Sic Luceat Lux - Thus Shines the Light :: My Manifesto

The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America reads, in part, "That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." This is what is referred to as the Right to Revolution; a reaffirmation of the fact that it is the Government which serves the People, rather than the other way around; obviously this is not the case, and hasn't been for a number of years. While I could go into miles of text ranting on about this fact, I won't. What's the point? Tons of textfiles and rants from the Old Daze have been dedicated to this plain-and-simple factoid.

But it's funny; whilst the Declaration of Independence declares every American citizen to have the Right to Revolution if the Government is found to no longer be serving the interests of the People, the Constitution of the United States falls into conflict with the same idea. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution states that the Congress shall have the power to "provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;" and Article I, Section 9 provides that "The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it."

What the hell? One document provides the People with a certain Right - or, rather, Duty - while the next provides the Government with the power to suppress it. Sounds familiar.

I operate under the Right to Revolution. I believe it is every American citizen's civic duty to protect himself against the Powers-That-Be, whether within or outside of the allowances of the Constitution. I am not now, nor have I ever been, an advocate of Capitalism or Consumerism - the belief that how much one makes or what one owns is what defines one's happiness. I do not believe in supporting an individual, group of individuals, system, or Form of Government which exists only to perpetuate itself, whether for my harm or benefit. If I, as a citizen, am expendable in the pursuit of the furthering the interests of the National Government, then the Government, in turn, must also be expendable.

It is a part of my nature to become aggressively opposed to something which threatens my Safety or Happiness. I refuse to contribute to its continued existence or functionality. And since the Capitalist system under which the country currently operates necessarily requires corporations to keep the wheels turning, I refuse to contribute to Corporate America, as well. I don't buy anything that can be taken from a company that benefits financially from an empty store, as well as from a fully-stocked one. I don't steal from individuals, however, since that is precisely what the System I am opposed to does in order to secure its survival.

The Matrix films make so much more sense to me, now. They came out exactly when we needed them. People began to think about the facts of their existence a little more; they began to question whether their actions contributed to their existence, or that of the Government.

And, as BadGer once wrote in his "Truth About The Government" textfile, nearly ten years ago, there are still two kinds of people: the Government children, and the liberated individuals. Anyone who's eyes have not been opened to the world around them is potentially an "Agent of the System," and thus a threat to the rest of us - an innocent threat.

A change is coming to this country, which will consequently affect the rest of the world. Can I claim to know the exact nature of this change? Of course not, but I can speculate. Given the general discontentment of the general population, it's a fairly safe bet that, among other things, the People will openly rebel against the System that's currently in place. There are a number of theories flying around about what precisely is going to happen in the year 2012; I personally believe that it has a lot to do with the next step of human evolution; an before evolution can take place - before we can move forward, all which currently hinders that process must first be rendered inconsequential.

I believe I will have at least some part to play in the change that is to occur. We all have a part to play.

Don't mistake my intent here (DISCLAIMER): I am not an advocate of mindless pseudo-Anarchy and idiotic domestic terrorism that does little more than claim the lives of innocent civilians. Nor am I calling for any specific act of violence in the name of "freedom".

This is my Manifesto; my Great Contribution to the written word before my departure from the world.

Sic Luceat Lux