By John Jay Myers at Liberty for All:
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
– John F. Kennedy
Call me a sucker, but I still believe strongly that we can achieve a peaceful revolution in America. This tells you two things, that I believe we need a revolution in this country, and that I don’t want it to be violent.
Someone posted on my blog the other day, “You constantly talk about hating government.” They were insinuating that I am part of the reason a lunatic went to a Safeway and shot 19 people. Jared Loughner’s political ideology was as the Joker’s. His actions were not about speaking ill of the government, they were about being mentally unstable.
Speaking ill of government is one of the more rational sides to my persona. I hate government programs. I see them for what they are, economic life blood draining, freedom sucking leeches. I despise most government activities – the wars, the bailouts, the corruption – from welfare to warfare I pretty much can’t stand government. I can’t help but believe that some of the people involved in our government are actually part of this corruption and fraud, but I do not condone shooting them.
I condone changing the government, drastically, hopefully sooner rather than later, and by peaceful means. My worry is the day that we cannot peacefully say, print, post, blog, or editorialize that we feel our government is a giant crap sandwich without being labeled “fringe.” Low brow? Yes. Fringe? Hardly.
Violence is wrong not just morally but even as part of a plan for change. Violence is a bad strategy, because all acts of violence will be looked on as “crazy” by a huge majority of the people, which will cause a backlash against those trying to make real change for liberty.
After all the answer is not to kidnap people and chain them to a chair …………to teach them about freedom. While we beat into them……. the meaning of non-aggression. And promote a bloody revolution…….. for peace. Kidnappings, beatings and war are not attributes that endear people’s hearts to a cause.
On the other hand, for those who say violence is never the answer, I, like John F. Kennedy, could see that maybe many years down the road we may get to that point. For those who think that is crazy, they can wonder if Thomas Jefferson, George Washington or James Madison ever thought that violence may be needed to throw off the reins of a corrupt government.
It scares me that recent events might cause people to hear the words “our government is corrupt” and then assume that it is the message of a crazy person. Our government is corrupt. You would be crazy to think it is not.
Let us not let recent events force us to hold our tongue against the despicable actions of most politicians. Let us scream even louder for freedom….. and continue to pray for peace.
John Jay Myers, a small business man from Dallas, Texas, ran for chair of the LNC in 2010, is a member of the Texas Libertarian Executive Committee and the Vice Chair of the Dallas County Libertarian Party. For more information go to www.johnjaymyers.com.
PS: Special to IPR, John Jay Myers sends along this video. He asked that it be included in the article. It’s about why you should not call the cops on your kids if you find them with illegal drugs.