Commentary on this post:
Don’t underestimate the opposition while doing a chest-beating dance.
WE will have ourselves: outgunned; outmanned; vilified/demonized, scattered about the country; few technological resources; virtually no intelligence apparatus; most likely no active foreign support (unlike the Founding Fathers).
THEY will have: massive firepower at all levels; control of the propaganda machine (aka MSM); much greater manpower; support/assistance of the majority of the population; an established and superior intelligence community; well-trained, well-funded, motivated and seasoned troops with combat experience in various theaters of war; massive reserves of manpower in the form of the security forces (FBI, DEA, DHS, state/county/local law enforcement); communications capabilities that include space satellites.
This is a fight we cannot win as the facts stand.
That is, noting the facts above, FREEFOR cannot achieve a Constitutional restoration that encompasses the territory of what is now the United States of America. The corruption within the political system reflects the corruption in the body of the People itself; the People do not want Liberty. They want bread (food stamps, Social Security, welfare, MedicAid) and circuses (NASCAR, American Idol, Fantasy Football, Blue State/Red State antagonism). If we attempt to replace what they have and want with what they willingly gave up and don’t care for, then they will gleefully assist the FEDGOV in crushing any incipient liberty movement.
No, the best way to achieve a Constitutional polity is to retreat, concentrate, and build an entirely new entity truly based on principles of Liberty. Put simply, a secessionist/separatist movement, concentrated in one or two states, might (MIGHT) succeed.
Such a movement has several advantages:
(1) It concentrates the FREEFOR within geographic regions where FREEFOR would be embedded among friendly natives, reducing the percentage of the population willing to betray you;
(2) It places the FEDGOV in an untenable position — it won’t use its most powerful weapons against you if such entails revealing its true face to domestic and international audiences — the FEDGOV must maintain the fiction that it is one of the “good guys”. A separatist movement might thus leverage “international opinion”, as the Palestinians and Bosnians did, in our favor by manipulating the narrative — you can move from being a “terrorist” to being a “dissident” or a “militant”.
(3) It nullifies the motivational advantage for the OPFOR — by securing a geographical base, with a political-military framework that claims constitutional legitimacy, it might plant the seed doubt among the OPFOR as to the interests for which they fight. In such a fight, PSYOPS will be crucial for de-moralizing OPFOR and even (maybe) securing defectors.
(4) A separatist movement has the high moral ground and can leverage it for recruitment — the purpose is not to “overthrow the government”, but rather to “re-constitute the vision of the Founders”. In the eyes of the world, YOU are not initiating battle (No Fort Sumters). By seceding, FREEFOR withdraws its obedience and FEDGOV must either attack or cede the ground. The first serves to alienate part of the population and international opinion, while the latter undermines the legitimacy of the FEDGOV.
A separatist/secessionist movement serves as the political framework within which the military options are exercised. Politics with no military option only lends legitimacy to the current system (Tea Party, for example); exercising the military option without a coherent political strategy devolves into terrorism, and can be easily isolated and crushed (Weathermen, Montana Freemen).
Reports from readers in Wyoming and New Hampshire will be most appreciated.