organization Through Localism

If you cannot even secure your own family or your own neighborhood from potential threats, then why would you expect to be successful in projecting out to a whole other state and community and securing it instead? Local organization is more important than national organization or grand posturing on the national stage. If you can strengthen your own community while others do the same across the country, then the effects will be felt nationally by default.

Far more can be accomplished through localism than by rolling the dice on mass theatricality and Alamo-style tactics.

Communications Networking

Unity does not come best through concentrated action but through solid communications. The fact that most of the liberty movement has no coms networks outside of the mainstream grid is a sad state of affairs that will lead to our downfall. As far as my information shows, the Oregon occupiers had no ham radio communications and relied primarily on cell phones. This is a disaster waiting to happen.

When there is a national network of ham operators providing communications to the liberty movement, then and only then can we claim to have the means to organize effectively outside of our own communities. Do not assume for a second that you will have access to mainstream grid communications when you need them.

Prepare To Aid People Outside The Movement

The establishment would like nothing more than for the liberty movement to completely isolate itself from the general public. The more we refuse to interact with our communities the easier it will be to paint us as dangerous outsiders. The more we offer valuable services and training to a community, such as classes on emergency medical response, personal defense against active shooters, food storage and preparedness, etc., the more likely we will be seen as valuable assets to that community in the wake of a crisis.

I have been undertaking such efforts in my own community for the past couple of years and have met many excellent people who are of like mind but not necessarily “activists” in the traditional sense. If you discount efforts to improve your local situation and to build bridges, you do so at your own peril.

Focus On The True Culprits

Eventually, someone is going to have to bring the international banking elites to justice for their direct influence over government corruption and destructive economic policy. Making stands against the Bureau of Land Management and other questionable federal agencies might be a necessary part of this fight, but the fight will never end until the original perpetrators are removed at the root. Beware of any group or “leader” who calls you to action but ignores the money-elite; they are probably more interested in exploiting you than helping you.

Quiet Professionalism

Perhaps most important of all is the need for liberty activists to adopt an attitude of quiet professionalism. This means analyzing situations objectively. This means having one’s heart in the right place without being driven emotionally. This means attaining personal excellence in any field of knowledge that might help you to gain victory.

Winning this fight will require the extraordinary dedication of extraordinary individuals; anything less will result in disaster. Giving our all does not mean simply being willing to sacrifice our lives. That may be what happens, but this cannot be our only trump card. If you are not striving every day to master your own skills and initiative then you are not giving your all. If you are not organizing effectively at the local level because you assume no one will listen to you, then learn to communicate better and try again. If your only plan is to go out guns blazing, then you might as well stay home because you will do more harm for the movement than good.

Become a local pillar rather than a mere complainer. Seek to produce results rather than demanding others do it for you. When you act, act intelligently. Be steady in your resolve and do not let anger or panic rule your thinking. Be fair in your assessments, and above all, once again, if you fight, fight to win. Fighting merely in the name of fighting is a fool’s game.

If the movement had 10,000 individuals of this caliber victory would be assured against any odds.

Comments

  1. OK-4-Life 10 February, 2016, 12:29

    There’s also the saying that a bad plan today is better than a good plan tomorrow. Thinking and conceiving and basically letting everything else happen that could have been prevented happen while you sit back and wait isn’t a plan at all. It’s called indifference.

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    • Brandon Smith Author 10 February, 2016, 12:37

      That’s the dumbest “saying” I have ever heard. No true tactician would ever make that claim. A badly planned action today is worse than taking no action at all. Some people do not seem to be able to grasp the fact that there is such a thing as negative returns.

