In Support of the President’s Use of Domestic Military Force

Turn on any TV and you’ll see scenes of destruction, lawlessness, and violence being played out from coast to coast. Organized mobs are brutally attacking police and random citizens, injuring dozens and leaving several dead. They’ve started hundreds of fires, destroyed businesses, looted stores, threatened to rampage through the suburbs, graffitied national monuments, and clashed with Secret Service at the White House. Our Republic is in the grip of a cleverly-orchestrated revolt.

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The malevolent forces behind this revolt are the Marxists and their front groups such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter. To his credit, President Donald Trump has mobilized the military to put down this savage insurrection. The goal of this article is to explain the constitutional and moral justifications for calling in the military to restore law and order and to punish the renegades, and to demonstrate why the riots are not spontaneous events but part of a larger agenda.

On June 1, President Trump delivered a speech at the White House. To me, it was the greatest speech he’s yet given. I quote it nearly in full to contextualize my remarks:

“I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters. But in recent days our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa, and others. A number of state and local governments have failed to necessary action to safeguard their residents. Innocent people have been savagely beaten like the young man in Dallas, Texas who was left dying on the street or the woman in upstate New York viciously attacked by dangerous thugs. Small business owners have seen their dreams utterly destroyed. New York’s finest have been hit in the face with bricks. Brave nurses who have battled the virus are afraid to leave their homes. A police precinct has been overrun. Here in the nation’s capital, he Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial have been vandalized. One of our most historic churches was set ablaze. A federal officer in California, an African American enforcement hero, was shot and killed.

“These are not acts of peaceful protest. These are acts of domestic terror. The destruction of innocent life and the spilling of innocent blood is an offense to humanity and a crime against God. America needs creation, not destruction; cooperation, not contempt; security, not anarchy; healing, not hatred; justice, not chaos. This is our mission and we will succeed. 100% we will succeed. Our country always wins.

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“That is why I am taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America. I am authorizing all available federal resources civilian and military to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans including your Second Amendment rights. Therefore, the following measures are going into effect immediately:

“First, we are ending the riots and lawlessness that have spread throughout our country. We will end it now. Today I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets. Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled. If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.

“I am also taking swift and decisive action to protect our great capital, Washington, D.C. What happened in this city last night was a total disgrace. As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property. We are putting everybody on warning our 7 o’clock curfew will be strictly informed.

“Those who threaten innocent life and property will be arrested, detained, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail. This includes Antifa and others who are leading instigators of this violence.

“One law and order. And that is what it is. We have one beautiful law. And once that is restored and fully restored, we will help you, we will help your business, and we will help your family. America is founded upon the rule of law. It is the foundation of our prosperity, our freedom, and our very way of life. But where there is no law, there is no opportunity. Where there is no justice, there is no liberty. Where there is no safety, there is no future.

“We must never give into anger or hatred. If malice or violence reigns, then none of us is free. I take these actions today with firm resolve and with true and passionate love for our country. By far our greatest days lie ahead.”

I don’t often say this about a political speech, but in this excerpt, every word is accurate. I endorse it in full. But just what am I endorsing?

To begin with, President Trump correctly refuted the idea that what’s happening are “peaceful protests.” He gave multiple examples of the violence, destruction, and murder that’s occurring. He could have given thousands more. The controlled media has pushed the false narrative that this is all “peaceful,” even as cities burn, people lose their life savings, stores are looted, rioters threaten to “kill white people,” people are assaulted, police cars and offices are torched, and so on. At least 23 states have now activated their National Guard, yet this is supposedly a “peaceful” event!

President Trump correctly described the anarchy as “domestic terror.” Antifa, one of the radical Judeo-Marxist organizations spearheading the riots, has a 10-point plan to cause enough chaos to effect regime change. To give you a flavor of their scheme, I quote two proposals. Point #2 threatens: “We will destroy the state, police, military, corporations and all those who run the American plantation.” And point #10 says: “Liberation begins where America dies.”

