Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death: 2012 NDAA

The following “artistic liberty” is from Patrick Henry’s 1775 speech  after ten years of his government’s violations of  constitutional rights. The speech followed the first government attempts to use a standing army to disarm Americans. A standing army was in explicit violation of the English Bill of Rights.

NDAA 2012 (National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012) explicitly states dictatorial authority of the US executive branch to order US military to seize any person, including US citizens, for unlimited detention and without rights. This repeats explicit language in the 2006 Military Commissions Act. The previous two links document the specific and explicit Constitutional violations.

Because US government’s 1% “leadership” has tortured, refused to stop or prosecute torture under “new” “leadership” of Obama, now assassinates American citizens upon the dictation of the president, and now legislatives in NDAA 2012 to “disappear” Americans, our choice in 2012 seems clear: either arrest the criminal 1% “leadership” for obvious crimes, or suffer the seizure, disappearance, and torture of your neighbors, friends, family, and yourself in 2012.

The 30-second video shows what NDAA 2012 authorizes. You all learned in high school history that educated Germans allowed the same fascist devolution of their government.

Open proposal for US Revolution: end unlawful wars, parasitic economics is my strongest work to explain and document the 1%’s CRIMES centering in war and money.

Occupy This: US History exposes the 1%’s crimes then and now is my strongest work to explain and document that criminal Wars of Aggression and looting have been central in US policies for over 150 years.

History’s purpose is to recognize and act upon patterns of behavior in the present. Patrick Henry strongly agrees:

This is no time for ceremony.

The question before Americans is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly presidents and would-be kings.

It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope.

We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren while it transforms us into animals. Is this the part of wise men and women, engaged in a struggle for liberty? Are we to be of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not? For my part, whatever it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.

I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of Presidents and Congress for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which Americans have been pleased to solace themselves.

Is it that insidious smile with which Obama states “reservations” while signing NDAA into law? Trust it not; it will prove a snare to your feet! Do be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how a signing statement compares with those warlike preparations that darken our land.

Are armies necessary to a work of love?

Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled with our own Constitution that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves! These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which a tyrants  resort!

And what have we to oppose them? Shall we try argument? We have been trying that for the last ten years!

Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing! We have held the subject up in every possible light; but it has been all in vain.

What arguments shall we find which have not been already exhausted when we “hoped” for “change”?

Let us not, I beseech you, deceive ourselves. We have done everything that could be done! We have petitioned; we have begged; we have prostrated ourselves before President Obama and Congress to arrest the tyrannical hands of  President Bush, his War Criminals, and his Wall Street looting “1%.”

Our petitions to uphold the rule of law have been rejected while the petitioners have been arrested.

Our requests for justice have only produced additional violence and insult with expanded wars, more lies for war on Iran, torture, and continued bankster looting. We have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the 1%!

In vain we indulged the hope of peace and reconciliation with the 1% to uphold justice and our own Constitution. There is no longer any room for hope! If we wish to be free– if we mean to preserve our Constitutional rights for which we have been so long contending –we must Occupy!

I repeat it: we must Occupy!

Civil resistance, appeal to law enforcement to arrest the criminal 1% and not those who protest against the crimes, and appeal to the God of 100% is all that is left us!

They tell us that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when our military shall be stationed in every house? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until the criminal 1% have bound us hand and foot and placed us in FEMA camps?

We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature has placed in our power!

The hundreds of millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which the 1% can send against us.

Besides, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight with us. The battle is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.

Besides, Americans, we have no election with corporate media propaganda and unaccountable electronic voting machines. Even if we were weak enough to desire it, it is now too late to quit from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard at Occupy camps across the country!

Occupy  is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it: let Occupy come!

It is impossible to overstate the matter.

Americans may cry, “Hope, Change,” but there is no peace from unlawful wars! There is no Constitutional law! The next act of tyranny that sweeps from the 1% with NDAA will bring the clash of resounding arms! Occupy brethren and sisters are already in the fields and parks!

Why stand we here idle? What is it that Americans wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Perhaps more accurately: either We the People demand and defend our liberty, or NDAA will give us death. That is, if US military chooses to reject the Constitution, love, and justice to disappear Americans rather than arrest obvious War Criminals and looters of trillions of Americans’ dollars every year.

Btw: my personal observation and recommendation for Occupy groups is to develop strategies that avoid arrests. Gandhi and Dr. King strategically targeted specific laws to break that made visible their government’s hypocrisy. When creative and lawful means of 1st Amendment rights are available, perhaps creative thinking can create expressions within the law that are more effective public communications than having to confront legal arguments regarding “Time, Place, and Manner.” If there are unconstitutional/unlawful violations by the 1%  that Occupy groups choose to make visible and challenge, then polarizing that specific violation by refusing unjust laws might be effective.

With strategy, we can place the 1% on our own horns of a dilemma whereby their crimes are more effectively exposed to the 99%.

 

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  • Tyson

    Love the Patrick Henry reference. Not in total agreement with using the whole Occupy 99%/1% thing. I think the Occupiers have it partially right, they are missing the point that it is not just Wall Street but the Political Elite as well. Put the two together. Government Corruption (both parties), Banking Elites(Federal Reserve and All Central Bankers) and the con-artists on Wall Street and you have the whole picture.

    The Occupier’s problem is that they have let anarchists, socialists, communists etc infiltrate. The Republic as originally designed that insures liberties is the key not some social utopia where everyone makes the same, lives the same etc. MARXism doesn’t work any better than Statism, Fascism, etc.

