Without mass civil disobedience, we will not make it out of this mess.
As Senator Rand Paul said recently, “They can’t arrest us all.” They can’t. If enough people stop complying with unconstitutional mandates and directives, it will send the government into chaos. It’s what they fear most: losing control. Control and power are all the people in power care about. Yes, they care about money, too. But without power, they don’t get any money. People in politics and government don’t make their money through voluntary persuasion, as legitimate businesses (small and large) do. Nancy Pelosi didn’t become a billionaire through creating a product or service that millions wish to buy. She became a billionaire through coercion, deceit and manipulation — decades of it, assisted by a dishonest, fawning media as well as many ignorant voters. Ditto for Joe Biden, and all the other politicians who became millionaires and billionaires.
Civil disobedience is the Kyrptonite of politicians. When they see us wearing masks, staying inside, getting vaccinated because they say so — regardless of our concerns, or the concerns of our doctors, including our mental health professionals — then they are happy. They know that if they can get the vast majority to do all these things, they can probably get the vast majority to do anything. This makes them happy; and their happiness is their sickness. They know if the vast majority do their bidding — some of them resentfully — then they can get the vast majority to intimidate and threaten those who will not (yet) comply. Everything now unfolding with vaccinations and vaccination passports demonstrates the polar opposite of civil disobedience — and everything is now unfolding precisely as evil, powerful people desire it.
It’s not about masks or a mostly survivable virus. It’s not about health or safety. It’s about the “safety” of the powerful to maintain/expand their control and, where relevant, their money flow. That’s all it is, and all it ever will be. It’s human nature at its absolute worse. It’s human nature just a couple of rungs above the actions of a Nazi Germany. We’re almost there. I believe today’s power mongers have the potential to be much worse than Hitler, inconceivable as that is. Just watch. People in power can go wherever they want with the unqualified and unconditional support of the vast majority of the people behind them. Unthinking or fearful people are all they need.
So far, they have ZERO losses in their column. Nothing, absolutely nothing, stands in their way. Other than mass civil disobedience, which has yet to happen.
What do we have to do? In mass numbers, we have to stop complying with the idiotic, the insane, the unsustainable and the brazenly, openly unconstitutional. Stop complying. It’s as simple as that. If you’re afraid of being put in jail, just remember that they can’t put all of us in jail. Break down the system. Make it all come to a screeching halt — not through fire and violence; but through simply refusing to participate in it, under these conditions.
If you’re too afraid to take those steps, now or ever, then you’re going to have to accept the consequences. Those consequences are unfolding very rapidly, almost daily, right before our eyes. Those consequences will become much worse than anything you ever feared about disobedience. And just think: You can tell your children and grandchildren that YOU are the generation who lost our freedom, when they ask, “What’s all the ‘freedom’ I hear about prior to 2020?”
Civil disobedience will not be enough. There is no one single thing that will fix this mess. In many respects, it’s too late. It’s too late to avoid a disaster because, if we’re honest about it, the disaster is unfolding. Joe Biden is not the cause of a disaster; he’s the result and consequence of a disaster that already happened, and that’s getting worse by the day. Kamala Harris and all that’s to follow will be even worse.
But we can minimize the impact and at least try to reverse course. We can experience, in authentic solidarity with fellow freedom-loving citizens (millions of them), the satisfaction that emerges from simply not complying, and from doing so in numbers of tens of millions.
You can make the tyrants crazy. They’re already evil, and that will never change. But let’s make them suffer. Let’s torture them, by refusing to comply.
You’re not helpless, so long as you remember that.