Suffice it to say, I was ecstatic three days ago when when the president designated Antifa a “terrorist organization.” I’ve advocated doing that for years. In fact, I propose labeling all openly Marxist organizations, political parties, and publications as terroristic and/or subversive and formally outlawing them and rounding up their members. More on that later.

The president went farther by pointing out that not only is the violence “domestic terror,” but that it is being orchestrated by “professional anarchists.” He put “the organizers of this terror . . . on notice” and referred to Antifa thugs as “leading instigators of this violence.” It is perfectly accurate to say that these riots are not organic or spontaneous. They were pre-planned and only needed the right pretext to set them in motion.

Is there evidence that the riots are being formally organized by malevolent organizations? Yes there is. The evidence is of two sorts – real and theoretical. First, protesters in multiple locations have been caught with printed instructions for how to cause violence and whom to call for bail if arrested. BuzzFeed and Vox, among others, have published online guides for how to protest. BuzzFeed posted a 19-point guide, which included the tip: “Wear clothing that covers tattoos, discernible scars, and birth marks that could be used to identify you.” And Joe Biden’s campaign has been busy bailing Minneapolis rioters out of jail, thus sanctioning the violence.

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Mayor Melvin Carter of St. Paul stated several days ago that every person who had at that point been arrested in connection with the riot was non-local. They had traveled to the hot spot to engage in and incite violence. The police chief of Minneapolis likewise said that the core group of thugs who kicked off the melee were not local residents, but had arrived from other locations. In Richmond, Virginia, Police Chief Will Smith recounted the following:

“Last night, protesters intentionally set a fire to an occupied building on Broad Street. This is not the only occupied building that has been set fire to over the last two days, but they prohibited us from getting on scene. We had to force our way to make a clear path for the fire department. Protesters intercepted that fire apparatus several blocks away with vehicles and blocked that fire department’s access to the structure fire. Inside that home was a child. Officers were able to help those people out of the house. We were able to get the fire department there safely.

“. . . We have people from across the country who have traveled many states to be here. We know that this is an organized effort. We’re committed to try and identify those that are behind it. And we’re doing our very level best to arrest those that are perpetrating the violence on our community, and our city, and our citizens.”

Here we have more out-of-staters coming into an area and coordinating violence against the population. Can anyone doubt that the various riots are planned and directed from above?

Furthermore, a strange video showed a man in a mask walk up behind a crowd, smash out store windows, and calmly walk off. Another short video showing a bedraggled hippie paying rioters and directing their operations has also come to light. From Kansas City to Baltimore to New York City, piles of bricks for rioters to throw have also been mysteriously showing up in countless locations, strategically located near high-end stores and places where they can inflame passions the most. An article in The Most Important News (TMIN) noted that some of the anarchist groups are using networks of bicycle scouts to communicate with rioters on the ground and direct their operations. TMIN also cited police reports from Minnesota where “several caches of flammable materials” had been found in various neighborhoods, having “been planted days ago and some only in the last 24 hours.”

Foreign intervention has similarly been uncovered. While writing this, news broke that FBI agents in several locations have arrested groups from Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti, and Honduras for paying thugs to create violence during the riots. An investigator in the FBI sting operation told the news: “There are definitely individuals associated with Venezuela who paid trips to people to various cities in the United States to promote chaos.” The article carrying this story noted:

“Several of the detainees are residents of the Miami area known as Little Haiti, who participated in the riots in downtown Miami between Friday and Saturday, the source said.

“Activists marching with the flag of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, the party of Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega, also participated in the demonstrations.”

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The Sandinista National Liberation Front is a well-known Soviet front organization founded during the Cold War for the promotion of socialism in Nicaragua. It’s no surprise that the revolutionary Marxist Sandinistas are participating in the communist-inspired riots alongside Antifa and others of like ideology.

