If I say that this president has lost control of this country, I cannot say that he is the first, and I cannot say he has done this by himself. I cannot say he is responsible for the incredible lawlessness pervading our country. But I can say that his policies do nothing to stem the tide of lawlessness, and his personal behavior does nothing to set an example that can be expected to bring healing and calm in an atmosphere best described as anarchy. The definition of anarchy: (1) absence of any authority or established order, or (2) the denial of any authority or established order even if it does exist.
(1) You may have noticed that whenever you read some death statistic, that it is given by itself. On one page I read about the medical error rate in hospitals, on another page I read about law enforcement officers deaths, on another page gun violence deaths. To me this has a kind of gloss-over effect, you know you can't really see how bad things are when a sheet has been thrown over it.
(2) The second thing that concerns me is the use of percentages. It makes life easier, but it also dehumanizes and depersonalizes. We get immune to human suffering if we can reduce it down to numerical expression. Ten percent or 20 percent of 5.4 percent doesn't tell the story of a single mom trying to keep her two children fed and housed and out of foster care.
Anyway, for just a few examples of human misery altogether at once. We have, in past 35 years in America, an estimated 324,000 blacks have been killed at the hands of fellow blacks, 400,000 people die every year due to medical errors, a few thousand die every year just from medication errors; During 2006–2010, 10,649 weather-related causes of death of US residents including heat, heat stroke, sun stroke; cold, and hypothermia and I believe most of these were preventable. A very small percentage of these are floods, storms, and lightning. 30,000 traffic fatalities on US roads. That includes pedestrians. As far as I know, most if not all of these were preventable. On a side note, in 2013 fours states claimed that they had no bicycle rider deaths. Wyoming was one of them. 40,393 drug-induced deaths with 3/4 accidental. I haven't touched on deaths from domestic violence, child abuse, workplace deaths and workplace violence, and military deaths. These deaths are mostly preventable, especially the military deaths which only occurred because our troops were someplace they didn't need to be and they wouldn't have died if they HAD NOT BEEN there.
So when a death occurs because somebody did something to another or committed an illicit act upon themselves, then for that moment in time, authority and order did not exist, or did exist but was denied. A good example consistent with what most people I've talked to visualize, is a riot or even an occupation. Authority and order exists, the law enforcement is standing right there looking on, (or watching on television) but is being denied. It doesn't exist at that place and time. When cops shoot a man nine times, with his hands up ON CAMERA, order and authority did not exist at that place and time.
But how many little pockets of lawlessness does it take, and how many incidents of lawlessness does it take before we declare: we have anarchy. In the middle of a war zone, people go about their business somehow with varying degrees of success, but they are still in a war zone. And just because most of us are able to get what we need done, doesn't mean that something isn't wrong. I say that if people wait until they are sitting on the side of the road with their meager possessions strewn around them, they have waited too late.
We have blazing gunfights or even just plain old fashioned assassinations in our streets, on our roads, in our homes, our cars, nowhere is safe. We basically have armed warfare between cops and citizens, citizens against citizens. I'm really sorry that those LEO's that fired those nine bullets into LaVoy Finicum gave no thought whatsoever to the very expected ramifications that might occur from enraged citizenry, against the 900,000 or so other innocent LEO's across our nation. We're losing a cop a day now, up from one every three days.
We have an admitted lawless person at the head of our country "If nobody else will do it, I will just break our laws" and an admittedly helpless group of people running our country--"We have 11 million illegal immigrants and we can't do anything about it except give in to them".
For a long time some people have felt that the answer is to form a new government. How do we do this? Article V of our Constitution provides one answer. We can amend the constitution and form a new government that way. It would take a delegation from 33 states to start the progress, it would take a delegation from 38 states to ratify it. Once that is done in some recordable way--on video or documentation perhaps put up online--you now have a new government.
But like the South just before the American Civil War all those years ago, there is a simple little problem of being able to back it up in real life. A lot of people in the South didn't want a civil war. They didn't mind there being one, they just wanted to sit it out, let both sides duke it out, and side with the winner. That seems to be the prevalent feeling today. "Go ahead and fight, let me know when its over, and I will happily help partake of the spoils from the hapless loser". I have asked the question, are people like this worth dying for. I don't have an answer yet.
Never mind the risk of being killed or dispossessed. People that are on the dole, and that's many millions; people that have government jobs--again that's many millions; and people getting pensions and social security--many millions are not likely to help us. They are getting what they are getting, and don't want to risk losing it. At least that's what I get from everyone I've talked to.
If you want your own country, what will be needed is the will of the people, which we aren't going to have; defense with an army, navy and air force which we aren't going to have. People that can't feed and clothe themselves will need to be helped, which we can't do. Fire and police and health care and safety infrastructure will be needed which we aren't going to have. Justice courts with staffing and buildings will be needed which we aren't going to have. Schools of all levels of learning will be needed which we aren't going to have. An independent country can't exist without these things.
1 Get a delegation from 33 states to start the progress, then a delegation from 38 states to ratify it.
2 Pick a name is, a capital, a language, a national flag, an anthem, a mascot, a state seal, official correspondence.
Much of the basis for current nation building comes from the 1933 Convention on Rights and Duties of States, also known as the Montevideo Convention. The basic rules set out in Article 1 of that Convention says you will then need:
3 A permanent population. Invite your friends and family. Use a website to recruit. They'll need a motivation to join you such as freedom to bear arms, to associate with whom they choose, etc. You will need to decide what you require of your people. A brand, an oath?
4 A defined territory. You can find an unclaimed piece of land somewhere--good luck with that. You can conquer an existing country which is what I will be doing if I declared my .22 acres of land an independent country. Or buy an existing country, or create your own in the ocean for example such as an island. International waters are owned by no nation.
5 Government. You can pronounce yourself a king and dispense judgement your self and make all legal decisions if you want.
6 The capacity to enter into relations with the other national entities.
7 An economy. You will need to create your own financial system whether it be dollars, Euros, of tree branches or painted rocks.
8 It isn't mentioned anywhere but I happen to know that one thing that will lead to success at nation-building, or in this case micronation building, is an independent identity of sorts. It has to be observable, recordable, and reproducible. Perhaps individuals with a specific haplotype such as R-M269. Perhaps people with naturally curly red hair. Perhaps only women.
9 Recognition by other countries.
10 Now declare your independence. Then what might happen is a collective yawn, a welcoming by other established nations, or armed invasion--and I think this last most likely. I think it very likely you will get nine bullets pumped into you on camera, you will be left there for ten minutes to bleed out on camera, then you will be blamed for your own death on camera. And then get a bill for it. At the very least, electricity and water will be cut off and postal service will stop because I am now a foreign country. Financial institutions will stop doing business with me for the same reason. I'm not sure I can step off my .22 acres as I will then be an illegal immigrant and subject to arrest.
It wouldn't concern me so much if not for the fact that we we can find both halves of the Titanic under the ocean, and we can go to the moon in six hours. We've just gotten a probe past Pluto and into the Ort Cloud, now qualifying us as an interstellar species. People can put their heads together and accomplish all this--then people can put their heads together and form a new government. The question is and should be: do we care enough?How to start your own country