Mohandas Ghandi led a non-violent revolution to overthrow the British Empire in India. Zero guns were used, though Ghandi was shot to death by a lunatic devotee while he was walking to a platform from which he was to address a prayer meeting. The assassin was a Hindu nationalist who strongly opposed the doctrine of nonviolence.
Adam Kokesh is a psychopathic, violent, libertarian, gun-worshiping lunatic who plans to carry out a threatening loaded-weapon march “against tyranny” on Washington DC on July 4, 2013.
Obviously these two individuals have nothing in common, but don’t tell that to Kokesh who recently compared himself to the non-violent Ghandi via text messages in an exchange with the Washington Post.
The Washington Post asked Kokesh,
“Suppose the D.C. police, as they have promised, block the marchers from crossing into Washington? How should they respond?”
“With Satyagraha,” Kokesh said.
Satyagraha, defined my Mirriam-Webster as “pressure for social and political reform through friendly passive resistance practiced by M. K. Gandhi and his followers in India.”
What’s “friendly” about marching with loaded guns? What’s “passive” about marching with loaded guns? What is “peaceful” about marching with loaded guns?
Americans Against the Tea Party reported that the Chief Of Police for Washington D.C. said,
“When you cross with firearms and you’re not in compliance with the law now you’re talking about a criminal offense and there’s going to be some action by police. Obviously there has been no permit filed by the organizer and we’ve not made contact with the organizer yet. But we will, and we’ll make sure they understand that if they want to pass through the District of Columbia with loaded firearms as long as they are in compliance with the firearms laws for transportation of firearms to the District, we’re all for it. But passing into the District of Columbia with firearms is a violation of the law and we’ll have to treat it as such.”
Here’s Adam’s “plan” as detailed on the Facebook page for the event:
On the morning of July 4, 2013, Independence Day, we will muster at the National Cemetery & at noon we will step off to march across the Memorial Bridge, down Independence Avenue, around the Capitol, the Supreme Court, & the White House, then down Constitution Avenue to peacefully return to Virginia across the Memorial Bridge. This is an act of civil disobedience, not a permitted event. We will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny. We are marching to mark the high water mark of government & to turn the tide. This will be a non-violent event, unless the government chooses to make it violent. Should we meet physical resistance, we will peacefully turn back, having shown that free people are not welcome in Washington, & return with the resolve that the politicians, bureaucrats, & enforcers of the federal government will not be welcome in the land of the free. “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson. Does the government fear the people? If not, something is wrong, and we aim to change it.
So just in this first paragraph his claim of peaceful, non-violent resistance goes out the window. He says he aims to intimidate the government. He says he will react with violence, “if the government chooses to make it violent” and that government should fear idiots like Kokesh and his followers.
In another section of the description, Kokesh writes,
“This event is civil disobedience because we will be violating and/or attempting to violate various regulations that have been used to curtail freedom of speech and freedom of self-defense, however, this is in response to the DC Police refusing to follow the law of the Constitution. They have been in violation of court order and the law by continuing to enforce statures that have been ruled unconstitutional. This is one in a long train of abuses, but a government that cannot be trusted to follow its own rules cannot be trusted, and we cannot allow this lawlessness to continue. We must stop this criminal government!”
No, this event is violent lawlessness intended to threaten and intimidate duly elected representatives of the people of the United States of America, and to terrorize the people of Washington D.C. Otherwise, why bring loaded weapons? Ghandi did it without loaded weapons. This is a dangerous event, conceived in the warped mind of a dangerous person. We only hope that nobody gets hurt or killed.
“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
“Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
“There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.”
― Mahatma Gandhi