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This evening, a reader left a comment that included a link to this post published May 31, 2011 at the website Before It’s News. It’s a sobering piece. It is lengthy, but well worth the read.  If you don’t have time right at this moment, please bookmark it and read it when you have ten or 15 minutes of quiet time.

Why War Waged Against U.S. Government Would Now Be Just

From the website Before It’s News
Tue May 31
By Joseph Zrnchik

Additional suggested reading:

The American Revolution Has Begun
The Road To War for the New American Revolution by an Enemy of the State
Day of Rage in D.C.

I have pondered at great measure what would be the line in the sand that our government should not be allowed to cross, and after having crossed it would be justify war, either covert or overt, against it.

We see increasingly horrible instances of tyranny that include draconian sentencing, torture and even assassination by our government.  The government claims the legal right to commit every specie of crime and offers as justification the famous Nixon line that says  “If your President (government) does it, its not against the law.”  It also allows its partisans to engage in private tyrannies without redress under law.

I finally decided that because the government is increasingly becoming our enemy, Americans owe it no more reverence than we do any foreign government that has made itself the enemy of the American people.  In fact, we owe it less leniency because as a domestic enemy of the Constitution it is an enemy that has made its way into our land and is therefore an even greater threat as it disguises its tyranny under the color of law. 

Moreover, we have believed and have been placed in a position in which, due to the government claiming the power as the final arbiter with a corresponding monopoly on the use of violence on the land in which we reside, we foolishly believed that in exchange for these powers the government promised to guarantee justice.  Yet, government sophistry justifies tyranny as being law, albeit a law devoid of any justice

So, even though our government has become a greater enemy due to the insidious position it has obtained through lies and subterfuge, I will still grant it the same consideration I would grant the government of a foreign enemy.  This consideration is granted at great risk because government that has become a domestic enemy to the people can and will betray, lie, confuse, bribe, torture and punish those who would otherwise be friends of forces fighting a foreign enemy in the cause of liberty.

The consideration I will grant our government will be to first review what justifications would be needed to engage in and wage war against it.  For this I will refer to the tenets of the Catholic Church with its Just War Doctrine.  It has been an axiom that a government which resists and makes impossible peaceful change in a peoples’ pursuit for liberty and justice, makes violent change necessary.  After reviewing the Just War Doctrine I believe one will be a better position to decide if our government has made violent revolution justifiable, necessary and the final resort.

The Principles of Just War say:

A just war can only be waged as a last resort. All non-violent options must be exhausted before the use of force can be justified.

A war is just only if it is waged by a legitimate authority. Even just causes cannot be served by actions taken by individuals or groups who do not constitute an authority sanctioned by whatever the society and outsiders to the society deem legitimate.

A just war can only be fought to redress a wrong suffered. For example, self-defense against an armed attack is always considered to be a just cause (although the justice of the cause is not sufficient–see point #4). Further, a just war can only be fought with “right” intentions: the only permissible objective of a just war is to redress the injury.

A war can only be just if it is fought with a reasonable chance of success. Deaths and injury incurred in a hopeless cause are not morally justifiable.

The ultimate goal of a just war is to re-establish peace. More specifically, the peace established after the war must be preferable to the peace that would have prevailed if the war had not been fought.

The weapons used in war must discriminate between combatants and non-combatants. Civilians are never permissible targets of war, and every effort must be taken to avoid killing civilians. The deaths of civilians are justified only if they are unavoidable victims of a deliberate attack on a military target.

For the sake of organization I will address each tenet and discuss the issues as I believe they apply and for which argument can be made.

1.  A just war can only be waged as a last resort. All non-violent options must be exhausted before the use of force can be justified.

Our courts are no longer a path to redress as the government has authorized all of its tyrannies as being the law of the land.  Where the government does acknowledge it is breaking the law, it has made it impossible for the people to take its officials to task for using their position, office of power to engage in tyranny while it will often spend millions to cause economic ruin to those seeking justice.  The government has decided to make it so nearly impossible to sue it, that legal redress for all intents and purposes has been made impossible.

