Compare this mainstream scoffing.
Now consider deeply Tom Baugh’s recent comment:
A million now? Nice.
A long time ago, the USMC sent me to the Xerox sales school in Leesburg as part of the training for recruiting duty. One of the interesting tidbits was that Bell/ATT did a study on customer satisfaction, and found that for every person who will lodge a complaint about a product or service, another nine or so people are equally unsatisfied but don’t bother telling the vendor about it (politeness, too busy, found something else already, et c., or in some cases, fear).
So, it is reasonable to assume that as many as ten million people are dissatisfied enough to consider the secession issue to one degree or another. Even a conservative (pun intended) estimate might be between two to four million people.
Still a small number overall, but here is the fun part. How many people do those two to four million people touch? And one level away, those people? This could grow exponentially in unexpected ways. And each time this bubble touches a “connector” the number takes a huge leap. Or become solidified as the bubble comes at them from different sides.
Recommended action item of the day: find the connectors around you in meatspace. These are the people who seem to know everyone, such as the owner of the feed store where people hang out all day. Then, help this secession bubble (and other related bubbles often discussed on these sites) touch them. In essence, become the connector for all the connectors you know.
Remember, in the case of this “product”, secession itself doesn’t even have to happen to have a throttling effect on government excesses. The mere thought of it in the public space is a powerful disincentive as it shows that there is a limit, however ill-defined, to what will be deemed as acceptable. Secession, as with jury nullification, was worth so much to stamp out that it took generations of propaganda and flag pledging to choke these ideas out, and looky looky how fast this one is coming back.
But if it does happen, well, then, bonus…
And don’t forget, “Oh, Mr. Connector, have you heard about jury nullification?”
To be clear, I do not believe that there is a snowball’s chance that Leviathan will recant and grant subsidiarity to American citizens.
More’s the better.
The more Leviathan and its priest-class squeezes Joe Sixpack and Mary Goodmom, the more Joe and Mary become susceptible to reason, as opposed to their long-standing statist indoctrination and habit.
Reason-based questions such as:
Who owns you?
Who owns your children?
Who owns your property?
Why do you think others claim ownership over you, your children, and your property?
What is this thing called “society”, and what impact does it have on you?
If others do claim ownership or control over you, your children, and/or your property, is that claim legitimate, or is it simply based on force?
Must you obey the law? Every law? If not some, how do you decide which to obey and which to defy?
What promises have been made to you by these people who claim power over you?
Are they keeping those promises?
How do these people get their money to do what they say they are doing?
What did the Founders mean mean they approved this language from the Declaration of Independence?
…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…
Insert more questions in comments.
The objective is not to turn Joe and Mary into fire-breathing, tyrant-slaying revolutionaries today.
The goal instead is to expand the number of people are calling Bravo Sierra on a corrupt and collapsing social order.
Secession from tyranny begins within each individual.
And the significance of the White House petitions?
More and more people are making that first transition into a broader world.
Help drive those transitions.
Be a Connector.