    Everyone who is successful is not an evil 1%er, nor is every 99% pure as wind driven snow. I don’t count myself in the 1% (by a long shot) but I also will not count myself with anarchist, socialists, communists etc. Clean house, stop having sex in the public, doing drugs, raping women, learn some PR, put on a better face.

    If you think your freedom and liberties will be secure under socialism and communism you are an useful idiot. Check your history, neither of theose systems have every allowed their citizens liberties, you are but a slave

    Restore the Republic is the answer.

    • Carl Herman

      If we just arrest the War Criminals and looters, I’m happy to fix policy one-by-one without the labels. Yes, restore the Republic under law.

  • Patrick Henry’s Ghost

    Patrick Henry’s Ghost
    January 5, 2012
    No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those men if, entertaining as I do, offer opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before Americans is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.
    America, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope and change. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. We have allowed ourselves to become woefully ill prepared for calamities of life. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Is it our fate to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it. Awareness of your situation allows you to be prepared for those calamities. I fear a storm of immense calamity has fallen upon this Republic.
    I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of Presidents and Congress for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which Americans have been pleased to comfort themselves.
    Is it that insidious smile with which President Obama states “reservations” while signing the National Defense Authorization Act into law? Trust it not; it will prove a snare to your feet! Do be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how a signing statement compares with those warlike preparations that darken our land. I threat of detainment by the army necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled with our own Constitution that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves! These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which a tyrants resort! Now the Senate has before it Senate Bill 1698 that will allow the stripping away of your citizenship should you be found in hostilities toward the United States Government. Why have we allowed our elected defenders of Liberty to lay such treasonous traps before the American people?
    I ask Patriots, what does this law mean, if its purpose is not to force us to submission and silence? Can anyone assign any other possible motive for it? What purpose does it serve but to destroy the very tenants of our constitution? There are none! They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are to bind and rivet upon us those chains which those we have elected to represent us have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? We have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to pleading and begging? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I plead with you, deceive ourselves. America, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; have we not protested; we have ask with respect; we have bowed ourselves before the Presidents and Congress, Our petitions to uphold the rule of law have been rejected while our constitution is continually trampled by those that would enslave and detain us. Our petitions have been slighted; our protests have produced additional violence and insult; our humble requests have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the very ones that we have given charge to protect our liberties! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free– if we mean to preserve our Constitutional rights for which we have been so long contending –we must fight! I repeat it, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!
    They tell us, we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, or when our military shall search every home and person or be stationed in every house? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until they have bound us hand and foot and placed us in Detention camps? Patriots, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The hundreds of millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which those that wish for tyranny can send against us. No armed citizenry can be defeated by any standing army.
    Besides, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, we have no election without corporate media propaganda and unaccountable electronic voting machines. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard from lovers of liberty across the country! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, let it come.
    It is in vain, sir, to continue in the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The passage of the Nation Detention Provision all but has assured war with Patriots and lovers of liberty. The next gale that sweeps from Washington and the corrupt Central bankers will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Why are we not already in the field! Why are you standing here idle? What is it that we wish? What would they have? Our life, our submission, our silence, our guns, our very liberty that we hold dear! Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

    • Carl Herman

      I’m glad our messages at Washington’s Blog are reaching the right spirits for their help!

  • light

    It seems to me that expecting lots of people to suddenly disappear into prison, ovens, etc. in 2012 is a little overdone. Like the christian ‘rapture’.
    Not to say it will not happen. Give three or four years and we may start seeing that ‘en masse’. That is scary. But 2012. A few here and there that cause lots of trouble.
    When the ‘elite’ can control Americans by brute force, with a large enough U N army, etc. then we will have trouble on our hands. The elite don’t want riots. Just control.
    Small riots like wall street are fine. They can control them like Egypt, Greece, etc.
    But with bids going out to companies to buy concentration camps with a 72 hour notice to get them up and running ‘if and when the order goes out to activate them’, I am definitely getting ‘worried’.

    • Carl Herman

      Nice summary. So yes, we should do our best to have law enforcement and military actually enforce the law and Constitution. That means to arrest the criminals of war and looting rather than the messengers.

  • Christine

    Ok, so i’ve read Mr. Herman’s explanation of the War crimes, and both he and Washington’s blog seem to agree that prosecution of the war criminals is necessary. Considering the Geneva Convention it’s obvious to me now that every war (or all those bombings they don’t call wars) that the US has been involved in during my 31 years on this earth have been totally illegal and unconstitutional. But no one seems to talk about how to do this. Prosecutors have limited jurisdiction, they can prosecute only crimes that happen in the jurisdiction they work in, and their ( ok, our, i know i’m not fooling anyone) boss is an elected official. No elected official is going to cooperate with this in my opinion, and any individual prosecutor who attempts something like this is going to be immediately fired, replaced, and the case dismissed. And who is going to arrest them?
    I get more and more frustrated with this as time goes on. I know from this website and others that I am not alone, but it seems to me perhaps more should be done to fit the right puzzle pieces (players) together. I think we are running out of time.

    • Carl Herman

      Good points, and that’s part of the objectives for the 99% to accomplish. Any law enforcement officer with jurisdiction for murder can prosecute under state laws.

  • Jay

    Sometimes I wonder if they’ll think its all worth it once their ~70 yrs is up on this planet….

 

 

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