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Are We Living Under a Military Coup?

An Ironically Patriotic Essay

How do concerned Americans return governance of their lives to a truly civilian-led arrangement as set out in the US Constitution? We know the document is flawed from the beginning, since its authors emphasized individual freedom as they owned human slaves they deemed 3/5ths of a human being. How does the United States become the democratic republic set out in that document when we live in an age of rising authoritarianism? How do ordinary civilians maintain bridges that may collapse from neglect? How do parents get poorly funded and highly regimented public schools to teach their kids how to think so they might survive in this world? Why are we forced to watch our election process and the civilian governments that result from it become a morally debased carnival of whores? The list of difficult problems is long. Whether it was via a "coup" or whatever, how do civilians get the military monster that sucks so much of their resources and real interests back into its constitutional box?

I've come to believe there's only one way, and no one said it better than the ex-slave Frederick Douglas:

“Who would be free, themselves must strike the blow. … This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.”

Beautiful words. Living up to them and figuring out how they apply to the glorious, exasperating monster called America circa 2018 is where the struggle now exists. Good people can't get away with going along and hiding under the rug any more.

story | by Dr. Radut