When I worked in California my supervisor made The Art of War required reading. The author, Sun Tzu, was a Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher who lived between 544BC and 496BC. Although the book talks about how many chariots you will need to be victorious in battle, it also outlines some basic truisms about life in general.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
Sadly, most Americans refuse to acknowledge that the government is our primary enemy. If you think that statement is extreme, I encourage you to read Our Enemy, The State by Albert J. Nock. If you don't recognize the government as a threat to your Liberty, then you clearly do not know the enemy.
Sun Tzu also points out that: All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
Fraud and deception are the government's greatest strengths. Those who have read George Orwell's 1984 are familiar with, "War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.". Most of our government agencies are just as oxymoronic. The Environmental Protection Agency is famous for allowing corporations to pollute the planet under "strict guidelines" usually written by the corporations. Child Protective Services has a long history of kidnapping children from their parents and placing them into dangerous foster care situations. The Patriot Act is an extremely treasonous document, and the Department of Education has been dumbing down our children (many of whom are now voting adults) since 1953 when it was known as the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. How can you tell if a politician is lying? Their lips are moving. That could be a joke if it wasn't so universally true. The numerous campaigns for POTUS will make this abundantly obvious over then next eighteen months.
Sun Tzu says, Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
I'm worried that the federal government has achieved supreme excellence, especially if their Jade Helm military exercises proceed without so much as a protest rally. Has the Army broken our resistance to tyranny without us putting up a fight? Let me be VERY clear. I am not suggesting armed resistance to our military forces. Not because it would not be morally justified, but simply because Americans do not know themselves or their enemy. We are so woefully unprepared for our defense that the only path to Liberty under the circumstances is an open, intellectual discussion of the situation. The question is, how do we arrange for a public, televised meeting with the ranking military staff controlling the exercise? I would love an opportunity to point out that they have become the domestic enemies they have taken an oath to defend us from. A much more important question, however, is how do we enlighten enough of the civilian population so they are aware of the pending danger?
Be advised that The Art of War does not guarantee your success. Sun Tzu, in his wisdom, would have known the outcome at the Alamo. Hence, though an obstinate fight may be made by a small force, in the end it must be captured by the larger force.