Some in the media are accusing Russia of involvement in the rioting, while others on the “conservative” side are calling this accusation “fake news.” Yet, is it really “fake news” when you consider that Russian proxy states like Cuba and Venezuela, and Russia-supported groups like the Sandinistas, are being caught red-handed financing rioters? It was an acknowledged Soviet tactic to do their dirty work (terrorism, assassination, drug smuggling, etc.) through proxy states so they could claim their hands were clean. They continue to use the tactic to this day. Similarly, the Red Chinese have openly said the rioting is a “beautiful sight to behold.” China has also invested billions of dollars in radicalizing American youth, especially on university campuses. You can be sure that time will reveal more Russian and Chinese fingerprints on these violent riots.

All of these things demonstrate that paid professional provocateurs are being used to cause chaos, inflame tensions, and whip up clashes with police. Rioters are being provided with the fuel – sometimes literally – to continue their rampaging. Justice is being denied by people with deep pockets bailing out the criminals. The mark of prior planning and coordinated action is obvious to see.

The next kind of evidence is theoretical. That is to say, these riots follow a distinct pattern. They play out according to a well-crafted script. This script is used again and again. It’s such a distinct program that it’s immediately recognizable. This script was used to pull of the Kent State Massacre false flag, which I recently wrote about. It was used more recently in the Occupy Wall Street and Ferguson riots. It’s the same blueprint set down by the communists and implemented by a professional cadre of revolutionaries whenever the pretext presents itself (or can be made to appear).

In my article “George Floyd and the Scourge of Black Criminality,I quoted several statements explaining the communist blueprint for insurrection. Today, I briefly refer to them, expand on one observation, and add an additional quotation. First, the Russian immigrant author Alexander Markovsky succinctly summarized the Bolshevik playbook for revolution:

“Lenin was a master at taking advantage of chaos. He believed that crises create opportunities for change, or, in his mind, revolution. “Our task,” Lenin wrote in 1902 in What Is to Be Done, “is to utilize every manifestation of discontent, and to collect and utilize every grain of rudimentary protest.” Indeed, if you want to change a society, here is Lenin’s script: cause the problem. Spread the misery. Send a cadre of professional community organizers to unite all of the angry and disinherited spirits to fuel an organized revolt. Entice chaos and violence. Exploit chaos for larger political objectives. Blame your political opponents, demonize and criminalize them. Move decisively to request a temporary suspension of civil liberties in exchange for the restoration of law and order. Usurp power before the deceived masses realize that there is more permanent in politics than something temporary. . . .

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“Taking advantage of a crisis has always been a strategy for extremists to make fundamental changes in society. . . .

““Never allow a crisis to go to waste,” former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told the New York Times, echoing Lenin and Strasser” (Alexander G. Markovsky, Liberal Bolshevism: America Did Not Defeat Communism, She Adopted It, 28).

Crisis, reaction, solution. That’s the way the Marxist Elite operate. They cause a crisis, they manage and steer the public’s reaction to the crisis, and then they offer a “solution” that will benefit their agenda. In other words, they make people’s lives miserable and then rush in with “solutions,” posing as the savior. They run the same script over and over, as many times as necessary to construct their communist monopoly piece by piece.

Ezra Taft Benson referred to this tactic in 1967 when, in the midst of the communist-controlled Civil Rights Movement, he warned:

“As far back as 1928, the Communists declared that the cultural, economic, and social differences between the races in America could be exploited by them to create the animosity, fear, and hatred between large segments of our people that would be necessary beginning ingredients for their revolution.

“Briefly, the three broad objectives were and are as follows:

1. Create hatred

2. Trigger violence

3. Overthrow established government. . . .

“Police and National Guard units will never be adequate to handle such widespread anarchy, especially if a large part of our men and equipment are drained away in fighting foreign wars. In self-defense, larger numbers are brought into fighting on both sides. The appearance of a nationwide civil war takes form. In the confusion, potential anti-Communist leaders of both races are assassinated, apparently the accidental casualties of race war.