People claiming their Constitutional Rights are given harsher sentences and placed under ruin for not groveling and submitting to the unconstitutional tyranny of police.  The courts refuse to hold the partisans to government tyranny to the law and they are allowed to commit perjury and bear false witness without any threat of penalty.  In fact, judges retaliate against people who demand the courts follow the U.S. Constitution.

When people attempt to organize they face repression of every variety.  The media is no longer an option as it is controlled by private tyrannies called corporations that have aligned themselves with the three branches of government against the American people.  As any enemy would, the government and its corporate allies engage in propaganda, disinformation, deception, lies, psychological operations and other forms of information warfare that is directed against the American people.  When people are able to organize and protest in non-violent ways they are herded and jailed.  The government has raided homes and seized property.  Under COINTELPRO it assassinated individuals. 

Past presidents of the American republic have argued that the will of the people is embodied in the president, while I would certainly argue this point, nevertheless, a president was assassinated and his murder was allowed to be covered up by government.  How can people even make decisions about their government as if to support it or overthrow it if everything is secret?  The government relies on State’s Secrets Doctrine to hide it crimes, whistleblowers providing evidence of government crime are ruthlessly prosecuted and even public knowledge becomes classified as matters of national security.  Those seeking to expose the truth are attacked by the media as it also sides with government as it is owned by the private tyrannies known as corporations.  These corporations are protected by and serve as an ally to the government.

As the courts are no longer an option, education and organization are no longer an option, and speaking truth to power only serves as idiot wind to those who already know about the tyranny in which they seek to continue to engage, it seems there is little recourse left save violence against government.  The question then comes down to the aggregate of the individual all asking themselves if they have anymore means left to resist government tyranny after relying on a principled and reasonable position and the resources available to them.  I believe the people have reached the point where they have decided all non-violent means have been used and this is evidence in the fact that government behavior has become increasingly more odious.  There simply is no longer any crime the government can commit that will not be authorized under law.

2.  A war is just only if it is waged by a legitimate authority. Even just causes cannot be served by actions taken by individuals or groups who do not constitute an authority sanctioned by whatever the society and outsiders to the society deem legitimate.

In the U.S., the people have reserved the right under the Declaration of Independence to overthrow a government that has become abusive.  There is no doubt that the tyrannies Americans now suffer under greatly exceed those under which our founding fathers endured.  In fact, the American Revolution was won with only 15% of the military-aged males fighting for the cause of liberty.

As the American empire has become increasingly leviathan in nature, it has overthrown established governments for political, economic and military gain while subjecting those nations’ people to destitution, torture and mass murder.  There is no government under he New World Order that seeks to stand against the Unites States, while many chose to stand back and watch our elected tyrants crash the ship of state upon the rocks of authoritarianism and militarism. 

Our enemies are waiting in the wings for our officials to lead us to our ruin so that we may be delivered onto a New World Order in which other governments seek to benefit.  As the government steals the peoples’ wealth through the mechanisms of central banking, it buys governments, foments war and stirs up insurrection and rebellion.  Our government has recognized a rebel force as a legitimate government in Libya and so has decided to bomb the country into oblivion while refusing to confer the legitimacy of arming these rebels.

In the creation of the American Republic the legitimate authority rested in a group of rebels that swore an oath to God on their lives, fortunes and sacred honor.  But, if truth be known, legitimacy rests in sovereignty and sovereignty is conferred upon these with the ruthlessness and means to engage in sustained violence over a given geographic area even to the point of exterminating their enemies.  It is the American people who cover this land and as the forces of the U.S. make up a small number of the people, probably less than five percent, if the people make up more than this amount they ought to have conferred upon them the legitimacy of a rebel force. 

However, our government would never recognize a rebel force and would punish rebels as traitors and terrorists.  While those engaging in such activity would be punished as criminal by our government, our government seeks the prosecution of Gaddafi for doing exactly as our government would do if it faced a rebellion by the people.  The fact that the U.S. refuses to identify the rebel strength and will not provide arms or uniforms tells you the Libyan rebels have no legitimacy whatsoever except that conferred upon criminal by more powerful criminals, much like the legitimacy conferred upon a mob boss by a mafia don.

