It is alarming when the Tea Party merges with the NRA, but that is where we are today.
Uber-teabagger talk radio personality Adam Kokesh (not Koresh, but so close it made me look more than twice) is agitating for a peaceful, yet fully-armed and loaded, unpermitted march on Washington DC, where openly carrying guns is against the law:
On the morning of July 4, 2013, Independence Day, we will muster at the National Cemetery & at noon we will step off to march across the Memorial Bridge, down Independence Avenue, around the Capitol, the Supreme Court, & the White House, then peacefully return to Virginia across the Memorial Bridge. This is an act of civil disobedience, not a permitted event. We will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny. We are marching to mark the high water mark of government & to turn the tide. This will be a non-violent event, unless the government chooses to make it violent. Should we meet physical resistance, we will peacefully turn back, having shown that free people are not welcome in Washington, & returning with the resolve that the politicians, bureaucrats, & enforcers of the federal government will not be welcome in the land of the free.
There’s a remote chance that there will be violence as there has been from government before, and I think it should be clear that if anyone involved in this event is approached respectfully by agents of the state, they will submit to arrest without resisting. We are truly saying in the SUBTLEST way possible that we would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.
Now, it just might be me, but it seems to me when you are calling for an armed force of 10,000 to march on any capitol city, the point is not for demonstration but for confrontation. It’s absurd to think of it as any thing other than provocative.
I admire the Libertarian sensibility of being pro-peace, it is where that political philosophy’s better angels sit. This does not strike me as Libertarian, though. How does one marshall a group of undisciplined, alleged patriots bearing loaded arms into what by definition will be an illegal activity into the capitol? How will this work out without having someone want to be a martyr?
When the government comes to take your guns, you can shoot government agents, or submit to slavery.— Adam Kokesh (@adamkokesh) May 3, 2013
As of this post, Kokesh has rallied nearly 1,000 people to his cause, so perhaps he cannot pull it off, but he still has a lot of time to rally his troops.
I do not see a way that this will end well.
(Crooks and Liars, Think Progress)