Many people are fed up with the Government’s infringement on our liberties. But, few have gone as far as one anonymous Missouri businessman to show their disillusion.
His billboard can be seen on I-70 between Grain Valley and Blue Springs and presents a step-by-step guide to revolution: 1. Starve the Beast, keep your money. 2. Vote out incumbents. 3. If steps 1 & 2 fail, prepare for war.
Others have pointed out that this country is hurdling towards a point of no return. This very blog wrote:
It would not be hard for anyone to argue that the American government has drifted so far away from what the founding fathers intended that it need not be considered anything less than bordering on tyranny.
Today, that country, the very idea that free people are better suited to solve problems than tyrants or intellectual elites in some far off capital, is in jeopardy.
Freedom now lay at the feet of this generation grasping for air. The question is will we have the courage to pick it up and breath life back in to it or will we sit back and watch as it withers and dies?
The founding fathers whom declared their independence in July 1776 were men of means, men with families. Yet, they risked everything to fight for freedom against a tyrannical government.
Today, Americans must be willing to do the same. Today, Americans must be willing to nourish the tree of liberty with their blood and the blood of those who would choose to take their liberties from them.
Fred Reed, technology columnist for The Washington Times, wrote on his blog:
Washington is out of control. It does as it likes, without restraint. It spends American money and American lives to fight remote wars for which it cannot provide a plausible reason. It determines what our children will be taught, who we can hire and fire, to whom we can sell our houses, whether we can defend ourselves, even what names we can call each other. The feds read our email and track the web sites we visit, make us hop around barefoot in airports at the command of surly unaccountable rentacops. They search us at random in train stations without even a pretense of probable cause. We have no influence over them, no way of resisting.
The government doesn’t work. It is broken. It can’t be fixed. It can’t be fixed because only those within it could, and their interest lies in not fixing it.
The only remedy short of armed rebellion is civil disobedience at the level of the states.
The alternative to revolt Mr. Reed is referring to is the process known as ‘nullification’. Of nullification he writes:
Washington’s power is economic. The feds rely for control on taxing money from the states and giving some of it back in exchange for obedience. They cannot arrest Wyoming, but they can deny it federal highway funds. This technique provides de facto control over everything from kindergarten to MIT.
[I]f Idaho passes a law (I’m making this up) saying that no restrictions on the ownership of guns will be enforced within the state, Washington might choose discretion over valor and ignore it. Legalizing marijuana, however, or refusing to accept compulsory medical care, would be a direct if not necessarily intentional challenge to the power of the central government. The feds could not afford to let either of these things slide. The danger of the precedent to the grip of the governing classes would be too great. A deadly serious confrontation would ensue.
What could, or would, the federal government do in response to defiance? Send the Marines to occupy Sacramento? Or the FBI to arrest Arnold and the legislature of California?
Or cut off California’s financial water? No bailout for the state’s tottering economy, no more fat subsidies to the universities, and so on?
Washington may be able to make the states back down. It may not. The peril for the feds is that it might occur to the states that, while they get their money from Washington, Washington gets its money from the states. The central government depends absolutely on the states, whereas the states would get along swimmingly without the current central government.
By withholding money, states defund the federal government. The fed would then be left with the choice of going to war with the states or to bend to the will of the people.
Nullification may be the last best hope for the American people to reassert their constitutional rights and reverse more than 150 years of over reaches by the federal government and the Supreme Court.