What Makes a Blueprint for Peace?

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When I started this Blog and decided to inform myself about what others were saying about some of the happenings in Eureka and Humboldt County I came across this web blog: http://kennysideshow.blogspot.com/

I subsequently realized this blog originates in Tennessee and that he had only posted an article written by Dave Berman, a local resident blogger: (http://www.opednews.com/author/author2017.html) on OEN or OpEdNews.com http://www.opendnews.com/

There I learned that “Dave Berman is the author of We Do Not Consent, both the book and blog. http://WeDoNotConsent.blogspot.com.” I quote: “The blog, the book, the birth of peaceful revolution for conscientious objectors everywhere…” Interestingly, Joe noted Mr. Berman seems to have an ongoing “spawning” relationship with Reporter Managing Editor Glenn Franco Simmons.

Joe doesn’t know Dave Berman personally. His picture on his bio seems to indicate a rather good looking young man. So, I wonder what he knows about “conscientious objectors”? I don’t think he’s old enough to be looking at a minimum of two years in the United States Federal Penitentiary in Lompoc, CA for exercising his legal conscientious rights. I don’t think he’s lived that stigma for 40 years; carried the load or packed the sign of “gutless coward,” “traitor,” “Commy,” and had to deal with “love it or leave it.”

I wonder if Mr. Berman realizes what he’s taking on when he says, “…the birth of peaceful revolution for conscientious objectors everywhere…” One dictionary defines “revolution” this way: 1. an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed. 2. Sociology. a radical and pervasive change in society and the social structure, esp. one made suddenly and often accompanied by violence.

Peaceful revolution is a contradiction in terms. There is NO such thing as a “peaceful” revolution. This very contradiction is the inherent weakness that betrays these people. They believe in the very system they advocate overthrowing. Somehow they think that by using the word “peace” or “peaceful” they are absolved of any accountability.

Joe’s certainly not advocating throwing rocks or using those signs for “peaceful” demonstrations to whack to police or anyone else, for that matter. Clearly it should be understood that any interaction with the police is inherently violent. They are, in and of themselves, society’s Billy club. Unfortunately, a club that has taken on a life of it’s own and turned against its master.

Mr. Berman starts his book, “A Blueprint For A Peaceful Revolution” by quoting “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. – United States Declaration of Independence.” What Mr. Berman omitted was the important part of this “Declaration”: “and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” These writers were laying down the foundation for their right to be heard, or recognized as legitimate entities according to or established by “the Laws of Nature” or “Nature’s God.” Accordingly, their rights (and our rights as natural born Americans) to exist as legitimate entities, human beings was defined and granted, not by the power nor consent of the people or some other human “power,” but by the Laws of Nature’s God.

Consequently, every MAN that signed that Declaration understood the Truth or Reality manifest for what it was. They were at war. “In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.” The truth was self-evident. That was a failed system of government and they accepted and recognized that fact and acted accordingly.

Not so today. Mr. Berman says in his book, “The Cold Civil War has been created and fueled by those currently claiming to be the legitimate U.S. government. This regime ascended to office through “elections” whose results could not be verified and are thus illegitimate.” Mr. Berman speaks of “those currently claiming to be the legitimate U.S. government.” Then he associates the “government” as a “regime” without standing; in Joe’s words, an illegitimate bastard. If this is what he actually believes, then is he not obligated to deal with the existing “regime” as illegitimate? Accuracy in voting is irrelevant and a non-issue in an illegitimate, failed system.

The question remains, can we move in two different or opposite directions at the same time?

What About Those RIGHTS?

Who says you can tell me what to do on my property any time you want? How so? You say that’s what that nice little ol’ lady does every day when she brings her pack of dogs by so they can crap all over my nice clean lawn. She’s telling your neighbors and you exactly what she thinks of your property and you without uttering a word!

You might want to read: “A salute to local citizens”
Rebecca Kimbel/My Word/The Times-Standard
Article Launched: 04/17/2008 01:30:19 AM PDT

What does Rebecca Kimbel, founder of a movement called Keep Our Neighborhoods Safe say about our “rights”? Joe was motivated to say something about this matter because of his personal experiences dealing with this issue in his neighborhood. Because it gives him a rather personal perspective, he’s decided to limit his objectivity. He mostly supports Rebecca Kimbel’s good intentions, if nothing else bringing neighbors together. What she says about rights and responsibilities applies to everyone, not just “drug dealers”. She says, “No one has the right to infringe upon the rights of another.” So how is it that Joe’s neighbors all tell him that they have the right to do whatever they want on their property regardless of his rights?

Here’s the first part of her commentary:

A salute to all who had the courage exercises your rights and take your neighborhoods back. Cheers to all who worked with our local drug enforcement officers, police department and community leaders to rid your neighborhoods of drug houses and drug dealers.

We respect your courage, your actions and your persistence in protecting your rights, your families and your way of life. Your actions uphold and protect the rights of all of us.

When any segment of our community recognizes and upholds their rights and responsibilities, they strengthen the rest of us to have the courage to do the same.

Everyone has rights. Everyone has responsibilities. Rights and responsibilities of landlords do not take away from the rights and responsibilities of tenants. Rights and responsibilities of tenants do not take away rights and responsibilities of neighbors.

Drug dealers do not have the right to:

1. Lower property values by creating drug houses in our neighborhoods.
2. Destroy the property of others by turning rental homes into indoor growing operations, meth labs and garbage dumps.
3. Use a residence and the surrounding area and streets as a garbage container, which subjects the entire neighborhood to infestation of rodents, cockroaches and other contamination.
4. Keep us awake at night with loud music, yelling, fighting and screeching cars and drug users.
5. Subject us to the behavior caused by the effects of drugs, which include but are not limited to an increase in burglary or breaking and entering; larceny or theft; aggravated assault and other assaults; robbery; motor vehicle theft; arson; driving under the influence.

There are many other crimes beyond possession and sales of drugs. Most of the above listed crimes take place within two miles from where the drug user lives. …

He just wonders if she’s really thought through what she’s advocating. This is a very scary idea:

“The eyes of the citizen go where ever you go. If you don’t like living around or near what you are seeing, if it is illegal, degrading or destructive, you have the power to make changes through anonymous information.”

Seems innocent enough, doesn’t it? It seems anymore, all someone has to do is make an accusation and that’s justification for the loss of all rights. She goes on to say:

“Put the Self back in self-respect. Join us with your silent strength by responding to the following information from Jack Nelson, commander of the Humboldt County Drug Task Force: …”

Rights are very import to all self-respecting persons. How you get self-respect by skulking around in the dark, anonymously making accusations to the police on the q.t., whether justified or not, is way beyond me.



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