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“Time the attack to coincide, if possible, with large-scale sabotage a water supplies, power grids, main rail road and highway arteries, communication centers, and government buildings With fires raging in every conceivable part of town, with wanton looting going on in the darkness of a big city without routine police protection, without water to drink, without electrical refrigeration, without transportation or radio or TV, the public will panic, lock its doors in trembling fear, and make it that much easier for the small but assembled and fully disciplined guerrilla bands to capture the power centers of each community. Overthrow the government! After complete control is consolidated (and that may take many months, as in Cuba), only then allow the people to discover that it was a Communist revolution after all. . . .

“In such countries as Czechoslovakia, the Communists have used an entirely different method of internal conquest. Instead of the force and violence of a bloody revolution (a “war of national liberation”), parliamentary and political means were used to bring about a more peaceful transition to Communism. The Communist strategists call this alternate plan a “proletarian” revolution.

“This plan is as follows: Using unidentified Communist agents and non-Communist sympathizers in key positions in government, in communications media, and in mass organizations, such as labor unions and civil rights groups, demand more and more government power as the solution to all civil rights problems. Total government is the objective of Communism. Without calling it by name, build Communism piece by piece through mass pressures for presidential decrees, court orders, and legislation that appear to be aimed at improving civil rights and other social reforms. If there is social, economic, or educational discrimination, then advocate more government programs and control.

“And what if riots come? Then more government housing, government welfare, government job training, and, finally, federal control over police. Thus the essential economic and political structure of Communism can be built entirely “legally” and in apparent response to the wishes of the people who have clamored for some kind of solution to the problems played-up, aggravated, or created outright by Communists for just that purpose. After the machinery of Communism is firmly established, then allow the hidden Communists one by one to make their identities known. Liquidate first the anti-Communists and then the non-Communist sympathizers who are no longer needed in government. The total state mechanism can now openly and “peacefully” be transferred into the hands of Communists. Such is the so-called proletarian revolution. Such has happened in other, once free, countries. It has already started here.

“The Communists are not entirely certain whether force and violence or legal and political means or a combination of both would be best for the internal conquest of America. At first, there was talk of splitting away the “Black Belt,” those southern states in which the Negro held a majority, and calling them a Negro Soviet Republic. But, as conditions changed and more Negroes migrated to the northern states, they applied this same strategy to the so-called ghetto areas in the North. It now seems probable that the Communists are determined to use force and violence to its fullest, coupled with a weakening of the economy and military setbacks abroad, in an effort to create as much havoc as possible to weaken America internally and to create the kind of psychological desperation in the minds of all citizens that will lead them to accept blindly the application of legal and political means as the final blow.”

There’s a lot to consider here and the full address is even more powerful, but the key takeaway is that the communists have always planned to use riots – particularly race riots – to create chaos in which they can come to power. If enough chaos can be created and sustained, they may be able to give the system a shove and topple it altogether and come to power. But more than likely, it will take many attempts and so they settle for causing crisis after crisis, and each time enacting more and more restrictive legislation. Eventually, by hook or by crook, the communist revolutionaries hope to demoralize, confuse, and conquer America. The current riots are a part of that overall strategy.

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I quote one more important statement from Benson. In 1963, Benson explained different methods the communists have planned to capture the United States:

“There are three possible methods by which the Communists might take us over. One would be through a sufficient amount of infiltration and propaganda, to disguise Communism as just another political party.

“The second method would be by fomenting internal civil war in this country, and aiding the communists’ side in that war with all necessary military might.

“The third method would be by a slow insidious infiltration resulting in a takeover without the American people realizing it.

“The Soviets would not attempt military conquest of so powerful and so extensive a country as the United States without availing themselves of a sufficiently strong fifth column in our midst, a fifth column which would provide the sabotage, the false leadership, and the sudden seizures of power and of means of communication, needed to convert the struggle, from the very beginning, into a civil war rather than clear-cut with an external enemy.

