LongHorn has a very valid point about the effectiveness of passive resistance against a government/military that has little or no regard for human life; from my time in the service, I don’t think our citizen soldiers, much less our military’s officers, would order or carry out such a thing as seen in Tienneman Square.
On the other hand, as I’ve pointed out in another post, no modern army, no matter how well trained or equipped, has triumphed over an armed populace of partisan guerillas.
Witness China, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Chechnya.
With 65,000,000 gun owners in this country and an estimated 200,000,000 to 300,000,000 guns in the hands of private citizens versus a total combined military strength of approximately 1,000,000, I say no contest.
Point, set and match to the People and the Constitution.
But, speaking purely hypothetically…
If a President were to somehow declare him(her?)self Supremem Dictator For Life (and I find the chance of this somewhere below a snowball’s chance in hell), and Congress went along, and The Supreme Court as well, the El Presidente’s orders would still have to be carried out and enforced by both the Military and the various federal law enforcement agencies.
Those agencies are compsed of professional men and women, who’s Oaths of Service are not to a person, but rather to a document, an idea, called the Constitution and The Law; a Just Law, derived from the consent of the governed.
Were our new Emperor to start ordering mass arrests and ethnic cleansing, nationalizing private businesses and other such activities, I have no doubt that a combined force of local, state and federal police, backed by the Joint Chiefs and all that they bring with them, would burst into the Oval Office and the Congressional Chambers and carry our merry little tinhorns away for lengthy mental examinations and even lengthier stays at various Federal Corrections Facilities.
But the Grand Conspiracy wouldn’t allow for that; the military and the bureaucracy would already be in the President’s pocket, so to speak, and would readily carry out any order, any atrocity, at the President’s say-so.
See above statements about dedicated partisan guerillas and the number of firearms in this country.
I personally feel the greatest threat to our freedom is from those who abrogate their responsibilities as citizens, instead relying on the government to “Do Something!”; allowing politicians to create massive bureaucracies run by political appointees (rather than dedicated carreer professionals) more sensitive to the political needs and goals of their benefactor than the office they hold and represent.
Once idividual citizens again realize that no agency, administration or bureau should have absolute say over their lives, and begin to take back upon themselves the responsibilities concomitant with being a Citizen in our representative democracy, will this threat disappear.
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