Before the Declaration of Independence, delegates disagreed, sometimes vociferously, about how to resolve the conflict with King George III. Samuel Adams advocated the use of physical force to put an end to tyranny, whereas Benjamin Franklin insisted that peaceful negotiation was the preferred method of resolution. The same arguments were made by delegates to the Continental Congress 2009. Some delegates expressed concern that agressive comments by the body would be construed as "domestic terrorism" resulting in arrests and prosecution by the government. Others eloquently insisted that we should openly demand government compliance with the Constitution, threatening them with life imprisonment for treason if they didn't.
One of the delegates advocating a more assertive, uncompromising position was Schaeffer Cox, a handsome young delegate from Alaska. Schaeffer was so young, I wondered how he managed to win a seat as a delegate from our largest state. My curiosity was eliminated after listening to Schaeffer's articulate oratory for only a few minutes. Without resorting to emotional outbursts, he explained that government corruption had already exceeded a level necessary for rational people to take more forceful action. Not surprisingly, his comments generated fear in those delegates already worried about government reprisals. Many others, myself included, found his comments refreshing and invigorating.
Fortunately for all Americans, Mr. Cox does not just "talk the talk". He has be very active in establishing an Alaskan Militia that claims approximately 3,500 members. In a very bold move, the Alaskan Militia delivered copies of the declaration they had signed to numerous State troopers and police officers. They explained that if any member of the militia was harrassed or abused, or if their houses were subjected to "unreaaonable searches and siezures", that the families of those police officers would be subjected to the same form of treatment.
Let's examine the typical police response to any report of crime, including traffic infractions. The alleged criminal is quickly surrounded by "overwhelming odds", sometimes as high as fifteen police officers for one non-violent suspect. Sadly, I know this from personal experience. The intention is to create a situation where peaceful surrender occurs because resistance is futile. What would happen if dozens of armed militia members surrounded police officers at a suspected crime scene? It might surprise you to know that police officers can be convinced to lower their guns and return to their cars because - standing down is much safer than flashing your badge and insisting that you are working in an official government capacity.
This isn't a fictional account from a new action movie. It is a story related to me by my good friend, Schaeffer Cox. Schaeffer has also told me other personal stories that have occured since we met at the Continental Congress in St. Charles, Illinois. The important lesson that I hope everyone will learn from these stories is that the most idealistic principles are worthless if people are unwilling to enforce them. Whereas most people assume that the threat of force against the goverment inevitably ends in bloodshed, just the opposite can be true when done properly. Alaskan officials may not like the state militia, but they have already shown themselves to be a literal force to be reckoned with. This supports an idea that I have expressed for years. We cannot be the "land of the free" if we are not also "the home of the brave".
I will be traveling to Alaska in late October to present my class in Fairbanks and Anchorage. I plan to arrive early enough to learn what I can about militias from Schaeffer, and hopefully duplicate his efforts in the Lone Star State. Schaeffer also plans to build a website that outlines the steps they took to get where they are today. When this movement finds itself well entrenched in all fifty states - and I assume that it will - then we will have successfully restored the vision of "Liberty and justice for all" envisioned by the Founding Fathers.