Government power regularly goes to the individual that is able to lie, cheat, and steal his way to power.  If the people do decide to revolt, I hope they have a better way of picking leaders than we do for picking our elected officials.  But, if anyone not be a crook and seeks to lead the people back to liberty, freedom and a binding contract between the government and the people, I would argue that this individual would hold legitimacy that exceeds that of our current politicians.

3.  A just war can only be fought to redress a wrong suffered. For example, self-defense against an armed attack is always considered to be a just cause (although the justice of the cause is not sufficient–see point #4). Further, a just war can only be fought with “right” intentions: the only permissible objective of a just war is to redress the injury.

The American people do not seek the extermination of politicians, police, prosecutors or judges under which they have suffered tyranny.  They do not even seek Old Testament justice of “an eye for an eye which would cause these tyrants to owe hundreds of years in prison to which they have wrongfully subjected others.  If the government would only abide by the Constitution to which the officials have swore an oath all talk of revolution would be dismissed as nonsense by the people.  But, to a very large extent our elected tyrants have committed treason against the U.S. Constitution and “We the People of These United States”.

Our elected official have done nothing to provide liberty and have done much harm to the people.  These officials have not said a word as police are given more and more police state authority.  I personally would be happy if these people, who have furthered such tyrannies as those visited upon the American people by those acting as its government, were barred from public office, government contract and the practice of law.  Let the judges and prosecutors become painters, auto mechanics and grocery store managers.  These individuals have refused to uphold the Constitution and it is assured they would engage in the exact same behavior under any new system thus corrupting it with their arrogance and criminality.  They have either allowed to happen or caused to happen the tyranny under which the American people now suffer.   

So, the intention of the American people is to merely restore the republic, bind the government once more through a contract with the people and to safeguard our life and liberty, peace and prosperity while providing the people with an opportunity to pursue their happiness.

4.  A war can only be just if it is fought with a reasonable chance of success. Deaths and injury incurred in a hopeless cause are not morally justifiable.

Our government needs to understand that there is a point where an armed people decide there are things that gnaw at them worse than death.  When the people they love are being condemned to a lifetime of poverty, tyranny, theft and murder, the people may decide that they will personally wage war against government much as Timothy McVeigh did.  He looked at the U.S. foreign policy and decided he would follow its example.  Government was the great teacher for ill and Timothy McVeigh was its able and eager student.

In Afghanistan the Taliban are the legitimate government and regularly punish traitors that collude with the puppet government or directly with the U.S.  The fact is that the current Afghan government would not last as long as a good sand storm if the U.S. was not there providing soldiers and arms.

The Soviet Union fell without a violent revolution, but it was years between its fall and the democide of 30 to 40 million of its people by leaders the U.S. government recognized as being its legitimate government.  One could argue that all one needs is a few nuclear weapons and the will to use them to become a sovereign nation.  Imagine if a military unit decides it would seize some nuclear Tomahawks and offer a free state to any American willing to take up residence in that area.  Our politicians would surely have no problem with 40 million Americans dying, but if Washington D.C was the target, there would now be a new nation inside the United States.

Much has been written about how few it takes to lead a successful revolution when the politicians have mad a nation ripe for revolt.  Again, the question comes down to ruthlessness.  When a dedicated and brave few stand against what everyone knows to be tyranny, what at first glance appears to be a hopeless cause now becomes a fire that has spreads in the minds of men seeking liberty and justice.

As the government, to include the military, makes up a small percent of the overall population, there only need be 10% of the population in revolt to be victorious.  I would also question the resolve of paid mercenaries fighting against a people with legitimate grievances.  Furthermore, as in Afghanistan and Iraq, as the government becomes more desperate, it alienates more and more people due to it becoming more and more tyrannical.

