By Sam Wilson
In these days of social media, that saturate the internet with the latest case of real (or imagined) police brutality, and countless stories of government employees with badges and guns killing pets, closing children’s lemonade stands, and dropping grenades into children’s cribs, it is far too easy to vilify ALL government employees who wear a badge and carry a gun.
We do this at our own peril.
We must remember that the psychopaths in uniform usually exert their violence when there is little risk of consequences. Ultimately they are cowards. If they’re ever faced with anything resembling a “fair fight,” they’ll be found in a fetal position hiding in the crawlspace under their home. They present no credible threat to liberty. Others hate violating the rights of “We The People,” but do it anyways, out of fear. Fear that they’d no longer be able to feed their family, fear that the “thin blue line” would leave them lying in a gutter with a bullet in their brain should they cross into the dangerous territory of actually protecting the rights of the people. Perhaps many of them have even sincerely convinced themselves that their actions protect society. These men and women are not the direct enemies of liberty, either.
With this in mind, it is right and just to be angry at injustice, to be infuriated by lawless tyranny. But we must be careful where and against whom, we direct that anger. In many cases where citizens stand up for their rights against badged enforcers, I see an unnecessary and unhelpful level of animosity and combativeness. This does no good for the cause of liberty. At times I’ve personally encouraged people to exhibit more respect and decorum towards government employees with badges and guns. While many view them as the greatest enemy of liberty, I believe they could be by far the greatest asset to the success of a peaceful fight for liberty, and I’ll explain why shortly. I’m not suggesting anyone back down from a righteous and unyielding stand for liberty. Far from it.
I am suggesting, however, that we take that stand with a great deal of respect, decorum, and yes, even kindness, for those in uniform. We can stand firm in the face of tyranny without mistreating those being used as the tools to enforce it.
I was at the Feb 7th Rally in Olympia, where brave patriots intended to risk arrest by defying the lawless mandate of the Speaker who banned openly carried weapons from the viewing galleries. When we approached the door, we found it inexplicably locked, perhaps to avoid the poor media image that it would give the Speaker to have the Washington State Patrol arresting peaceful law-abiding citizens, or perhaps, perhaps because there was a greater risk that the State Patrol would simply refuse to arrest anyone, to the great embarrassment of the tyrant in the legislature.
I believe it was more likely the latter than the former, because when I shook one Trooper’s hand and simply said “Thank You,” he looked me right in the eye and responded with a heartfelt “Thank YOU.” Thanking me, for standing with a group of patriots, risking forcing him into the position to arrest us, or defy his orders. I daresay we have fellow Patriots among the ranks of the State Patrol.
Aside from the principles of human decency and the Golden Rule, why is this important?
Imagine with me, if you will, if tomorrow, every government employee with a badge and a gun getting out of bed, putting on the uniform, and with firm and courageous resolve, refusing to carry out any order or law that violated the Constitution. Imagine, if you will, those government employees laser-focusing on bringing to justice criminals who have committed crimes of violence against person or property.
We would have our Republic back, overnight.
Not a single shot fired, not a single blow landed. Imagine if, when threatened with loss of their jobs, these men and women simply said, in solidarity and unison “So be it.” Imagine a populace rallying behind them, and not asking, not petitioning, but DEMANDING they maintain their position as Peace Officers. If you can imagine this, you can imagine a bloodless revolution, a revolution that returns our liberties taken by a tyrannical government, but without the need for violence.
This, my fellow patriots, is what tyrants fear. Tyrants fear not a violent uprising of resistance. Such can be simply quelled with greater violence, atrocity, and bloodshed, and the leaders of the resistance can be used as examples of what happens when someone challenges a tyrant’s claim to authority.
No, what tyrants fear most is those to whom they give orders, simply acting in solidarity and refusing those orders. This gives them unspeakably petrifying fear. Without those willing to carry out their evil commands, they are powerless. Completely, utterly, and totally impotent. This, THIS, is the night terror of tyrants that wakes them in the middle of the night with a cold clammy sweat and a pounding heart.
This is the peaceful return to freedom and liberty.
This is my aim.
Let our message to those government employees with badges and guns be not, “You are the enemy,” but rather, “Join us, and you will never know a more loyal and committed ally.” Let the message be simply, “Stand down when we stand up against tyrannical laws, and you are not our enemy.” Nothing can provide a more compelling argument to persuade them to join the fight against tyranny than the knowledge that patriots have their back, if they will do this.
Sam Wilson is a Washington engineer with a degree in aerospace engineering and an interest in invention, politics, and economics. A student of the Constitution, Sam was a candidate for State Representative in the 38th Legislative District in 2012, a predominately Democrat district, where he won 40% of the votes cast. Since then, Sam has been a visible and articulate leader of the State of Washington “We Stand” and “We Will Not Comply” movements. Sam is the media contact for Liberty for All.