That was fast. Earlier this month, internet radio host Adam Kokesh announced a plan to lead thousands of armed marchers across the Arlington Memorial Bridge, into Washington, DC, and all the way to the White House. In fairly short order, DC Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier assured Kokesh and company that they would, indeed, be met with force if they tried to cross the bridge with firearms, in violation of district law. Now, the dream of a thousand pepper-sprayed gun-nuts has died, as Kokesh has announced to Vagirminator Pete Santilli that he’s calling the whole thing off.
Well, not the whole thing. Instead of facing down Chief Lanier’s Metro Police himself, Kokesh is calling on his followers to organize their own armed marches on all 50 state capitals, to “demand that the governors of these 50 states immediately initiate the process of an orderly dissolution of the federal government through secession and reclamation of federally held property.”
From Media Matters:
Kokesh, a former host for Russian state-sponsored RT television who now hosts an internet radio show, told conspiracy theorist radio host Pete Santilli that it was time to “escalate our tactics” before cancelling the Washington march and urging supporters to march on their state capitol instead.
On May 28, Santilli, a promoter of conspiracy theories about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks who recently drew scrutiny from the Secret Service over vicious comments made about Hillary Clinton, aired an interview where Kokesh read from a press release and provided other details about the expansion of his plans.
Kokesh was calling Santilli (of “Shoot Hillary Clinton In The Vagina” fame) from jail because, before he could get himself jacked up by DC police, he was jacked up by Philadelphia police at a pot legalization rally. Kokesh is accused of impeding the arrest of a reefer-smoker, and of grabbing a park ranger’s arm, which is considered assault. Unfortunately, video of the arrest doesn’t show the incident in question.
The new plan calls for 50 marches on 50 cities, followed by a year-long countdown to AR-15-mageddon:
A new American revolution is long overdue. This revolution has been brewing in the hearts and minds of the people for many years, but this Independence Day, it shall take a new form as the American Revolutionary Army will march on each state capital to demand that the governors of these 50 states immediately initiate the process of an orderly dissolution of the federal government through secession and reclamation of federally held property. Should one whole year pass from this July 4th while the crimes of this government are allowed to continue, we may have passed the point at which non-violent revolution becomes impossible. The time to sit idly by has passed, to remain neutral is to be complicit, just doing your job is not an excuse, and the line in the sand has been drawn between we the people, and the criminals in Washington, DC. While some timid souls will say that it is too early, that we can solve this problem through democratic means provided by government, that current levels of taxation are reasonable for the services provided, and that the crimes of this government are merely a tolerable nuisance; it may already be too late. While there is risk in drastic action, the greater danger lies in allowing this government to continue unchallenged. So if you are content with the status quo, stay home, get fat, watch the fireworks from a safe distance, and allow this Independence Day to pass like any other. But if you see as we see, and feel as we feel, we will see you on the front lines of freedom on July 4th 2013 for this: The Final American Revolution.
If that screed conjures an image of a tri-corner-hatted GOB Bluth squirting unlit lighter fluid on bemused National Guardsmen, then you’ve been watching too much Arrested Development this week, like I have.
As clownish as this entire exercise appears to be, there may be some who will worry about the possible consequences if Kokesh’s followers actually try to make good on his plan, but it only took a couple of weeks for his march on DC to fall apart. Given a whole year to mull things over, I’m guessing Kokesh will be lucky to organize a Super-Soaker march on Sheboygan.
Here’s video of Kokesh’s arrest, from Youtube (warning: turn volume down):
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