“We can foresee a possibility of the Kremlin taking this gamble in time. In fact, it is clear that the Communists long ago made plans to have this method available, in whole or in part, to whatever extent it might be useful. The trouble in our southern states has been fomented almost entirely by the Communists for this purpose. It has been their plan, gradually carried out over a long period with meticulous cunning, to stir up such bitterness between the whites and blacks in the South that small flames of civil disorder would inevitably result. They could then fan and coalesce these little flames into one great conflagration of civil war, in time, if the need arose” (Ezra Taft Benson, “We Must Become Alerted and Informed,” speech, December 13, 1963).

I trust you can see that the communist playbook of old is being used right now, this very day, in the mass riots across our nation. The Red blueprint is being implemented precisely as drawn up. Lenin’s old script is being used yet again. Whether the average thug rioter knows it or not, he’s playing a part in the Bolshevik conquest of America. Whether the average Black Lives Matter dupe admits it, he’s cannon fodder for this final communist revolution.

Political commentator Dan Bongino was quick to point out that the rioting did not begin spontaneously. He observed:

“This is not some run-of-the-mill criminality by people who have nothing to do on a Saturday night. Yes, there are some people there who are just there to cause trouble. This is a sophisticated insurrection-type attack. This is not a joke.”

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Bongino also said:

“This isn’t a protest anymore, this is a coup. This is an organized internal coup by a small group of agitators acting as a domestic terror group. That’s a fact.”

It is a fact. Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other organizations are teaming up in a coordinated effort to cause mayhem, bring our government to a screeching halt, and prepare the way for a regime change – a regime that that would, ironically, ruthlessly prohibit the sort of rioting these people are engaged in.

To fight these domestic terrorists, President Trump has called up the military. In particular, the famed 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army is heading Washington, D.C. and possibly Minnesota to put an end to the outlawry. Tens of thousands of National Guard troops have been activated. Numerous other federal personnel are joining the fight to suppress this Marxist uprising. Fortunately, this is not “the big one” and we should be able to bring things to a speedy conclusion. Unfortunately, this is a shadow of worse things yet to come.

Now I will address the constitutional and moral justifications for using military force domestically. This is necessary because people on both sides are calling President Trump’s move an overreach, a usurpation, and even an act of tyranny. The perpetual Trump-haters call anything the president does “tyrannical.” Their knee-jerk reactions don’t matter. I’m addressing my words to those who love America, my fellow constitutionalists and conspiracy researchers, and patriots everywhere.

As soon as the word broke that President Trump was calling up the military, people began citing the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. Posse comitatus is a Latin term meaning “force of the country.” The Encyclopaedia Britannica describes the function of posse comitatus as an “ancient English institution consisting of the shire’s force of able-bodied private citizens summoned to assist in maintaining public order. Originally raised and commanded by the sheriff, the posse comitatus became a purely civil instrument as the office of sheriff later lost its military functions.”

The Act in question essentially states that the military will not be used to enforce domestic laws. The context of this Act is important, however. After Lincoln’s war against the Confederacy, the South was occupied by the Union Army. The Army served as a police force. Eventually, it was necessary to end the military occupation and restore civilian control of the Southern states. Posse Comitatus was passed to accomplish this. Today, many are invoking Posse Comitatus to claim President Trump is overstepping his authority by using the military to ensure law and order.

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I would ask, whence does the president derive his authority? From the Posse Comitatus Act? No. He gets his authority from the American People by virtue of the Constitution which he swears an oath to uphold and defend.

The Constitution is our national creed. It’s what binds us together as Americans. It’s the “cement of the Union,” as James Madison called it (James Madison, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1809). The Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land and in its sphere it trumps all state and local laws. Indeed, even federal laws are only valid if they conform to the principles of the Constitution.

