Sanity’s Armed March

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This coming July Fourth, 2013, thousands of rebels will converge on Washington, D.C. carrying loaded rifles.

You read that right. No, this is not a joke. This is an actual planned armed march on the Capitol, organized by internet talk show host and Marine veteran Adam Kokesh. Almost 5,000 citizens have already indicated their intent to attend, locked and loaded, to stare down the powers that be. Is this madness? What kind of insane person would commit this crazy act of armed defiance?

Truth be told, this armed demonstration is actually nowhere near as radical and dangerous as some would make it out to be. It’s actually the sanest thing that has happened in this country in a long time. If anything, it only proves how insane the world has gotten that this is even controversial. It’s legal, peaceful, and abundantly necessary.

For proof of the legality of Kokesh’s armed march, one must look no further than the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: “[T]he right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The District of Columbia has in place infringements of this right, such that private citizens may not bear arms. We’re not talking about certain restrictions and conditions on the right to keep and bear arms, but rather a complete prohibition. The Constitution being the supreme law of the land, all laws which contradict its authority are therefore, themselves, illegal. The Supreme Court, as well as the state of Virginia, seem to have grasped this basic concept. Nevertheless, an armed citizen will face trouble immediately upon crossing the Potomac river into the absurd, magical, Constitution-free zone that is the District of Columbia. It’s high time the real law was upheld.

The planned march is also a peaceful demonstration, and any statements to the contrary stem from abject ignorance and hypocrisy. Demonstrators plan to simply walk around like the hordes of tourists that plague the District that time of year, the only difference being they plan to be armed. Skeptics and detractors would do well to remember this crucial fact: officers of the government do the same thing everyday. We are surrounded by law enforcement agents, military servicemembers, federal agents, and all manner of government employees who are allowed to come and go as they please while bearing all manner of killing devices. These are all people whose job description includes using violence as necessary and whose salaries are paid by a scandal-plagued Internal Revenue Service that collects its dues through the threat of force. That these certain individuals are trusted to bear arms at all times without controversy, while peaceful citizens are not, is absurd and troubling.

Finally, for the reasons mentioned above, this demonstration is absolutely necessary. We have entered into an era where the government has sole legitimate authority to bear arms in the eyes of the people. Where the Constitutionally-guaranteed rights of the people are no longer valued. Where armed, peaceful citizens engaging in the simple act of walking about has becoming a frightening, highly controversial act. For these reasons, an armed march on Washington, D.C. is necessary. Otherwise, liberty’s only recourse will be armed revolution.

On Independence Day, free, peaceful Americans will march on Washington, reminding the world that certain rights are inalienable. That all men are created equal. That we have fallen so far away from the principles of liberty upon which this countrty was founded that we now must bear the label “insane” in order to stand up for our rights. So be it. Here’s to true sanity.

Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. He is also the founder of the Rights Brigade, a mover for the Free State Project, and a martial art instructor.
  • EXCELLENT, I don’t believe I’ve heard it put better in all of the articles I read in a day by any/all journalists. For those of us with a passion to live and stay free of an overreaching administration, we will be cheering those involved in the march. You’ve hit the nail on the head and I applaud what you’ve written and your guts to be a voice for those of us that are sane!

  • Leslie

    How convenient that everyone talking about this march choose to ignore Kokesh stating this was to overthrow the Govt. Overthrowing the Govt is not a peaceful demonstration, that is violence. Its called insurrection and it allows, per our Constitution, the Govt to send military into the streets to put it down. Here’s the outtakes from Kokesh’s interview with Alex Jones.

    Kokesh has openly stated the following:

    ”This is an armed revolt against the American government. Make no mistake about it. We are going with the aim of overthrowing the government.”

    Here’s the video. See for yourself.

    • How convenient that you use some of his comments to make that case while completely ingoring others. He stated repeatedly that it was to be a peaceful protest, that they would march to D.C. and immediately turn around when met with resistance. He said that he himself would continue on and be arrested nonviolently, like what just happened to him in Philly. I’ve been watching this guy for a very long time, and that’s how he rolls. The talk about overthrowing the government was part rhetoric, part long-term hope/goal. Nothing to do with the actual march, certainly not violently.

  • Cesare Bonventre

    Leslie – Currently the US government admits to war with 74 nations; has opened up centers of torture; killed millions of civilians (see link below); and targets civilians.

    Do you support such a government?

    Here the US cause 5 Million Deaths in The Congo

    Leslie – Why do you support a country who perpetrates all those crimes for which it hung many in Nuremberg?!

    Americans hid behind a haze of moral superlatives at Nuremberg; now they are broken nation spending over 600 billion a year on prisons & bankrupt! And all the while Americans have been looking the other way since the Trail of Tears!

    Since the end of the Second World War, the United States of America has …

    1. Attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, most of which were democratically-elected.
    2. Attempted to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries
    3. Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries.
    4. Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries.
    5. Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.

    In total: Since 1945, the United States has carried out one or more of the above actions, on one or more occasions, in over 69 countries (more than one-third of the countries of the world): (let me know if you need a list or citations)

    How can a nation which finds itself at the head of every imaginable human experiment, that drops bombs on at least 12 countries, opens up a new center for torture in Somalia, ever dare to try and judge other men who have done much less?

    Where are the weapons of mass destruction? How do you justify killing over 1 million civilians in Iraq – Over 500,000 of which were children whose only crime was being born in the wrong place at the wrong time?!

    It ought to surprise no one that America, forever destined to carry the sign of Cain for the Hiroshima & Nagasaki nuclear bombings despite the Japanese suing for peace, simply used Nuremberg to hide behind a haze of moral superlatives!

    And what do the American people have to say? They have simply been “looking the other way” since the Trail of Tears! And now the American’s get theirs? It’s been a long time coming!