I Am Not A Patriot, But I Am A Patriot

By Russell D. Longcore

DumpDC started as my personal blog, with the intention of giving myself a forum for exploring thoughts and information about liberty. It rapidly gained an audience. More and more readers came to the website and joined me as I wrestled with how to define true liberty. In May, DumpDC will be three years old. We’ve made some pretty amazing progress in exploring and defining secessionist thought.

I spend a lot of time in reading and research. And my searching takes me to “Patriot” websites of all stripes. Almost exclusively, “patriot” websites extol the virtues of wresting political control away from the scoundrels in power, and returning America to Constitutional principals and lawful governance. From websites dedicated to the Republican Party to the Tea Party, to the Tenth Amendment to Oath Takers, patriots love the Constitution.

But as a proponent of secession, those goals are the furthest from my mind. I take the position that (a) the US Constitution is fatally flawed, (b) is written to create a strong central government, and (c) is unenforceable as a legal document. And as such, the United States of America is speeding toward a complete collapse from which there is no escape.

Patriots, no matter how sincere or dedicated, cannot change America’s fate. But when we use the term “Patriot,” may we reach operational definitions?

Dictionary.com defines the word “patriot” thus:

1. a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
2. a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government.

I am not a man who loves, supports and defends his country and its interests with devotion. So this separates me from those who wave the flag and participate in the political/electoral processes. This country, the United States of America, is not the amber waves of grain, the purple mountain’s majesty from sea to shining sea. That’s merely the geography of North America. The USA is its people. Unfortunately, the greatest majority of American people have blindly accepted politics as reality, and allowed the treasonous criminals of Washington to redefine the republic.

The elections always seem to break like this: of those who vote, 40% of the people vote Republican; 40% vote Democrat; 20% call themselves Independents. The Independents think they think better than the party faithful. But the Independents are actually so bereft of the ability to think that they become the flotsam and jetsam of the American election process, simply washing up on whichever political shoreline is at the lowest elevation.

America is in its present terminal condition because its people have basically no societal memory of what liberty looks and feels like. The scoundrels of two centuries have fundamentally transformed a loose confederation of sovereign states into a completely uncontrolled, massive central government that subsumed the states. And because it happened over a couple hundred years, the transformation was barely noticeable…one new law here, another new regulation there. Most of the time not enough to get riled up about. Then academia took the side of the scoundrels and re-educated the masses with new definitions and explanations about civics so citizens would be subservient worker bees. Think about this…if you’re the government, and you’re supposed to be controlled by The People…what’s the easiest way to change that system? Un-teach The People about the structure of the government. Then run things any way you like.

The scoundrels have come from among the American populace, so we can’t blame anybody but ourselves. No foreign power conquered America…we gave it away.

So, now Americans agree that:

• Lincoln’s War was about ending slavery
• WWI and WWII were “just wars.”
• Voting matters
• Social Security and Medicare are entitlements
• Our military should occupy the world and invade countries indiscriminately
• Washington should run the health care industry
• Washington should regulate every second of our lives
• We should sit still for Washington to steal about 40% of our incomes
• Washington runs the states, not the other way around
• Business is bad, and government is good
• Inflation is OK and it’s normal for our money to lose purchasing power
• The Supreme Court can make law through judicial decisions
• It’s OK to kill babies while they are inside their mother’s wombs
• Romney, Santorum and Gingrich are “conservatives,” and Ron Paul is “outside the mainstream” and too extreme to be President.

So I have nothing in common with “first-definition” Patriots. I cannot align myself with the Patriots of the first definition.

The “second-definition” Patriots are dedicated to regaining individual liberty that has been lost, but they borrow from the other guys and still want to defend their country and keep the USA together. So it looks like Russ and DumpDC are not a second-definition Patriot either.

That doesn’t mean that I wish to distance myself from Patriot websites. They ardently defend individual rights, but still wish to return America to Constitutional control. But they are chasing a dream that cannot happen. I actually look to these Patriots as my eventual allies, but they will not embrace secession until they are forced to by world events. So I am not a Patriot.

So, how about we create a third definition? To wit: a defender of personal liberty and property rights who recognizes that America cannot be saved from destruction, and looks to secession and the establishment of a new nation as the only solution.

I am a “third-definition” Patriot who regards himself as a defender of individual rights and a man against presumed interference by the federal government. My solution to an overarching Federal tyrannical regime is to wait until the US Dollar collapses, which will take Washington down. From the ruins of the American experiment, a few new nations will arise, former states rising like phoenixes from the American ashes.

Come join me as a Third Definition Patriot.

Secession is the only hope for individual liberty and property rights on the North American continent. Who will be first?

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

© Copyright 2012, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.

19 Responses to I Am Not A Patriot, But I Am A Patriot

  1. Kerodin says:

    I join the premise, if it is limited to this simple statement: Patriots choose personal Liberty. Full Stop.