The Declaration of Independence proclaimed:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

The purpose of the Constitution, therefore, is to limit government in such a way as to protect individual rights; that is, our lives, our Liberty, our property, and so forth. More explicitly, the Bill of Rights defends our right of self-defense, our right to peaceably assemble, our right to privacy, our right to jury trial, our right to freely worship God, our right to have our property protected, and so on. The entire purpose of the U.S. government is to do secure our rights and defend us from those who would violate them.

To defend our rights, the Constitution has certain mechanisms. One is the Supremacy Clause which ensures that no state or local laws can ever justly violate the Constitution and another is the president’s oath of office which states that his sole job is to uphold the Constitution.

The most common sense idea is that the president, as the chief officer of the federal government, has the ultimate responsibility to ensure that the rights of Americans everywhere are being protected. It only makes sense that if a state decided to curtail its people’s right of worship, for instance, the federal government – headed by the president – could, and should, step in and correct this flagrant abuse of God-given rights. Who will protest this fact? I believe only one who doesn’t understand the purpose and necessity of a general government can deny the president his just right to defend the American People from abuse, even if must use military force.

What’s more, I would ask: If the federal government doesn’t have the authority to compel obedience to the Constitution, then why does it exist? If it doesn’t possess the authority to compel obedience to just laws, then it’s a dead letter – a useless instrument that should be tossed on the ash heap of history. Thankfully, it does contain the authority for the government to step in and defend the rights of citizens. President George Washington expressed the idea this way his immortal Farewell Address:

“This government, the offspring of our own choice, uninfluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers, uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for its own amendment, has a just claim to your confidence and your support. Respect for its authority, compliance with its laws, acquiescence in its measures, are duties enjoined by the fundamental maxims of true liberty. The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.

“All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.”

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As General Washington said, we owe obedience to the government’s laws, inasmuch as they do not infringe upon our rights. The government therefore has inherent power to compel obedience while the People ratify the government with their consent and while its actions are harmonious with our Liberty. And as the chief executive, the president commands the power to compel.

Furthermore, our history furnishes precedent for the president using the military domestically. To justify his actions, President Trump took the advice of Senator Tom Cotton and invoked the 1807 Insurrection Act. The Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Thomas Jefferson, authorizes the president to deploy the military or militias during times of insurrection or when general law and order have been thwarted. The purpose of authorizing military force is for putting down insurrection or causing the laws to be duly executed. Congress has, more than once, reaffirmed the Insurrection Act and, thus, legally speaking, President Trump has every authority necessary to call in the military and use them to suppress the dangerous rioting that has already claimed the lives of multiple individuals and has set the whole nation on edge.

Even before the Insurrection Act, President George Washington demonstrated that the president has the right, when the situation calls for it, to use the military to bring about law and order. In 1791, the Whiskey Rebellion began. The rebellion lasted three years with the government futilely attempting the tax evaders. The final straw came in 1794 when 6,000 demonstrators erected mock guillotines and threatened government leaders (think of what was happening in France at the time). President Washington was so furious that the laws set forth by a government ratified by the consent of the People were being flouted that he issued a stern proclamation on August 7, 1794. In part, it read:

“[I]t is in my Judgment necessary under the circumstances of the case to take measures for calling forth the militia in order to suppress the Combinations aforesaid and to cause the Laws to be duly executed, and I have accordingly determined so to do, feeling the deepest regret for the occasion, but withal the most Solemn conviction, that the essential interests of the Union demand it, that the very existence of Government and the fundamental principles of social order are materially involved in the issue, and that the patriotism and firmness of all good Citizens are seriously called upon, as occasion may require, to aid in the effectual suppression of so fatal a Spirit.

