Moving From Apathy to Effectiveness – Part IV

In this last section I had originally intended to give a brief overview on prepping. However, on pondering that, I decided to change course a little. For one, I’m far from an expert on the matter, and for two, there is already a vast number of blogs, books and websites on the subject. I wouldn’t be adding much to the conversation by covering readily available material. So, what I’d like to discuss instead is my opinion on why we should prep, and how we should go about it.

The first reason for prepping is obvious: disaster will strike. The only questions are when it will strike, where it will strike, and what form it will take. Preparing physically and mentally to survive any disaster, be it a natural disaster like a hurricane or earthquake, an economic collapse, or even an attack from a foreign government or terrorist organization, is always of wise and of value. If I had to choose the single most important piece of prepping gear though, I think my answer might be surprising. It wouldn’t be solar panels, or the 4-gun battery, or a years worth of food, or anything similar. No, I firmly believe that by far the most valuable prepping supply you can have involves the gray stuff between your ears. This really became obvious to me when I watched this video of a gentleman that fabricates his own kiln-fired-tile-roof wood-heated hut with his bare hands, and only the natural materials he found in the forest. Nothing can substitute for knowledge. So yes, as crazy as this sounds, I’m suggesting that watching YouTube videos can indeed be a valuable prepping activity. Of course, that’s not to say we should abandon all physical prepping, but without the knowledge of how to use and adapt our resources, we may be giving ourselves a false sense of security. I mean, what’s the use in having a HAM radio or a firearm without the knowledge of how to use it? Patriots should have an insatiable appetite for knowledge, and knowledge of things regarding survival, defense, and prepping, should be high on the list.

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From Apathy to Effectiveness: Defeating Our Own Worst Enemy Part 3

Apathy: The Tyrant’s Best Ally – Part III

Our entire society been conditioned to simply accept tyranny, to comply with tyrannical legislation, and to put our efforts into repealing those “laws.” While seeking to repeal that legislation is certainly a noble objective, it is not the only peaceful means of fighting tyranny. Simple non-compliance is another very powerful tool that we should never abandon. In New York and Connecticut, when they passed onerous new gun control laws, it is estimated that a mere 4% of New Yorkers complied with the SAFE act, and even a smaller percentage in Connecticut complied with the new gun control laws enacted in that state in 2014. Compliance gives legitimacy to illegitimate law. We have no moral or Constitutional duty to comply with the legislation of a lawless government that not only infringes upon our natural rights, but violates the highest law of the land. We do have a duty to refuse to comply.

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From Apathy to Effectiveness: Defeating Our Own Worst Enemy – Part II

As much as our inner cynic would probably lead us to conclude otherwise, political action can be very valuable. Besides, if we aim to exhaust every peaceful means possible to prevent the violent effects of tyranny, we’d be remiss to ignore political action entirely in favor of apathy. What we must consider is what is and is not EFFECTIVE political action. It’s easy to get distracted by political parties, factions, and personality candidates. We must stay focused on continuing to ask the question “what will best further the cause of liberty?” and act according to the answer. We have limited resources, so we must leverage the effect of our actions to achieve the greatest impact possible.

Personally, I’ve largely given up on Federal elections, and generally only see value in State elections with specific candidates and in specific States. While States do have the ability to implement nullification and interposition against Federal tyranny, finding the willpower and courage among the elected officials to do so is no small task. Even in independent Texas, Debra Medina was unsuccessful in her campaign for governor with those principles as a large part of her platform. Probably the only notable exceptions to this is the legalization of marijuana in several States, and the variations of the Firearms Freedom Act that have been passed by a handful of States. The 10th Amendment Center is doing great work in this area, but the battle is very much uphill.