    Most of us can agree on that premise.

    We start to divide on the how of it all. Let’s avoid that division, for now.

    For now, we should be able to find enough common ground in Jefferson’s definition of Liberty: Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.

    To my mind that is a Patriot, and I can work with anyone who accepts that position. We can quibble about the details later, after our true enemies have been displaced.

    Thanks for what you do, Russ, and for what you bring to the table.

    Thanks again for the ad, Russ. I owe you an email about business.


  2. Craig Cavanaugh says:

    You are 100% correct. Can’t say much else..

  3. Richard says:

    I identify with most of the definitions of patriotism listed in this column. Unfortunately, I have serious doubts that liberty would spontaneously arise from an eco-political tsunami or that a new and improved nation(s) might necessarily result.

    History, personal as well as national, has an odd way of unfolding in unexpected ways.

    Change is coming. The tsunami is on the way. We see the waters rising already, but chaos is often directed by unseen currents. The flotsam and jetsam of a ruined culture may not pile up in idealistic patterns. One cannot sit idly by, waiting for things to get better.

    Evil prospers when good men do nothing and those who do nothing generally get what they’ve been working for.

    But that’s just me, hollering from the choir loft…

  4. SelfDestruct says:

    I am with you as a third definition patriot. I don’t think the country can be restored as a whole. To long as gone by since people have experienced freedom to possibly convince the whole nation. The people of today as a whole don’t want freedom or the personal responsibility that comes with it. A large percentage of the citizens of this country couldn’t survive in a free country. I don’t think the constitution was intended as a bad document, but I feel we can learn from our history to correct mistakes and form a better document. Here is a link to a document I ran across today. It is by no means perfect or complete, but it has some good ideas. Everyone should take a look at it.

  5. […] might help. But, as I stated, the whole system is inherently flawed (as Russell Longcore of DumpDC wrote just today), and the real answer — that is, the only real way to prevent total economic crises, chaos, […]

  6. itor says:

    The remainder of the liberty quote:

    “I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”

    any law, “constitutional”. or not.

  7. Reg T says:

    The Constitution may well contain “fatal flaws”. I am still attempting to educate myself on the document and the difference between what was intended by those who wanted small government responsive to the people, and those who wanted a strong central government to direct the people.

    I believe that, even with its flaws, it is the best attempt yet made in the history of mankind. Just as the creation of a product such as a car or a computer requires numerous attempts, prototypes, to achieve a working, viable, and efficient device, that is obviously the case with an attempt at a document that will keep men free.

    Because men socialize, willingly amongst themselves or unwillingly when coerced by larger groups or stronger forces, some means of organizing society will always be necessary to protect the rights of the individual.

    I lean toward secession, but whatever small nation-states which might evolve from that (if they are able to survive in the face of attempts by whatever government forms or remains in the rest of the country and world), we are going to need something beyond anarchy if we are to exist together in some social form. The Constitution remains the best template in existence for such organization. We simply (or not so simply) must correct the errors included in that document.

    Otherwise we end up with Einstein’s definition of insanity. Just as those who believe in socialism are truly insane.

    • dumpdc says:

      Dear Reg T:

      1. First, read “No Treason” by Lysander Spooner.
      2. The Constitution is a document for a group of states, not for a new nation.
      3. The Articles of Confederation was a superior document. Also read the Texas Constitution after its secession from Mexico.
      4. People who want to embrace secession must start thinking about what a single sovereign nation needs. I have written about it. Look in the Archive and find the “Corporate Model of Governance.”


  8. oughtsix says:

    “From the ruins of the American experiment, a few new nations will arise, former states rising like phoenixes from the American ashes.”

    Why should you,or we, hope that small tyrannies will be any better than this large one? Who will organize these “former states” to “rise like phoenix(es) from the ashes?”

    Why, the same power hungry narcissists such as corrupted the FUSA, that’s who… the same self appointed dogooders who are to blame for the present debacle.

    Which ever gang can concentrate enough power, bullshit and boondoggle will raise up these petty phoenixes for their own ends.

    Who will stop them in the face of the ubiquitous human need for organization and direction, and the utter ignorance and irresponsibility of the folks?

    Generations of “reeducation by reality” will be needed for any society such as you might envision to occur. Have you any idea of the potential mischief the rest of the world could engender to derail any such effort?

    Jon III

    • dumpdc says:

      Dear Ought Six-
      Next time you write to us, how about offering YOUR solutions? I hate whiners. Russ

      • oughtsix says:

        Well, Russell, I wrote what I thought was a pretty good reply to your “hate'” and, somehow lost it.

        It was rather long, it’s late and I’ve usually found it futile to try to retrieve/recreate these things when such as this happen. It was to the effect that you “hate whiners” when you have no answer for honest, valid criticism. Ideologues are like that. Try justifying your solutions v. the questions I raised rather resorting to “nyahh, nyahh, so’s yer momma.”