“Wherefore, and in pursuance of the Proviso above recited, I George Washington, President of the United States, do hereby command all persons, being insurgents as aforesaid and all others whom it may concern on or before the first day of September next to disperse and retire peaceably to their respective abodes. And I do moreover warn all persons whomsoever against aiding abetting or comforting the perpetrators of the aforesaid treasonable Acts: and do require all officers and other Citizens according to their respective duties and the laws of the land to exert their utmost endeavors to prevent and suppress such dangerous proceedings.”

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President Washington, citing the 1792 Militia Acts, suited up in his old general’s uniform and rode at the head of an army of 13,000 militiamen to quell the “treasonable” uprising and punish the “insurgents.” Most of the “insurgents” departed peaceably, a number were arrested, a few were tried, two were found guilty of treason, and in the end Washington pardoned them. In that same year, James Madison wrote:

“The result of the insurrection ought to be a lesson to every part of the Union against disobedience to the laws. Examples of this kind are as favorable to the enemies of republican government as the event proves them to be dangerous to the authors” (James Madison to Hubbard Taylor, November 15, 1794).

Some then and now challenge Washington’s authority in this matter, yet the General understood that the president has the inherent right to enforce the Constitution – even by military means. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, for instance, initially disagreed with President Washington’s move. Yet, it was Thomas Jefferson, supported by James Madison, who, feeling the necessity to use troops to suppress a brewing rebellion by Aaron Burr, pushed for and signed the Insurrection Act a few short years later. Today, real patriots should be able to agree with Presidents Washington, Jefferson, and Madison that situations arise in which the president must have the authority and power to use the nation’s military might domestically.

For the sake of argument, let’s assume that the Constitution does not allow the president to use the military in domestic matters when a crisis calls for it. Even in this scenario, the president would be in the right to use the military to bring order. He would be justified by the “laws of necessity.”

Thomas Jefferson spoke often of the “laws of necessity” as being higher than the actual written law. I concur as emphatically as mortal words allow me to. The great sage explained:

“The question you propose, whether circumstances do not sometimes occur, which make it a duty in officers of high trust, to assume authorities beyond the law, is easy of solution in principle, but sometimes embarrassing in practice. A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law, would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means” (Thomas Jefferson to John B. Colvin, September 20, 1810).

Another time, Jefferson simply stated that “necessity is above all law” (Thomas Jefferson, “Report on Navigation of the Mississippi,” 1792).

The “laws of necessity” are of higher value even than the Constitution, which I consider to be a literally Heaven-inspired document. I revere the Constitution as I do the Bible and other holy scripture. Yet, the “laws of necessity” supersede all mortal laws. Even Heavenly laws such as “thou shalt not kill” can be justly broken when self-defense or the punishment of criminals necessitates it.

Think of the situation we find ourselves in as a People. Thousands of violent rioters from Miami to New York City to Baltimore to Houston to Minneapolis to L.A. are looting stores, destroying private property, burning down apartments and police stations, murdering law enforcement personnel, attacking truck drivers, and causing general chaos. Doesn’t necessity require a swift end to the violence? Doesn’t necessity dictate that our nation’s military, which exists to protect our Republic, be used to do their job? Fortunately, even if you can’t yet hear the call of necessity, you can settle your mind in the fact that the Insurrection Act championed by the great Thomas Jefferson authorizes domestic military intervention during legitimate crises.

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I don’t say this often, but God bless Donald Trump! I didn’t vote for him in 2016 and I won’t be voting for him in 2020. However, even while he has done many things I find deplorable, he has done more good than any president in my lifetime. During the past week alone he has hit several home runs: Moving to designate Antifa a terrorist organization; taking the United States out of the World Health Organization (WHO); moving to stop censorship by social media outlets that take tax-payer money; expelling Chinese “students” associated with the communist People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from America; and now deploying the military to put down violent Marxist riots.

If I was in the presidency, I would use the office to designate all organizations, parties, publications, groups, and clubs promoting Marxism as “subversive.” I would move to disband and criminalize them. I would do everything in my power – including using the military – to round up the members of these organizations. They would be placed through an educational course similar to what prospective U.S. citizens take. At the end, they would be given an option: Swear allegiance to the U.S. Constitution or be exiled. In extreme cases, I propose the death penalty. Capital punishment has always been the penalty for traitors.