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  2. Robert D. 10 February, 2016, 13:22

    Forums such as this one that O.K.’s provides is of immense importance. I have always had a high regard for Mr. Smith and all that he puts out. I also have great appreciation for all that is expressed contrasting or even disagreeing with Mr. Smith. Through discussions such as the ones above comes more clarity, more focus and clearer vision.
    I have a level of respect for all opinions being expressed, whether I agree with them or not; at least active participation is taking place!
    We ARE in the fight and we ARE continuously refining ourselves through experience.
    Thank you ALL for standing forth!
    And thank you very few men who keep this website up and running!
    Through ALL that is happening, the U.S. citizenry is being compelled to awaken in some degree, which will lead us to taking BACK OUR POWER from a rogue criminal government that has stolen it!
    With warm regards,
    Robert D. Gubisch

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  3. Tim 10 February, 2016, 13:39

    The only thing these corrupt politicians fear, is that we would ever organize, arm and sit in front of their buildings in DC and promise not to leave until they make changes or get dragged out by us and prosecuted. And until the leaders of these agencies and their bosses are replaced we could fight hundreds of these fights across this country and get nowhere. The best way to peacefully force change is one massive show of force directly to the head of the snakes.

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  4. Ken 10 February, 2016, 13:48

    Replyed to Brandons post and it didn’t get posted. Why?? No swearing no call for violence just went to cyber space I guess. Well here I will try again. In his original post he made reference to Vietnam, a subject I am very familiar with. I worked in II corp and we worked in LURP’s and Surp”s. Do you really think there is time lets say a 100 years to dig tunnels like the vietcong had real bad comparison. If we would have waken up to this when Reagen got shot maybe? Time is not our friend in this. Let me add for all the key board warriors if it had not been for the Bundys and Ammon we would of all been sitting back wondering why Hillary shouldn’t be in Jail along with Billy boy. So they may have done it wrong but you are dead wrong that people have sweept this under the carpet. Do you really believe Brandon when Travis saw the army of 5000 mexicans facing him down that he had a good plan. When the shot at Concord was fired and they came running out of the church do you really think they had a good plan. Wake up. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog. We sit around pontificating on this when innocent men and women are in jail or dead then we have lost the moral high ground. I attended the funeral of LaVoy and sure as hell saw a lot of good men and women with the heart and the will to stand against this tyranny . Stop with all the legalize and get in the game. Do you think thats why the founders out in the 13th amendment so no lawyers should hold office. If this was about the law hilly and billy would be behind bars. Their finger prints are all over this incident with LaVoy. I hate the thought of violence I fought my war but here we are again. More over there is more than ample info on the net that these jerks in Burns are merc’s and UN troops. I kinda thought that was an act of war. Correct me if I’m wrong? We are not like the vietcong . Our time has run out and 6 pack Joe and the stupid bowl have quit possibly won. The old kids rhyme sticks and stones will hurt my bones but names will never hurt me has past . We should have been doing all the word games a hundred years ago. We and our family’s missed the boat. Take would have could have should have and play with whats left!!!!! GOD will protect us as he did the people in the truck if we let Him. Remember Mi shake Shad rack and Abindigoe. LaVoy put that in one of his videos.
    Ken Weberg

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  5. Walt 10 February, 2016, 15:02

    Brandon spoke of the need for a plan. The only comprehensive one to my knowledge is the one summarized at http://thecnc.org/Documents/RestoringGovernment.htm.

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  6. Zarus 10 February, 2016, 15:57

    Oath Keepers, You have established yourselves as courageous, wise , leaders. There is a downside to this, to some you have become the White Knight , the heros of Americans who don’t know what to do. I was certain Oath Keepers would heroically rescue those who foolishly but courageously rallied in Oregon, you didn’t and we lost a hero in the process, Lavoy Finicum.. Many like me are heart broken and angered, over his loss and the law enforcement who engaged with them are traitors, simple as that. The traitors are alive while an American who fought for our freedoms is dead. I transgress, the point is this, there are thousands maybe millions of Americans who have embraced you as American heros who will fight for us, who we can trust. I guess what I’m trying to say, is you might want to address this view some of us have.

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  7. Mike 10 February, 2016, 16:48

    I agree with your analysis…in a perfect world. I also agree with those who disagree….

