Adam Kokesh, Former US Marine Corps Veteran, and Activist Calls for Open Source March This July 4th
Christina Sarich, Staff Writer
When former service men that have battled in Iraq start to encourage people to organize against the very same government that they once fought far, it gets some attention. Adam Kokesh, a once US Marine and veteran who has been organizing against the US government since 2007, was in a jail cell until May 24th. While some of his acts of civil disobedience in recent years have been called into question, there is a huge swell of support for this vocal ex-marine who urges us to demand an ‘orderly dissolution of the federal government,’ in a recent interview with Alex Jones.
Kokesh read the following statement from a Philadelphia Federal Prison just a few weeks ago, and was released the very next day:
“When a government has repeatedly and deliberately failed to follow its own laws, violated the fundamental human rights of its citizens, threatened the sanctity of a free press, created institutions intended to eliminate privacy of communication, waged war at the behest of special interest that threatens the public safety, killed hundreds of children with drone strikes, imprisoned and destroyed the lives of countless individuals for victimless crimes, stifled economic opportunity to maintain the dominance of the financial elite, stolen from the people through an absurd system of taxation and inflation, sold future generations into debt slavery, and abused its power to suppress political opposition, it is unfit to exist and it becomes the duty of the people to alter or abolish that government by whatever means necessary to secure liberty and ensure peace.
“A new American revolution is long overdue. This revolution has been brewing in the hearts and minds of the people for many years, but this Independence Day, it shall take a new form as the American Revolutionary Army will march on each state capital to demand that the governors of these 50 states immediately initiate the process of an orderly dissolution of the federal government through secession and reclamation of federally held property. Should one whole year from this July 4th pass while the crimes of this government are allowed to continue, we may have passed the point at which non-violent revolution becomes impossible.
“The time to sit idly by has passed. To remain neutral is to be complicit, just doing your job is not an excuse, and the line in the sand has been drawn between the people, and the criminals in Washington, D.C. While some timid souls will say that it is too early, that we can solve this problem through democratic means provided by government, that current levels of taxation are reasonable for the services provided, and that the crimes of this government are merely a tolerable nuisance, it may already be too late.
“While there is risk in drastic action, the greater danger lies in allowing this government to continue unchallenged. So if you are content with the status quo, stay home, get fat, watch the fireworks from a safe distance, and allow this Independence Day to pass like any other. But if you see as we see, and feel as we feel, we will see you on the front lines of freedom on July 4th, 2013for this, The Final American Revolution.”
As Jeff Berwick, of TDV points out, “The extortion arm of the US government, the IRS, has admitted to targeting people with certain political beliefs for aggressive shakedowns.” With recent news that Google has been forced to hand over private information to the US government, it seems that targeting individuals that keep the system accountable is getting easier all the time.
Since the original July 4th demonstration that Kokesh planned asked Americans to sling rifles over their shoulders, some critics were calling him ‘crazy,’ while others were understandably arguing that we should be able to uphold our rights that were upheld in Supreme Court five years ago in a landmark decision (District of Columbia vs. Heller), that protected any individual US citizen’s right to carry a loaded firearm, otherwise known as the second amendment.
Perhaps you don’t agree with Kokesh’s particular method of voicing his displeasure with the Federal Government, but what other measures might we take to protect ourselves from a system that has gone madly out of control? If this is not a time for self-defense, as the second amendment was originally meant to support, then when is it? Kokesh has cancelled the gun march, but encourages us, via a recent interview to “appeal on a state level” and protest at state capitols. Why the sudden change of heart? Kokesh hasn’t yet explained, but some think it is going to be a wildcat protest of sorts, happening through all 50 states.
About the Author
Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny, Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.
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