This proposal no doubt sounds draconian. After all, isn’t this what Hitler did to the communists who were attempting to overthrow Germany? Yes, it is. And by so doing, he saved Germany from a communist coup d’état! Despite how authoritarian it seems, removing the source of violence and disturbance is an essential duty of the officers of government. Think of it in other terms. When you find a cancerous tumor in your body, do you leave it there or do you cut it out? You of course remove it. If you leave it in the body, it spreads, festers, damages tissue cells and bone marrow, and eventually kills you – sometimes in an agonizing manner. The same is true of political contagions like communism. If they are not ruthlessly rooted out, the society will deteriorate, convulse, and die.

We have to ask ourselves if we’re willing to let our cities burn and watch our people’s lives, livelihoods, and property be destroyed in the name of an organized mob fighting so-called “injustice.” Are we prepared to sit by idly as the law if flouted and savage mobs roam the streets like hyenas searching for prey? Or are we willing to do what necessity requires and fight back? Thankfully, President Trump has decided to do his duty and fight back. According to one poll, 58% of Americans support his decision. Even if they did not, however, it would still be the right thing to do. It is the only moral thing to do in this dire situation.

Even as I emphatically support the president’s decision, I offer a word of caution. Having a standing army on our streets was something the Founding Fathers collectively feared. They distrusted military establishments. The Constitution in fact only permits Congress to fund a military two years at a time – a clear attempt to check a future police state. History bears out the fact that tyrants often rise out of the habitual use of military force. Would-be-despots love crises because they give a pretext for instituting martial law.

President Trump is not the one who will use the military to oppress Americans and enact full martial law. However, if we get comfortable with having the military patrol our streets or if we allow the Marxist plague to force the military to be called out again and again, there will come a day when a future president will use the military to overthrow the Constitution.

I call on everyone to unite to cut the communist cancer from the American body once and for all. We must focus all our attention on the real enemy:

“We must not become confused over side issues. Our enemy is not the Catholic, not the Protestant, not the Negro, not the white man, not the Jew, not the Gentile, not employers, not employees, not the wealthy, not the poor, not the worker, and not the employer. Our mortal enemies are the Satanic Communists and those who prepare the path for them” (Ezra Taft Benson, “A Race Against Time,” BYU Address, December 10, 1963).

Not only are Black Lives Matter and Antifa goons communists themselves, but they’re preparing the path for a much eviler criminal cult to take power in the chaos – the very chaos people endorse and sanction when they erroneously identify the riots as “peaceful protests,” add “Black Lives Matter” filters to their Facebook pictures, and call people “racists” for not going along with their white-guilt-fueled professions of sorrow.

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Finally, I echo J. Edgar Hoover who encouraged American patriots, saying:

“Communism can exist only where it is protected and hidden. The spotlight of public exposure is the most effective means we have to use in destroying the communist conspiracy. Drag that conspiracy into the light! Tear it apart. Reveal the flaws in its philosophy. Keep the pressure on it. Force it into retreat” (J. Edgar Hoover, The Lion, October, 1957, in Jerreld Newquist, ed., Prophets, Principles and National Survival, 251).

Fellow American, do your part to drag this diabolical conspiracy into the light where it will wither and die. Use your influence, however great or small, to denounce communism while advocating in favor of our Faith, Families, and Freedom. We have an opportunity, if we’re wise, moral, and courageous enough to take it, to deal a major blow to the communist conspiracy in America. If we fail to exterminate communism from our Republic, or if we allow our military to be improperly used in this fight, we may be signing our own death certificate. God help the pure in heart see the day when the communist gravediggers lie in the same mass grave they dug for us!

Zack Strong,
June 3, 2020

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