    The stumbling block that has been put in place is the ability of the out-of-control government to prevent coordination and planning by accusing those involved of ‘conspiracy’.

    Bogus as it may be in light of our first amendment guarantees, the feds have given themselves a ‘compelling interest’ argument (public safety) to abridge that protection….the very protection put in place to not just allow, but foster views in opposition to an over-reaching government.

    Planning and coordinating would likely be construed by the gov’t as ‘threats and intimidation’ with a goal to prevent them from executing their (illegal and unconstitutional) duties…… Sound familiar?

    Used to be that you could talk amongst yourselves, even plan and coordinate, and nothing could be made of it unless you took concrete actions toward implementing the plans. ENTER the Patriot Act, where it seems that anyone can be branded a terrorist simply by discussing anything that the ‘government’ might perceive as a ‘potential threat’. Add to that the fact that most Constitutional Patriots have actually prepared for possible conflict against tyranny in whatever form it might arise, and it will be used to ‘prove’ that ‘steps have been taken toward concrete actions.’

    Amazing….that when the gov’t plans, coordinates and prepares for possible conflict, in support of their constitutional overreach (actual illegal unconstitutional actions), we aren’t supposed to question their intentions….lest we be branded ‘conspiracy theorists’. But why are they not guilty of conspiracy themselves? …Conspiracy to overthrow the duly constituted limitations intended to constrain the ambitions of a centralized ‘government’.

    Nevertheless, It’s time for ALL Constitutional Patriot Groups to publicly convene and proceed to plan and coordinate contingencies to contain the tyrannical overreach….’just in case’. No advocacy toward action, no threats, no intimidation, just ‘common sense’ (gotta love that adjectival phrase) preparation.

    It’s about time that WE moved forward on ‘common sense’ government control.

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  8. MT Mano 10 February, 2016, 17:12

    Well said Brandon; at no time did the Oregon situation appear to be a winnable strategy. The depiction of the participants, no matter how well intended the individuals were, was one of mockery and derision. At no time did the Liberty Movement control the message, and I do not believe they forwarded our agenda nearly enough for the price that was paid. To think that a lone static, armed standoff in the piney woods would positively impact the movement, with little or no effective media relations was short sighted and ill planned. We must do better, and that will not be accomplished without a sound and endorsed national strategic plan.

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  9. Obbop 11 February, 2016, 06:34

    The current battle is for hearts and minds of the populace. Tyrannical ruling elites have the finest propaganda/indoctrination systems ever created that We, the People must contend with.

    Entire systems of command and control are our enemy; not the mere lackey politicians and bureaucrats operating the systems. Remove the lackey and the system remains with a new lackey serving the elite overlord ruling class.

    Use the tactics of Marketers, publicity agents, advertisers and others who mold minds. Make the masses aware that tyranny has entered all levels of the USA; governance, economics, corporate USA and other aspects of the whole that is America.

    It IS possible to defy then defeat tyranny without a single shot being fired. That is what the Founders and their followers then and now would want us to do. If possible. Strive for a bloodless victory. And while doing all we can to win the battle for hearts and minds We, the People will have ample time to ensure preparations, training and other necessities are honed to a sharp edge if tyrants send their well-paid well-trained well-indoctrinated lackey enforcement arms to start what could result in Revolutionary War Two.

    Let the tyrants initiate evil. Let future historians report that We, the People strove mightily to follow the peaceful path to victory.

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  10. Morpheus 11 February, 2016, 17:48

    “The best laid plans, of mice and men, often go awry”…self sacrifice my brothers; it’s a good faux death. All ancient warriors lived by this creed. From the samurai, to the native Americans. It’s better to die (spiritually) while standing than waste away in frailty; Without purpose nor meaning. It’s about giving your (spiritual) life for a cause. Something you believe in. Something that makes a difference for your children, and future generations. It’s a losing battle. A lost cause. Hopefully it will inspire a new generation of patriots. We can die emotionally, but live on…🇺🇸

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  11. Malakie 11 February, 2016, 18:26

    While I do not agree with the command leadership and the way the Oathkeepers are being managed, this article is ok and I agree with some of the tactical things mentioned.. something I have been talking to those around me about quite extensively. The biggest mistake most are making is just this. Publicly talking about everything they are doing, who they are, location and so on.

