The need for mass action
Those dedicated to restoring the constitution and to protecting our rights
to keep and bear arms and to assemble as independent local militias recognize
the need to demonstrate our resolve, to influence lawmakers and to recruit more
support for our cause. Some have held rallies in their local areas, while others
are calling for marches on Washington, DC.
Although marches on Washington have been popular, and might be appropriate
for this cause at some time in the future, they are neither feasible nor
effective at this time. Lawmakers are only concerned about what those marchers
on Washington might want who are their own constituents, and they would pay more
attention if the march occurred in their home states or districts where it might
arouse support among other constituents. A march on Washington can get some
publicity for a cause, but it is a lot of trouble to go to for two minutes on
the evening news. There are easier ways to get that.
When a candidate for public office tries to win votes, he doesn't campaign
in Washington, but goes on a tour of his state or district, tries to meet as
many people as possible, and tries to stage events that generate as much free
publicity and excitement as possible. A route for the tour should try to visit
those areas in which there are the greatest number of people who vote, but who
haven't already made up their minds, and who are the most likely to be
responsive to the message of the campaign. A Campaign for the Constitution needs
to do the same.
Plans and routes
The key to success is sponsorship by one or a few key organizations with
large memberships. If a new organization must be built just for the campaign
tour, it will take time and may lose its momentum before the tour can take
The size of the United States, and the need to reach many different areas in
a short period, makes a single tour route infeasible, and suggests dividing the
country into several sections and staging a campaign tour in each.
One possibility would be three circuits: a Western, a Central, and an
Eastern. The Western tour might begin in Arizona, proceed north through Colorado
to Montana, then west to Washington and south to California and thence back to
Arizona. The Central might begin in Texas, proceed north through the Dakotas,
through Minnesota, then east to Ohio, south through Tennessee to Mississippi,
then back to Texas. The Eastern circuit might begin in Florida, proceed up the
East Coast to Maine, then west through Pennsylvania, south to Alabama, and back
The tours would be planned to take place over a three-month period, building
in momentum as they proceed. While some supporters might drop out along the way,
more would join the campaign as it traveled. The exact routes should focus on
those states and congressional districts in which the congressmen are on the
fence and susceptible to constituent pressure on the issue. In those areas
represented by members whose minds are made up, and who are not supportive of
our cause, the focus should be on identifying challengers to the incumbents who
are supporters and who have some chance of unseating the incumbent, and on
encouraging them to run in the next election.
Once a tentative route has been selected, teams must be designated to
prepare for the tour. The first are the organizers, who identify supporters in
the areas along the route and recruit them to help prepare events and recruit
support in their areas.
The second team are the advance men, who travel ahead of the main campaign,
arranging for accommodations, selecting sites, securing equipment and personnel,
and handling advance publicity.
The third team arrive just in advance of the main campaign team to set up
equipment, unload the baggage, and secure the facilities.
The main team should consist of prominent persons who are good campaigners.
People in an area will often turn out to meet visiting dignitaries who would
never get around to attending local meetings of activist organizations
otherwise, and once energized, will often continue to meet with fellow
After the main team has left the area, a followup team needs to linger in
the area to handle followup publicity, recruit and organize supporters, and get
them to take action to influence their elected officials. They should leave a
trail of local activist groups who will continue to meet and who will recruit
support for the cause in other areas not visited by the campaign.
An important function along the way is fundraising, to support the campaign
itself and the organizing efforts that will follow it. It is important for the
campaign to generate more and more contributions as it goes. Nothing is worse
than to run out of money along the way.
Call to action
The theme of the campaign should not just be firearm or militia rights, but
the larger issues of restoring constitutional governance. Many people who might
oppose the more limited cause of gun rights will be more receptive to the
broader theme, and it is after all what makes gun rights important.
Most of what the campaign needs to do is educate people on the principles of
constitutional law, on how it protects rights and limits the power of
government, and on how to apply it to specific laws and official acts that
people might encounter in the course of their lives. We need to emphasize the
Principle of Nuremberg: that every individual has the responsibility to make an
independent determination of the constitutionality of every law and official
act, to support those that are constitutional and resist those that are not, and
never to try to delegate that responsibility to public officials or superiors.
Not even the Supreme Court.
It must be explained to people that many of the unconstitutional assumptions
of power are in response to the demands from people to do something about real
problems, but that they need to refrain from making such demands unless the
Constitution is first amended to make such measures legal, and if they still
insist that such action is needed, then involve them in proposing the
constitutional amendments that might provide the necessary legal foundation.
One of the aims of this campaign should be to leave a trail of local militia
units along the route of the tours who will recruit and organize other militia
units across the country until there is an active unit in every county.
The time for action is now. We may never have a better chance to reverse the
progressive loss of our rights and freedoms for which generations of our
forefathers fought and died. Contact your favorite activist organizations and
discuss sponsoring such a campaign.
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