The Trump Presidency, combined with GOP failure to act against him, constitutes the greatest threat this nation has ever faced.

When I was 17, under penalty of law and threat of not receiving financial aid for college, I was forced to sign the Military Selective Service Agreement. I had resisted signing this document because I am a pacifist and I didn’t believe the wars we were involved in served any purpose save for securing US oil interests in the Middle East and continuing the military industrial complex.

However, as I prepared my FAFSA it became clear I would not be receiving federal student loans unless I agreed to the terms of the Selective Service System Uncompensated Registrar Appointment form. (PPPM)

Here is that document in PDF format, which I and presumably all United States citizen males 18 and older have signed: PPPM

The most important part, and pertinent to my logical case that civil war is now my civic duty, is the OATH OF OFFICE which reads.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that as a registrar under the Military Selective Service Act, I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter; SO HELP ME GOD.”

I swore to defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC. This oath is clear as can be. The only question then, is if Donald Trump and his campaign and transition and cabinet, and/or the GOP in congress who refuse to act on their own oaths of office constitute “domestic enemies”?

I now have to accept the reality that they are.

Things we know 100% to be true.

  1. Putin ordered a campaign to influence the 2016 US presidential election. This was the primary finding of the DNI report released January 6, 2017. The public version of this report in PDF format: Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections
  2. DNC emails were hacked as part of this campaign, and the information they contain was published by WikiLeaks. Cyber attacks are considered “acts of war” by the Pentagon. (Source)
  3. Russia has since hacked our nuclear power plants. (Source)
  4. Trump campaign officials conspired with Russian officials regarding Putin’s efforts. These meetings are too numerous to even list but are epitomized by the meeting Kushner, Manafort, and Don Jr. had, and lied repeatedly about, with several Russian officials. (Source)

So, it is demonstrable and inarguable that Russia has committed multiple acts of war against the sovereignty, infrastructure, and national security of the United States. It is further provable that these actions constitute what the Pentagon considers “acts of war”. It has now been shown that members of the Trump campaign, Trump’s very closest advisors, met with Russians to receive kompromat against their political opponent.

Now, lets take a look at what US federal laws we can easily show this violates. Particularly, section 793 of the Espionage Act of 1917.

18 U.S. Code § 793 – Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information. Some applicable sections include:

“Whoever, for the purpose of obtaining information respecting the national defense with intent or reason to believe that the information is to be used to the injury of the United States, or to the advantage of any foreign nation…”

“Whoever, for the purpose aforesaid, receives or obtains or agrees or attempts to receive or obtain from any person, or from any source whatever, any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note, of anything connected with the national defense, knowing or having reason to believe, at the time he receives or obtains, or agrees or attempts to receive or obtain it, that it has been or will be obtained, taken, made, or disposed of by any person contrary to the provisions of this chapter…”

We KNOW that the participants of this meeting committed espionage. They knowingly took the meeting to receive information that would harm their political opponent from a hostile foreign power who has since committed acts of war against the United States.

This is before we even get into other violations of law Trump, his campaign and transition team, and his cabinet have committed. These include:

  1. Obstruction of Justice.
    “It is difficult to construe President Trump’s statements on February 14 to former FBI Director Comey as anything other than a request to terminate the FBI investigation of Gen. Flynn for reasons other than the merits of the case. This is an attempt to endeavor and influence the due administration of justice under the federal obstruction of justice statute.” Jimmy Gurulé, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame (Source)
  2. Emoluments Clause to the Constitution.
    Trump is currently being sued by the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland for “unprecedented constitutional violations by the President that have injured and threaten to cause continuing injury to D.C. and the State of Maryland. (PDF)
  3. Perjury.
    A. After Jeff Sessions LIED about his connections to Russia in his Senate Confirmation Hearing Democratic Senators asked Comey to investigate this for perjury. Comey, however, was promptly fired by Trump. We have since learned that Comey’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia was the grounds for his firing. (Sessions Source) (Trump Source)
    B. Jared Kushner has repeatedly omitted meetings with Russians from his SF-86 form, in addition to leaving a billion in Russian debt off his financials. There were 100 omissions on his SF-86 and 77 omissions on his financials, this cannot be accidental and is an act of perjury. (Source)

We have to view all of the above through the lens of Trump’s complete inability to do ANYTHING that will punish or deter Putin from continuing attacks on the US. For any other president in history, including Obama who increased sanctions, expelled Russian diplomats, and seized Russian compounds, this direct attack on the most important aspect of our democracy would be their top priority. Instead, Donald Trump can scarcely even admit it happened. Despite being briefed along with the gang of 8 on November 23, 2016, Trump did not even admit these attacks on our sovereignty took place until June 24th, 2017. For 213 days, Trump denied even the existence of the foreign enemy aid he received, and we KNOW that he KNEW about it AT THE TIME, and have recently even found out he knew about the aforementioned Kushner/Don Jr./Manafort meeting with the Russians and even dictated a statement about it. So this wasn’t a simple denial. This was an intentional lie to every American citizen.

And finally, we have to view all of that through the lens of the GOP’s complete inability to act against the President for ANY of the above violations of the law and the constitution. Any one of these should be enough to have impeachment proceedings underway, not to mention a pretty strong 25th Amendment case, but they aren’t. Congressional GOP either refuse or are incapable of action against their falsely elected demagogue. A man we now know conspired with members of his campaign to commit espionage for God’s sake.

The assumption, then, has to be that Donald J. Trump, his campaign and transition staff, all his cabinet and White House staff appointees and indeed all members of the GOP in congress, are now incapable or unwilling to defend the constitution of the United States or the election process against Russian dark money, hacking, propaganda or even outright acts of war on our infrastructure. And therefor, all of these people are now domestic enemies of the United States of America, her sovereignty, her election integrity, and most importantly enemies of democracy itself.

And you’ll recall from the beginning, myself and every other able bodied man in the nation has sworn an oath to defend the constitution from domestic enemies.

Logically speaking, it is our civic duty to oust these falsely installed tyrants and traitors by any means necessary. For now, I’ve far too much to lose, particularly my children’s future, and as mentioned am a pacifist, so I will pray that Mueller and the Senate and House Intelligence Committees are capable of checking this most serious threat to our nation in its history. But should the day come when I can better serve my children’s future through sacrifice than peaceful resistance, or it becomes clear the GOP in congress will prevent or be incapable of checking the power of this falsely installed soft coup president, I will no longer hesitate. Not because I want to, this would be the last thing I would want, but because I swore an oath to protect the Constitution.

2 thoughts on “A Logical and Ethical Case for Civil War

  1. I am female and took the same oath when I joined the National Guard in 1981. I have since too become a pacificist. But I agree with every word you have said.

    1. Thank you for your service!

      I considered including service members, but didn’t think it would be appropriate for me to include their oath since I did not serve myself.

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