I would propose that the most important elections all take place at the County level, starting with the County Sheriff, followed by the County Prosecutor, and the rest of county government. The County Sheriff can not only refuse to enforce unconstitutional legislation and codes, he or she can actually act to prevent them from being enforced, under threat of arrest, and may even deputize the citizenry to assist in doing so. This is not insurrection or sedition, but rather the Sheriff faithfully carrying out the Oath of Office, and defending the Constitution against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic, including the alphabet soup of Federal agencies. Within the County, the Sheriff is the highest ranking Peace Officer, bar none. This provides a fully lawful, universally recognized, and already existing framework to fight against tyranny. This idea is not original to the Order of the White Rose. Sheriff Richard Mack, who along with Sheriff Printz won the SCOTUS ruling on the Brady Bill, has written on the subject. The CSPOA is an organization founded on this principle, and the Constitution County Project is an ongoing effort to actually make some aspect of it reality in Navajo County Arizona.

Recently, in Priest River Idaho, when the VA threatened to confiscate the firearms of a veteran that checked the wrong box on a form he sent to the VA, the County Sheriff, along with a group of patriots, prevented them from doing so. Ultimately, the VA backed down and claimed they never intended to confiscate his firearms in the first place. In 2011, when FDA agents were harassing raw-milk-selling dairy farmer David Hochstetler, the County Sheriff notified the FDA agents they would be arrested for trespassing if they went on his property without a warrant. The FDA backed down. Sheriff Tony DeMeo stood up to BLM in 2004 for illegally seizing cattle from Wayne Hage’s ranch in order to justify removing his water rights. Eventually the BLM came to a proper understanding of the Sheriff’s jurisdiction, but only after threatening to arrest him and being told their SWAT team would be met with the Sheriff’s if they attempted to make good on that threat.

As we can see, there is still value in political action, we just must be very careful and tactical in what action we take. We want to be effective at achieving success, and we can be. Do you have a Constitutional Sheriff in your County? If not, meet with them and see if you can educate them to become one. If you can’t, find someone to replace them, or run yourself. The impact of a County Sheriff fully acting on their Oath of Office will not only be in that specific county, but the ripple effect could very well be felt across the fabric of the nation.

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We are constantly looking for more classes to offer in our quest to help patriots combat apathy and become more well-rounded, well-trained partisans. Now we want to hear from you. What kinds of classes would you be interested in taking? What are your weak areas? What do you need training in?

You might be tempted to jump on the tactical courses, but we encourage you to think outside of that mindset. Are you aware of the strategic targets near your home? Do you know what the threats are in your immediate area if SHTF? Are you able to handle an attacker or intruder in your home? Can you effectively debate your liberties and explain WHY you believe what you believe? Do you understand how to set up a network and leverage it? Are you good at primitive skills?

Take a look at the list below and choose what areas you’d like to train in. We’ll use this to determine classes for the spring. Thanks for your participation in TOWR Classes. Together, we can Educate. Empower. Resist.

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From Apathy to Effectiveness: Defeating Our Own Worst Enemy – Part I

Complaining about the seeming inexorable march of tyranny from the comfort of our easy chair while surfing Facebook on our laptop is all too easy. I know, I find myself there all too often. But the idea that it is inexorable is really a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we always answer the question “what can I do?” with “nothing” . . . that’s exactly what we’ll do: nothing. When we do nothing, we ensure tyranny wins by default. It often looks overwhelming, and leaves us feeling like we need to become superheros to have any real impact. The reality, however, is much different. The reality is that we do not act alone, and acting together, we can give tyranny the “death by a thousand cuts” it so justly deserves. I feel the need here to be abundantly clear: I am NOT speaking of acts of violence taken against the human agents of tyranny. In fact, our aim should be to dismantle the tyranny we face using every peaceful means possible. When we realize we act together, we realize this is not only possible, but inevitable.

Every example of overthrown tyranny, requires someone, somewhere, to take action. From the courageous warriors that fought for the founding of our nation, to the peaceful efforts of the Velvet Revolution of 1989, to the cultural tyranny Martin Luther King fought against. No battle was ever won, no great change in culture ever accomplished, without people actually taking action. The cause of liberty is not advanced from the comfort of our collective sofas.

This brings us to the question: how, practically, can we take that action, and go from apathy to effectiveness? What can we actually do, now, to fight for liberty? Stay tuned. In the next three segments of this series we’ll be discussing what I see as the most important and effective types of action we patriots can take.