New era of citizen involvement: letting go
by Jim Babka and Perry Willis, Consent Chronicles
Yesterday we shared evidence that NSA spying really is being used for domestic purposes. We asked you to contemplate whether the time had come to declare the federal “government” a criminal entity and to withdraw allegiance from it. We asked you to consider discussing this question with your friends.
We told you we would launch a new campaign about this today. (https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/allegiance/) We just wrote Congress using this new campaign. The hardwired message for this campaign reads:
I no longer consider the federal “government” to have any legitimate authority. I consider it to be a criminal entity. If I submit to it in the future, it will not be out of allegiance, but fear. Here is part of why I feel this way:
If you choose to send your own letter you can borrow from what I wrote:
-START OF LETTER-
We were told that NSA spying was only aimed at those associated with foreign terrorists. We were told that this spying has no domestic purpose. The following Reuters story, with slides as evidence, demonstrates otherwise: http://reut.rs/19IAt4Y
The NSA is sharing with the DEA, which is then sharing with local law enforcement through a secret organization called the Special Operations Division. This group is so secret that even their location is classified. Needless to say, no evidence they provide can be challenged in court.
This is the final straw for me. This obviously means that there were many other straws that preceded it. Some of them included:
* NSA spying * Fat-cat bailouts at taxpayer expense * Missing weapons of mass destruction in Iraq * Massive counterfeiting by the Federal Reserve * Acts of torture committed in my name * Indefinite detention under NDAA provisions * Illegal wars * IRS targeting of political opponents * Drone attacks on foreign civilians * The largest, national incarceration rate on the planet * Assassinating Americans * Obamacare imposed against the will of the people * Illegal gun-running in Operation Fast & Furious
Please know that I am talking to others, trying to persuade them to likewise withdraw their allegiance.
-END OF LETTER-
You can send your own letter to Congress using Downsize DC’s Educate the Powerful System. (https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/allegiance/)
You will receive a copy of your letter to Congress via email. Please share your letter with friends, and ask them to take the same action.
Also, please understand that the radical extremists who are stealing our liberty will be given a pass by many. Some reading this message will call us the extremists. We will be attacked. We hope you will stand by us. The more you do, the more we can do. Please start a monthly pledge or make a one-time donation today, showing that you stand with us, because… (https://secure.downsizedc.org/contribute/)
“Enough is enough. ”
Jim Babka & Perry Willis Downsize DC
What We’re NOT Saying wrt Withdrawing Allegiance
Quotation of the Day:
“Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.” — the Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC
The following message contains 591 words about…
What we are NOT saying about Withdrawing Allegiance What we ARE saying about Withdrawing Allegiance The question of timing with regard to other tactics The four steps to take that will cause change
Let it be clearly understood…
When we advocate withdrawing allegiance from the “federal” government we are NOT saying that you should stop paying your taxes, start violating federal dictates, or resort to any kind of violence. We are NOT, NOT, NOT saying any of these things.
We ARE saying that you should change your internal emotional relationship to the federal “government,” and that you should share your feelings with others. Let it be clearly understood …
Consent to criminality implies sanction, endorsement, and even collaboration When you see an institution doing criminal things you must deny your consent If an institution displays a consistent pattern of criminality then you should also withdraw your allegiance
In other words …
You must change how you think and speak.
This is the STARTING POINT for ALL social change. All other actions are a matter of timing.
Neither passive resistance nor civil disobedience, nor electoral politics, can have much point until enough people agree with you, and agree so deeply, that they invest their energy alongside you, to make a difference. So how do you get people to agree with you? We suggest four things …
Base your position on universal moral principles like the Zero Aggression Principle and the Golden Rule:
No one should tread on others. Treat others as you want to be treated.
These are the points to stress when objecting to State criminality. Avoid debates about the supposed social benefits of the criminality. Focus on the moral transgressions.
Notify the criminals that you see the crime. Formally deny your consent. Do this using our Educate the Powerful System.
Give your friends the same notification using email or personal conversations. Remember to focus on the moral objections and the criminality.
Don’t get bogged down in claims about how useful the criminality is for some supposed social purpose. Assert that you will only support achieving good ends using good means. Urge your friends to do the same.
Make it part of your daily life to influence other minds in this way, applying the Zero Aggression Principle and the Golden Rule to EVERY issue of public debate.
If your conscience decides that the PATTERN of criminality warrants it, go beyond merely denying consent to specific crimes. Do something more — WITHDRAW YOUR ALLEGIANCE to the entire institution.
Notify Congress of this using our Withdraw Your Allegiance (https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/allegiance/) campaign.
Likewise notify your friends. Explain to them that you cannot sanction, endorse, or collaborate with a criminal enterprise, no matter how much that institution may claim to be a government.
Don’t adopt additional tactics until enough minds have been persuaded to make the new tactics effective.
All strategies for social change depend on one thing — changing minds. Do that FIRST. Do it using …
The Zero Aggression Principle The Golden Rule Denying consent Withdrawing allegiance
We hope our position is clear and makes sense to you.
We are NOT, NOT, NOT saying that you should stop paying your taxes, start violating federal dictates, or resort to ANY kind of violence. We ARE saying that you should change your internal emotional relationship to the federal “government,” and that you should share your feelings with others. We are ALSO saying that the right time to use other tactics will become clear as more minds move in a more moral direction with us.
Perry Willis & Jim Babka DownsizeDC.org, Inc.
and The Zero Aggression Project
From Coffee Coaster editor Brian Wright: a new pledge of allegiance in the spirit of Messrs. Willis and Babka:
I end allegiance to the Feds
of the United States of America
and to the Imperials for which they sleaze
one planet under Darth
with tyranny and drones akillin’
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