“I will be praying for Adam Kokesh, for his safety, that God will guide him.”
Those were the final words of my column last week. Despite my prayers, Adam is now in a Federal Detention Center, being held without bail, charged with assaulting a federal officer and resisting arrest. But there’s one problem:
I’ve watched several videos of the event (from different angles) and there appears to be no evidence to support the government’s charge. So the question is: Why did they arrest him?
I think the answer is obvious. He was organizing a peaceful, armed march on Washington, DC scheduled for July 4th of this year. In my opinion, the federal government couldn’t allow this, so they arrested him in order to squelch the event. For me, personally, I’ve fallen just short of supporting the event, because I need more time to evaluate the wisdom of it.
Some conservatives have spoken out vehemently against the march, but their reasons don’t satisfy me:
Adam Kokesh is an anarchist.
Adam Kokesh is an atheist.
Adam Kokesh smokes pot.
an·ar·chist – noun
a person who advocates or believes in anarchy or anarchism. – a person who promotes disorder or excites revolt against any established rule, law, or custom.
This doesn’t bother me. Anarchists will ultimately fail – even when they initially succeed – because if a government is overthrown something different will replace it. (Nature abhors a vacuum.)
a·the·ist – noun
a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings.
Atheists don’t concern me. They neither nullify my own faith nor do they affect the truth. God exists whether they recognize Him or not. No big deal.
pot·head – noun
a person who habitually smokes marijuana.
Though I’ve never smoked pot nor ingested any other illegal substance, I have watched others partake. Usually they fall asleep or mumble silly phrases. They don’t bother me unless they get behind the wheel of a car.
Others have called Adam a Marxist and an Islamic sympathizer because he’s attended events with said people. But I’ve found no solid, unbiased evidence to support their accusations. Even those who try to make the argument rely heavily on conjecture and guilt by association. That’s not enough for me.
I remember back in 2010 during the last Second Amendment March on DC. It was a long ordeal totally consuming 18 months of my life. Because I was the founder and organizer, I put my business on hold and worked 8 to 12 hours a day to make it happen. Part of my job was to interview potential speakers and report back to the Board of Directors with a recommendation. One woman emailed me wishing to speak. Her name was Nichole Stallard from southern California. She claimed to be a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment as well as Gay-Lesbian- Bisexual -Transgender rights. (GLBT)
Being a country boy, I’d heard of such things, but rarely had seen it firsthand. That type of thing always seemed unnatural to me and gave me the willies. I did (and still do) believe that God teaches us in the Bible that it’s a sin. But now, many in the Second Amendment movement were encouraging me to invite someone from the GLBT Second Amendment group, The Pink Pistols, to speak at the national rally.
I didn’t want to.
Nonetheless, I called Nichole to find out more about her. I remember the day specifically. It was hot and sunny in Michigan, and I had to step outside my house to get a decent cell signal. I was nervous, so I paced back and forth in my back yard. The phone rang several times, and just before I gave up, a man answered the phone.