    However there are some things, which I state at the end of my comment that I think are completely wrong in this article.. especially a near the end comment made in this article.

    My ‘friends’ and any ‘groups’ any of us may or may not be a part of do not talk about it, we don’t spread the word. We don’t even acknowledge anything at all in fact. There is a whole lot bigger picture here and it is something 98% of those out there are missing.

    But enough of my opinions on that

    And so, and unless I missed it, there is one other huge factor missing in all this including the article. A true and real leader. And THAT we do not have. And the leader will not be someone elected. It will not be someone that gives themselves the power over others. It will not be someone that forms a militia or like group and calls themselves the commander. It will not be a talking head that plays political word games, back and forth about taking a stand then remaining peaceful. It will not be someone that tells others what they are doing is wrong or that what they are feeling is wrong or that they should change their convictions and “save it for a later time”.

    No, a real leader will be the one that people start listening to who tells it like it is. Who has NO interest in getting those around him/her jailed or dead yet has enough tactical experience and training to know how and when to do something AND extract safely from it. Someone that is not looking to start a war but knows it may come to having to fire on others. But more important, someone that when they draw a line STANDS that line no matter what.

    In the case or Oregon, it was a disorganized mess.. in MY opinion. That being said, the groups that constantly talk about being patriots also showed their true colors. What should have happened is an effort to get a show of people in support, UNARMED if need be to make the point that we were not going to just stand by and let this go quietly. While that was taking place they then should have inundated major media and minor media with the FACTS backup by Constitutional Law and precedent.

    If that did not work, then it should escalate until it did work. You see when you say something and draw a line, the ONLY thing that gives that any power is by DOING. If you draw a line only to find reasons and excuses, “oh this is not the right time, live to try again another day” or “don’t do this you will only end up in jail or dead” or so many other excuses I have heard, it pretty much tells everyone that in essence nothing will happen except a lot of keyboard commandos typing bull on the internet and talking tough when in reality they are not willing to stand.

    When tyranny comes calling, you DO NOT HAVE THE CHOICE TO PICK AND CHOOSE YOUR BATTLE.

    You either stand or you don’t. Plain and simple. You either make it clear, make it loud and make it public that you are standing against the wrong being done but you have no intent to escalate things but WILL NOT back down and will hold the line until the wrong(ed) has been made right by whatever means, change in the law, the courts, whatever.

    Finally, the other thing lacking is the obvious tactical knowledge and training.. but more important the planning of any of this. If you truly are going to stand, you don’t go off half cocked on a whim. You take as much time as you can before you have to act and insure you have a tactical sound plan that EVERYONE will follow AND ABIDE BY.

    From not only internal communications but external public and media communications. From keeping watch both daytime AND at night to who is doing the cooking. Other things include the RULES very complete and VERY specific on how members will and will not act and/or react. _Planning for scouts, ingress and egress. Escape and evade. And numerous other things.

    This is not a game. It is not a joke. We are talking about real life here.. and REAL dire consequences IF a true leader does not have what it takes to actually LEAD.

    This article closed out with a statement that I COMPLETELY disagree with. Near the end of this article is this statement: “it IS possible to defy then defeat tyranny without a single shot being fired. That is what the Founders and their followers then and now would want us to do.”

    WRONG. First, here is the literal definition of TYRANNY:

    1) Cruel and oppressive government or rule. “people who survive war and escape tyranny”
    2) synonyms: despotism, absolute power, autocracy, dictatorship, totalitarianism, Fascism; More
    3) a nation under cruel and oppressive government, cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary use of power or control.

