left-wing, or the pitiful remnant of it, thinks that the great issues of our
time are transgender rights and racism. The right-wing sees the great issues as
immigration and “domestic extremists.” There simply are few American people
with sufficient awareness to be led. The hope is a serious collapse will
discredit our oppressors and bring awareness to the unaware.
There Will Be No Second American Revolution:
The Futility of an Armed Revolt
By John W. Whitehead
July 18, 2016
“A standing military force, with an overgrown
Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison
America is a ticking time bomb.
All that remains to be seen is who—or what—will
set fire to the fuse.
We are poised at what seems to be the pinnacle
of a manufactured breakdown, with police shooting unarmed citizens, snipers
shooting police, global and domestic violence rising, and a political showdown
between two presidential candidates equally matched in unpopularity.
The preparations for the Republican and
Democratic national conventions taking place in Cleveland and
Philadelphia—augmented by a $50 million federal security grant for each city—provide a
foretaste of how the government plans to deal with any individual or group that
steps out of line: they will be censored, silenced, spied on, caged, intimidated, interrogated, investigated,
recorded, tracked, labeled, held at gunpoint, detained, restrained, arrested,
tried and found guilty.
Make no mistake, the government is ready for a
Indeed, the government has been preparing for
this moment for years.
A 2008 Army War College report revealed that
“widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense
establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order
and human security.” The 44-page report goes on to warn that potential causes for
such civil unrest could include another terrorist attack, “unforeseen economic
collapse, loss of functioning political and
purposeful domestic resistance or insurgency, pervasive public health
emergencies, and catastrophic natural and human disasters.”
Subsequent reports by the Department of
Homeland Security to identify, monitor and label right-wing and left-wing activists
and military veterans as
extremists (a.k.a. terrorists) have manifested into full-fledged pre-crime
surveillance programs. Almost a decade later, after locking down the nation and
spending billions to fight terrorism, the DHS has concluded that the greater threat is not ISIS but domestic right-wing
Rounding out this profit-driven campaign to
turn American citizens into enemy combatants (and America into a battlefield)
is a technology sector that is colluding with the government to create a Big
Brother that is all-knowing, all-seeing and
not just the drones, fusion centers, license plate readers, stingray
devices and the NSA that you have to worry about. You’re also being tracked by
the black boxes in your cars, your cell phone, smart devices in
your home, grocery loyalty cards, social media accounts, credit cards,
streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, and e-book reader accounts.
All of this has taken place right under our
noses, funded with our taxpayer dollars and carried out in broad daylight
without so much as a general outcry from the citizenry.
It’s astounding how convenient we’ve made it
for the government to lock down the nation.
We’ve even allowed ourselves to be acclimated
to the occasional lockdown of government buildings, Jade Helm military drills in small towns
so that special operations forces can get “realistic military training” in “hostile” territory, and Live Active Shooter Drill training exercises, carried
out at schools, in shopping malls, and on public transit, which can and do fool
law enforcement officials, students, teachers and bystanders into thinking it’s
a real crisis.
The events of recent years—the invasive
surveillance, the extremism reports, the civil unrest, the protests, the
shootings, the bombings, the military exercises and active shooter drills, the
color-coded alerts and threat assessments, the fusion centers, the
transformation of local police into extensions of the military, the
distribution of military equipment and weapons to local police forces, the
government databases containing the names of dissidents and potential
troublemakers—have all conjoined to create an environment in which “we the
people” are more distrustful and fearful of each other and more reliant on the
government to keep us safe.
Of course, that’s the point.
The powers-that-be want us to feel vulnerable.
They want us to fear each other and trust the
government’s hired gunmen to keep us safe from terrorists, extremists,
jihadists, psychopaths, etc.
Most of all, the powers-that-be want us to feel
powerless to protect ourselves and reliant on and grateful for the dubious
protection provided by the American police state.
There is no place in our nation for the kind of
armed revolution our forefathers mounted against a tyrannical Great Britain.
Such an act would be futile and tragic. We are no longer dealing with a
distant, imperial king but with a tyrant of our own making: a militarized,
technologized, heavily-financed bureaucratic machine that operates beyond the
reach of the law.
The message being sent to the citizenry is
clear: there will be no revolution, armed or otherwise.
Anyone who believes that they can wage—and
win—an armed revolt against the American police state has not been paying
attention. Those who wage violence against the government and their fellow
citizens are playing right into the government’s hands. Violence cannot and
will not be the answer to what ails America.
Whether instigated by the government or the
citizenry, violence will only lead to more violence. It does not matter how
much firepower you have. The government has more firepower.
It does not matter how long you think you can
hold out by relying on survivalist skills, guerilla tactics and sheer grit. The
government has the resources to outwait, out-starve, outman, outgun and
generally overpower you.
This government of wolves will not be overtaken
Unfortunately, we waited too long to wake up to
the government’s schemes.
What the government failed to explain was that
the domestic terrorists would be of the government’s own making, whether
intentional or not.
By waging endless wars abroad, by bringing the
instruments of war home, by transforming police into extensions of the
military, by turning a free society into a suspect society, by treating
American citizens like enemy combatants, by discouraging and criminalizing a free
exchange of ideas, by making violence its calling card through SWAT team raids
and militarized police, by fomenting division and strife among the citizenry,
by acclimating the citizenry to the sights and sounds of war, and by generally
making peaceful revolution all but impossible, the government has engineered an
environment in which domestic violence has become inevitable.
What we are now experiencing is a civil war,
devised and instigated in part by the U.S. government.
The outcome for this particular conflict is
already foregone: the police state wins.
The objective: compliance and control.
The strategy: destabilize the economy through
endless wars, escalate racial tensions, polarize the populace, heighten
tensions through a show of force, intensify the use of violence, and then, when
all hell breaks loose, clamp down on the nation for the good of the people and
the security of the nation.
So where does that leave us?
Despite the fact that communities across the
country are, for all intents and purposes, being held hostage by a government
that is armed to the teeth and more than willing to use force in order to
“maintain order,” most Americans seem relatively unconcerned. Worse, we have
become so fragmented as a nation, so hostile to those with whom we might
disagree, so distrustful of those who are different from us, that we are easily
divided and conquered.
We have been desensitized to violence,
acclimated to a military presence in our communities and persuaded that there
is nothing we can do to alter the seemingly hopeless trajectory of the nation.
In this way, the floundering economy, the blowback arising from military
occupations abroad, police shootings, the nation’s deteriorating infrastructure
and all of the other mounting concerns have become non-issues to a populace
that is easily entertained, distracted, manipulated and controlled.
The sight of police clad in body armor and gas
masks, wielding semiautomatic rifles and escorting an armored vehicle through a
crowded street, a scene likened to “a military patrol through a hostile
city,” no longer
causes alarm among the general populace.
We are fast becoming an anemic, weak,
pathetically diluted offspring of our revolutionary forebears incapable of
mounting a national uprising against a tyrannical regime.
If there is to be any hope of reclaiming our
government and restoring our freedoms, it will require a different kind of
coup: nonviolent, strategic and grassroots, starting locally and trickling
upwards. Such revolutions are slow and painstaking. They are political, in
part, but not through any established parties or politicians.
Most of all, as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the
American People, for
any chance of success, such a revolution will require more than a change of
politics: it will require a change of heart among the American people, a
reawakening of the American spirit, and a citizenry that cares more about their
freedoms than their fantasy games.