Even if you have been living under a rock (and no I don’t mean Saudi Arabia) you have heard about the seemingly global civil unrest in countries such as Argentina, Cuba, Tunisia, and Egypt. These peoples, being under despotic rule, decided that tyranny could reign no longer. They took to the streets, organized themselves into groups, and fought against riot police, State curfews, and good ol’ made-in-America tear gas in order to get that message across.
I was surprised to see such a violent (read turbulent) uprising in so many countries in such a short period of time. However, surprise was only the tip of my emotional iceberg. I started to feel hope and excitement. I started to think “man, if it can happen there, then it can happen here, too!” But, this train of thought left me wondering “Is there a better alternative to open riots in the street?” I know we all have a lot of steam built up from our tyrannical government and its almost daily unconstitutional behavior. But, would it really work?
Then I recalled my States Rights support and realized something; America is in a unique position with regard to despot overthrows. We have 50 pseudo-nations that are supposed to be held in a very loose union (a barely discernable union) with the District of Columbia being an almost ethereal arbiter in a very limited number of instances. Granted, this is most assuredly no longer the case.
But, the core concept still remains; the US was designed to be ‘dictator proof.’ The existence of such independent governments in very small concert with each other is a rather unique position for a country to find itself during times of economic catastrophe and pending civil collapse. Although many other countries have ‘provinces’ or ‘states’, not many are meant to be governed almost autonomously from their respective Federal governments.
What does this mean?
Yes, we currently have the right and the duty to overthrow our traitorous president and all his cronies in Washington, DC. However, we have one of the few opportunities in the world to do it non-violently using our very own Constitution. We have states’ rights.
Article I Section 8 of the United States Constitution spells out what the US Congress can do, while Section 9 of the same Article lays out what Congress cannot do. Section 10 finishes Article I by laying out the powers that are prohibited to the states. We find that the 10th amendment reads “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Using this as our framework, we can legitimize the various states’ rights/10th amendment groups and their agendas. Once we have established that “states’ rights” is a legitimate cause, we can expand that idea into action. This action would include re-“dictator proofing” our nation through our several states. This would include 10th amendment resolutions, nullification bills, state supremacy laws, and finally ending in an Article V convention/constitutional convention. All of this (“overthrowing” or more effectively disarming and stripping all meaning from our president and a large portion of our Federal government, re-establishing the Constitution of the several states and the US Constitution, and restoring the Republic)without bloodshed.
Now, yes, I understand that history is most assuredly against me on this idea. Yes, I understand that a violent civil uprising may actually be the empowering sparks this land of complacence needs. Also, I do understand this is wishful thinking. I’m certainly aware of this.
I just feel it is worth pointing out that we have a very unique opportunity to fix our own problems. Whether we are able to take that opportunity or not…well the answer to that is looking pretty grim.