OK, I have to admit that I'm an Adam Kokesh fan for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that we can't have a revolution without revolutionaries.
I realize that sometimes he does outrageous things that drive people away from the liberty movement, like this moment, right before he was forcefully removed from the 2008 Republican Convention:
And sometimes he organizes events that seem silly, like the Dance-In at the Jefferson Memorial:
But sometimes, his methods give us a glimpse of what we're up against and reveal what the government really thinks of us. This weekend is one of those times.
Adam was speaking at a marijauna legalization rally. While I think that drug laws should belong to the states, to be honest this isn't one of my issues and that's partly because it isn't a freedom that the traditional GOP voter is ready to embrace (yet).
But Adam wasn't smoking pot, he wasn't carrying pot, and he didn't organize the event. However,the police moved in on him when he was speaking, and he was arrested.
The Kokesh wing of the movement has been aflutter all weekend about it, and if you want to know more specifics, I suggest you visit his Facebook page or click ont of the links at the bottom of this entry because I want to focus on one small event that will likely go unnoticed, and it's in this video.
This officer is answering phones that are apparently ringing quite a bit as people call to check on the status of a quasi-celebrity. You won't need to listen long, I promise:
Who is the provacatuer again?
This is why I like and admire Adam. He never loses his cool, and his ability to do so exposes small bits of the arrogant power structures we're facing.
And in case you doubt the authenticity of the video, this is Part II, where the kid who recorded the call shows evidence in his favor:
Saturday Night is still on, even though they stopped being funny about the time John Belushi died. Apparently they're settling for being political hacks:
Actually, Amy, the courts have held that you can't be pulled over just for having a license plate or bumper sticker that arouses suspicion. But thanks for reminding us that the Democrats aren't really about civil liberties as much as they are brute force.
And while I can't find anything that definitively links him to the Democrat party, the treasurer, Nick Nuckelt, has a Facebook page which is now private. But a little while ago, it wasn't, and his small list favorites included Occupy Wall Street, NBC, and Huffington Post. Ugh.
He also scrubbed his LinkedIn and Pinterest accounts, although they didn't appear to be anything except dull. (Thanks Google cache)
My guess is that this independent-expenditure PAC is trying to cash in on Rand Paul's name, divert cash away from the official organizations, and then spend it running ads against him if he runs in the general.
In the meantime, the FEC regulations clearly state that, "In the case of any political committee which is not an authorized committee, such political committee shall not include the name of any candidate in its name."
Which is why PACs like RAND PAC and SARAH PAC are actually acronyms.
I suspect there will be a complaint filed with the FEC shortly.
Beginning Wednesday, May 15, committees registered with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) will be able to go on-line to create a new electronic filing password, retrieve a forgotten password or change their existing e-filing password.
The problem with compromising your principles means that you have to give up some of them, and for the past 45 years, GOP leadership has been willing to hand off our 2nd amendment rights in exchange for nothing more than, at best, attempting to quiet down the chattering class of the left.
Those of us 50 and older learned a long time ago that the left will never be satiated. They will never have a government to suit them. They will never have enough welfare programs. Nobody will ever pay their fair share. And no amount of private firearm ownership is permissible.
Of course, the manipulations always come with demeaning, condescending statements from both sides of the aisle, assuring us that nobody wants to take guns away from everybody. They only want to decide who is allowed to have them.
They're liars. They are too politically savvy to actually talk about repealing the 2nd Amendment. Instead they content themselves with taking our rights away through incremental-ism. Every snippet of freedom the government allows us to keep in the name of compromise moves to the top of the list of the next loophole to close. Private sales of guns, for example. But make no mistake - the long term agenda of the big government politicians is to take all guns away from anybody not carrying a government ID.