5. The ultimate goal of a just war is to re-establish peace. More specifically, the peace established after the war must be preferable to the peace that would have prevailed if the war had not been fought.

There is absolutely no doubt that if revolution comes to this country it will only be in defense of the Constitution and as the result of tyranny and oppression.  The changes that need to occur are so obvious and simple, but yet they remain stymied.  There are things that could so easily be fixed that would have a profound effect in providing economic and personal liberty.  The elite seek to hold on to power and refuse justice as a matter of principle to demonstrate that there is no justice or rule of law, but the rule of power and wealth.  These people talk of ethics and morals and yet do whatever their power allows them to get away with.  Morals and ethics guide the majority of society, but not those who believe society is there to serve them.  To them the masses are ants. 

It is said that one should never give a sucker and even break.  For people to continually vote for financial and power elites who care little for the average man except where their interests are shared or in opposition, demonstrates that they have no intention on giving an electorate an even break any time soon.

Tyranny is a form of warfare in which people have accepted defeat before ever fighting, and having decided they have no means of resistance, accept injustice as law.  The people cry out for justice and experience has shown that after having fought for it people have no intention of allowing the same tyrannies to flourish that they fought to oppose.

We see tyrannies and wonder how its perpetrators could so easily and without conscience decide to do exactly the opposite of what justice demands because the state’s agents would rather side with power than justice.  I have no doubt that a revolution to end tyranny would make this country a better place.  My worry is that the crimes committed by the elite in opposition to liberty would be so reprehensible that it would lead to reprisals.  The French Revolution had resulted in the slaughter of the ruling class after the elite abused the people.  We seek no change for any other reason than to provide justice and liberty.

6.  The weapons used in war must discriminate between combatants and non-combatants. Civilians are never permissible targets of war, and every effort must be taken to avoid killing civilians. The deaths of civilians are justified only if they are unavoidable victims of a deliberate attack on a military target.

Our nation has always been the invader and as such, regardless of the claim of taking care to limit collateral damage, always ends up killing hundreds of thousands of civilians.  During the Iraq war and its embargo we killed at least 200,000 civilians, the sum of three entire football stadiums.  During that time the U.S. claims it killed about 50,000 militants.  During the bombing campaigns of the Vietnam War we killed millions.  The body count for the Vietnam War was about 3 million dead Vietnamese.  During the Iraq War we killed only a fraction of those combatants.  Some experts say we killed only about one combatant for every five civilians.

If there were an uprising in America, the people would not be the aggressor.  The truth of the matter is that it has been the government that has been waging war while engaging in an occupation.  The people of this nation would be fighting a defensive war.  The people of the U.S would only be defending themselves against a criminal government.  With its corporate run rape prisons that use slave labor, to its perjuring police that lie with impunity, to the prosecutors who hide witnesses, suborn perjury, witness and evidence tamper and engage in coercion, to the judges that give this cesspool a thin veneer of legitimacy to the ignorant, this system is rotten to the core.  Judges discriminate against pro se litigants and violate their rights knowing that an appeal is impossible for a citizen to perform and too expensive to obtain.  So, the system needs to be ended.  The system operates not for justice, but for the profits of the legal class where justice is sold to the highest bidder.

Those who seek to save the republic would be using small arms and any killings would be strictly limited to those waging war on the people.  There would be no bombing campaign by the people.  They would merely be defending themselves and their property.

Our military has specifically targeted civilians and engaged in reprisals against civilian targets.  There is no argument to this fact.  However, during an uprising the people would be the popular resistance.  The people would be helping and assisting those freedom fighters directly engaging in combat.  While there will always be traitors who can be bought off, the time will come when the people will be fighting government.  Americans do not have to wait, as those in the Soviet Union did, for our government to starve its people, place citizens in gulags and commit genocide.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with their government, and to assume among the powers of the earth a just government that safeguards the individual liberty to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation from tyranny.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of these citizens; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the executive branch, legislative branch and judicial branch is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States and their people. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

I offer this Declaration of Independence by Warner Todd Huston:

A New Declaration of Independence

When in the Course of human events it again becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with a failed authority and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God as well as our original, properly constituted laws entitle us, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that we should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of we the people; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to repair to their former Systems of Government. The history of the present President, his Congress, and our recalcitrant federal government is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

It has abused its role over the law and instituted fiat rules that are detrimental to the common good — welfare, cap and trade, oppressive taxes, onerous regulation on business are recent examples.

