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.