    Tyranny has NEVER been defeated without force of arms. We in the the USA are not yet under the confines of tyranny therefore we still have a chance AT resolving differences peacefully. But should the day come where tyranny truly takes hold, there is NO WAY IN H E L L that tyranny will be but down without shots being fired.

    And our founding fathers? THAT comment was an insult to them for they too tried peacefully but when true tyranny struck, they took up arms and formed what we have today. And our Founding Fathers would EXPECT US TO DO THE SAME THING TO PRESERVE THAT WHICH THEY STARTED.

    What we need is a leader. Someone that understands that. Someone people can and will respect.. and someone those that understand and believe will follow.

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  12. Samoth 13 February, 2016, 12:29

    I fully agree with the message they were conveying but, as stated in another post, they were the tip of the sword only, the rest of the sword wasn’t present because not all were on board. Good article, thank you.

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  13. Duncan Farris 15 February, 2016, 07:47

    One current resource to be utilized at getting to the puppet masters is the North American Law Center’s (http://northamericanlawcenter.org) and the Constitutional Accountability Coalition’s (http://cactn.weebly.com) articles of impeachment of the usurper in the oval office. Get the articles in front of your congressman today and put the pressure on until we get one member of congress to present the articles of impeachment to the House Judiciary Committee.

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  14. Fritz 15 February, 2016, 10:24

    I agree with Brandon, when they occupied a federal building, I believe they gave up any moral authority they might have had in any of the ongoing protests over the mistreatment of the Hammonds, therein lies the argument for poor planning. We are a nation at war, the ideals of personal freedom backed up by personal responsibility are being challenged daily by other Americans who fail to connect those dots together. Personally I don’t believe that Man, by himself has the capacity to do very much worthwhile outside of the presence of God in his life, it is for this reason that I am spending a great deal of my time asking my God to help us as a people, and a nation to do the right thing, to get on your knees and seek God for the ouster of those who the American people have foolishly elected to powerful positions in government, I don’t believe for one second that they will respond favorably to any request or demand that they obey the constitution they must have pledged to uphold, therefore in my heart and in my mind I am turning them, and their cause over to my God, who alone is faithful. I am thankful too that we are in an election year where there are people like Donald Trump, and TED Cruz running for president. This gives me renewed hope that we have a chance at least in restoring our constitutional Republic on that level. Thanks too to all the men currently in uniform, and all of you vets who swore to uphold, not politicians, but the Law of our land, the Constitution.

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  15. Brett 24 February, 2016, 03:03

    I agree with this Brandon’s article and would like help set up a ham radio communication network. Please email me at b42boyer@gmail.com if you’re interested.

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  16. Tog 11 March, 2016, 05:41

    since yall saying that it was inadiquite training and tacktics behind the standoff, yall need to start training some of these people.

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  17. Roland Deshain 17 March, 2016, 17:46

    Planning=conspiracy to overthrow the government. With the surveillance of us in the “Constitutional” community being what it is, how would wide spread planning occur? Any ideas?

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  18. PJ 19 March, 2016, 08:38

    I’m in general agreement with the article, with a few caveats.

    I don’t necessarily look at the Malheur occupation (or the Boston Massacre for that matter) as failures, but as almost-necessary events in the progression toward Revolution. The cost of Malheur was the life of a single patriot, and now the FBI et. al. are scrambling to not come out looking like murderers and thugs. Just watch the videos they have released, particularly the one taken inside Finicum’s truck. They may be failures in a tactical sense, but not strategically, odd though that may sound.

    One may try to organize the Revolution, but ultimately it boils down to the decision of a million differently-motivated individuals.

    As to comm, certainly it’s worth preparing to use radio as backup, but didn’t the cell phones and internet actually work for the Malheur occupation? Egypt tried to cut off the internet in their last rebellion; how long did that last? A couple of days? This country is much more dependent on it. One can only hope the rulers actually try something that stupid.

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