It has forbidden governors of states to pass laws useful to local needs and has interfered in state business.

It has refused the right of local government to govern at home and has as a matter of course caused local legislators to carelessly assume they have no power.

It has defacto dissolved the authority of state governments so that the representatives of the people constantly defer to rule from Washington.

It has refused to secure the borders so that all manner of foreigners of the lowest station might flood these shores without hesitation while refusing to allow those foreigners with useful skills and education to enter and apply for citizenship.

It has allowed capricious courts to usurp proper legislative duties and to rule from the bench.

It has seated judges with no opposition or investigation and has not required judicial candidates to express an interest in the true meaning of the law of the land.

It has erected a multitude of new regulatory offices few of which have any basis in the Constitution and has as a form of graft filled them with friends, lobbyists, and placemen.

It has refused to properly fund our armies in times of peace without including graft and monies unconnected to the needs of our armed forces.

It has therefore interfered with the military stopping it from operating at peak efficiency.’

It has conspired with powers outside our duly constituted authority to take away our constitutional rights, to subvert our national laws, and has given assent to forces such as the UN to rule us from afar without accountability. These outside forces are hateful of our system and desire it’s end. Therefore we accuse our government of attacking us from inside.

For positing that UN forces are superior in authority to our own:

For signing treaties inimical to our national interests:

For cutting off free trade with worthy countries such as Colombia, yet opening trade with evil countries such as China:

For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

For depriving us of our constitutional rights of property, life, and self-protection at every opportunity:

For creating rules that encroach on freedom of religion:

For increasing the size of government to never before seen size and power in a manner against our founding principles and for purposefully creating chaos in business, banking, and every other area of the private sector with never ending regulations that strangle, confuse, and stifle American growth:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

And for corrupting our legislatures with federal largess and assuming unto the federal government all powers to rule from Washington D.C.

It has abdicated its Constitutional role and essentially come to see the people as an enemy and waged philosophical war against us.

It has plundered our businesses with overweening regulations, capriciously outlawed entire fields of business, and burdened the lives of the people with oppressive taxes.

It has created an army of police, taxmen and regulators to fan out across the land to assault and imprison our citizens, to confiscate lands to federal ownership and to lay waste the economy and bring our people into a form of dependency akin to slavery.

It has often sent our armed forces to foreign nations without a proper mission, held back necessary funding, and burdened it with untenable “rules of engagement” which has limited our troop’s ability to fight to win, and has allowed barbarous enemies to gain the upper hand on the battle field.

It has attempted to separate the citizenry into warring factions yet has allowed our enemy to easily enter the country and perpetrate a merciless Muslim warfare which is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, religions and American institutions and intends enslavement of us all.

In every stage of these violations millions of citizens have gathered in the streets to protest these government outrages yet no heed has been paid to the agony of the people in its hallowed halls.

Nor have we been heard by our Democrat brethren. We have warned them of the destruction of the American rule of law, yet they are uninterested in this plight. We have appealed to their love of country and we have reminded them of the glorious history of our great nation to no avail. They have turned a deaf ear to Constitutionality, a cold shoulder to our American character, and our law and we find their sympathies lie with Europeans instead of their fellow Americans. We must, therefore, consider them enemies of our national interests, safety, health, and welfare.

We, therefore, the representatives of the American tradition and character assemble as citizens proud of our history and institutions, and in the tradition of our national power being held in the hands of the people, assert our loyalty to our true American system. We hold this government to be illegitimate by its usurpation of power and its obviation of our laws. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence that has been rejected by our enemies, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Let the revolution begin!

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