I have thought lately about all the marches on Washington D.C. by conservative groups.
We have had several gatherings of groups such as the TEA PARTY and the 9/12 Group. They have organized separately and together to go to the nation’s capital and to voice their opposition to many of the things that our current president and Democrat controlled congress are attempting to do.
These organizations and many smaller ones have gathered support from around the nation. They have called on citizens to travel to the capital and to demonstrate their growing discontent with the direction the country is headed in. And their call to action has been answered by millions of people .
We have seen patriots show up on days that have been extremely hot and days that have been cold. They came because they felt strongly that it was the right thing to do. I solute them and thank them for their sacrifice of time and energy. I have not been able to go on one of these marches due to my work schedule. I regret this very much.
What shocks me the most about these marches , is the fact that these groups,such as the TEA PARTY have been forced to apply for a permit to be allowed to come to the nation’s capital city. Why?
Why must citizens of the United States of America apply for a permit to travel to their own capital city ? Well it is clearly a way for the government to control the size and the location of any demonstrations.
Well let me tell all of you out there who are not already aware of it , we all have a permit to go to D.C. and to demonstrate, it’s called the 1st Amendment.
” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.
Notice the part about the right of the people peaceably to assemble. This means that we as citizens can assemble anywhere we want as long as we do it peaceably.
So what is my point here? Well maybe it is time we stop playing by the rules of those who would rule us. Maybe it is time we start dealing with these people in government, in the way our founders saw fit to empower us to. As individual citizens we have the right to travel to our nations capital . We have the right to contact our leaders on a one to one basis. These rights should not and do not change merely because a million or more people happen to agree with us.
History has shown us that civil disobedience works. It worked for Gandhi, it worked for Martin Luther King Jr. and it worked for the anti-war movement.
Let us take a page from their books and instead of notifying the government ahead of time, maybe what we need is a more underground movement.
Suppose people organized quietly to show up in the nation’s capital on a day when the powers that be were not expecting them . Without prior notification and without asking permission. Just show up in the thousands, maybe in the millions. Just come in the same as any tourist would . By train or bus or on foot. Imagine shutting down the capital. What would the police do ? Well I suppose they could ask the people to leave. And if they wouldn’t, then what ?What if the people just sat down?
Would the police begin to use night sticks and shields on the people. Would they drag some sixty something grandma off to a police van to be hauled down to the station and booked ? Imagine that image on Fox News.
It is time that we the citizens, make it clear that we are the ones in charge of this nation. We must show that those we choose to send to D.C. are accountable to us and will answer to us. We will not be made to stand at the door of the masters bed chamber and ask permission to enter.
Those hallowed halls of the Capital Building and the White House belong to all citizens of this nation. The streets of Washington D.C. should be the exact place we go when we wish to demonstrate our discontent with those who act as if we are their subjects. It is time we remind them that they serve at the pleasure of the people.