Wednesday, January 16, 2013

It Is Time to Withdraw Your Consent

Until today, I did not know the name Gene Sharp, but when I stopped by Arts & Letters Daily, I noted a link to a piece on Gene Sharp which Arts & Letters Daily introduced with the words “How to make a revolution.”  Naturally, it caught my eye.  The article on Sharp is titled Gene Sharp: The Machiavelli of non-violence, and it makes for interesting reading.  But it is Sharp’s pamphlet, From Dictatorship to Democracy (pdf of 102 pgs.), which is now drawing my attention, and I to your attention.

I have not had time to read, yet, Sharp’s pamphlet, which was originally published in 1993 as an advice manual for Burma rebels, and I am very doubtful, considering where alleged democracy has taken America to today, that democracy, in its current manifestation, will be of further aid or benefit to America.

Be that as it may, Sharp and his pamphlet are known for this idea.

(Political - ed.) power is held only by the consent of the people over whom it is exercised, and that consent can be withdrawn. All regimes depend on certain pillars of support and, with a proper strategy, resisters can remove those pillars non-violently.

Revolutionary change does not necessarily need to be violent.  There is a third way.  It is time to withdraw your consent.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/16 at 03:05 PM
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Ubiquitous “Deadly Quiet Conversations”

T.L. Davis opens a post on the very topical subject of gun control titled Deadly Quiet Conversations as follows.

There are conversations taking place all over America. They are not being screamed from the mountain tops, they are being whispered from one end of the nation to the other.

Further into Davis’ post, he expands on that opening statement with this comment.

What they don’t hear is a hue and a cry about it from the average citizen. This is largely their reason for their bold announcements. But in the corners of the nation men are preparing their wives and families for the day they don’t come home. Brothers are making plans to resist on familiar ground. Cops are talking to neighbors and each other. Servicemen and women are talking amongst themselves in lowered tones. Sheriffs and their deputies are talking, making plans and calculations as to when to draw that hard line.

I thought of T.L.‘s post, today, as I went about to the following places.

First, to the hospital, where my Mum was undergoing a partial knee replacement surgery.  As I sat in the surgical waiting room, I overhead two different families discussing exactly some of the points Davis alludes to in his essay “Deadly Quiet Conversations.”  My sisters and I also spoke amongest ourselves about this subject.

Second, after my Mum was safely out of surgery and in the recovery room, I ventured out to grab some lunch.  I went to a small Chinese take-out restaurant which has just three (3) tables.  After ordering, I sat down at the one open table, and overhead two gentlemen, regular working men, discussing the exact same subject matter I overheard at the hospital.  I injected myself into this conversation by saying, “Gentlemen, I think the time is here for you to withdraw your consent from the government.  It is government which is the problem, not guns.”  Both men nodded in agreement at my remark, though I must say that their nodding agreement was sadly, if not heartbrokenly, given.

My third stop, after enjoying some fine Chinese food, was a local used bookstore, to search for a collection of Robinson Jeffers’ poetry and a history on the VietNam war.  When I descended into the book stores’ cellar, there were a couple of individuals down there who were also searching through the used history books.  These individuals were also discussing the governments current meddling in the inalienable right of individuals, not just Americans, to own guns, and I must report that these individuals, also, were quite concerned with recent developments.

I think the ubiquity of these conversations is a positive development in America.  Let us hope and pray that these conversations are not taking place too late in the game, and that the conversations are not simply talk, but are supported with resolve.

Link to T.L. Davis piece via WRSA.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/16 at 02:25 PM
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Obama Using Children as Human Shields

Reading this headline, W.H. Releases Letters from Little Kids Pleading for Gun Control, moments ago, I immediately thought of the craven individuals who will use children as human shields.  I see I am not the only one making this connection, and there is a connection.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/16 at 09:02 AM
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