        I do remember the last line or so, wherein I said,

        “All due respect, Russell, take your “hate” and transform it into something useful. No time, no time, no time….”

      • dumpdc says:

        Dear Ought: All I did was suggest that you offer a solution instead of whining. I apologize for offending your delicate sensibilities by my “hate.” I actually like to see what other people create as solutions or challenges to my writings. And give me a break…you somehow lost your brilliant rejoinder? Yea, the dog ate my homework too. Laziness takes many forms, and “I lost it” is just another excuse. Cheers, Russ

      • oughtsix says:

        That below was completely sincere and honest. Up your juvenile rejoinder. Deal with the criticism in my original comment and leave off the middle school baiting.

        I never used “dog ate homework” excuses even when I was 10, and that was 59 years ago.

        And don’t bother putting “hate” in sneer quotes… you brought that word to the discussion on your own behalf, along with the puerile “whiners,” as if disagreement with your orthodoxy was tantamount to bitching and complaining.

        I merely suggested that it’s a futile and ultimately self defeating emotion, the energy drained by which could be put to better use:

        Like elevating the debate, being respectful of other points of view (the which I DID give), grateful for those who share your interest in finding a way through, which I do.

        But, hey, it’s your blog. I don’t really care how you choose to run it.

  9. Sean says:

    While I agree with virtually with all you said, let’s go to that “just wars” thing. I don’t go for the idea that a war can be “just”, but I do understand that in the eyes of the belligerents, justice is what each are seeking, aka, victory. I would not want to view the possibility of a world where the Germans and Japanese were victorious in WW2. Justice, it appears, dictated that these murderous tyrannical crazies would assume room temperature, and thankfully they did. While I do not measure WW2 as a “just” war, it no doubt was a neccessary one, and it involved the Allies losing much of their own liberties, and suffering great injustices due to bad decisions of their leaders. You hate whiners? I hate revisionists and those who obfuscate. Perhaps it’s just a difference of opinion between us. WW1 was bullshit, but WW2 was power grab by truly evil people. Perhaps if you’re truly interested in heading off tyranny, you might consider titanic efforts to head off these injustices require humans to do them, with the resultant human mistakes and failures. My solution to the problems you present would be to stop dreaming, and start working with what you got.

    • dumpdc says:

      Sean- Wilson got us into WWI, and FDR got us into WWII. Deal with it. WWI was a European war between cousins that was extended by our entry into the fight. The Treaty of Versailles set the stage for the rise of Germany in the 30s. Germany would have rewritten the European maps, but would not have been a threat to America in the WWII era. We dealt just fine with the USSR for 40 years, so don’t tell me we could not have gotten along with a victorious Axis. You seem to place more trust in the schoolbooks you read and movies you watched than in reality. Thanks for writing, Russ

  10. oughtsix says:

    Sean, just so.

  11. koivwvia says:

    Hey Russ –

    Good post. I just exceeded word limits over at Venlet’s site in response to his response about your post.

    It is safe to say that Americans have been brain-washed, literally, into thinking we are anything like those Old Sons with muskets on Breed’s Hill (wasn’t “Bunker”) were fighting and dying for.

    I just put it another way – I am an American. Most folks around me are governmentalists. They can’t wrap their heads around freedom or rights in their essence, so they scoot over to whatever protection whatever politician(s) offer, and then tells us we don’t know what we are talking about.

    I get it.


  12. koivwvia says:

    Man-o-man! Forest, meet trees . . .

    Ought6 . . . Sean . . .

    Look, I don’t mean to use any language that would upset anyone, but “Ought” – you need to examine precisely your own argumentation, which leaves much to be desired. If Russell is so wrong, then prove it, don’t “whine” back in the very same vein of which you accuse him.

    Sean – history is most often written by the winners, and those who automatically believe the winners are doomed to repeat the history when it fails.

    Reading your postings, I am not at all sure who you want to blame for whatever back when or now. From the Spanish American War onward, there was no need for the loss of a single American life.

    Not one. And when you actually study enough history to see why I said that, then you will agree.

    I am an American, I am not a governmentalist, as are both you and “Ought.” Russ wasn’t whining at either of you . . . he was probably thinking “WTF?” and trying to respond in a nice way. It is hard to do when arguing against either emotionalism or irrationality.

    If you are looking for a more receptive audience, go to Daily Kos or Crazy Charlie’s over at LGF. They have wholeheartedly caved to the socialistic mindset bred in WW I and WW II, and the subsequent foreign and domestic policies that have turned Americans into lemmings.

    There are some of us who are simply tired of the idiocy.

    Apparently the two of you have not yet progressed to that point, but take heart . . .

    We will still be here, when you finally get here.

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