I Am Afraid of the Government – Adam Kokesh is Not

Written by Skip Coryell on May 17, 2013

“Others tell me there’s a risk the police will open fire on you. Are you afraid of that?”

“The risk of doing nothing is greater than anything the government can do to me.”

As a Marine Corps veteran myself, and as a Second Amendment activist, I have to respect his clarity and his moxie. But the question remains … is he a lunatic … a visionary?

He exudes clarity and conviction. He knows the stakes; he’s willing to take the risk and accept the consequences of his civil disobedience. But then he turned the tables on me.

“Skip, are you going to be there?”

I was frank with him. “If I’m arrested, my wife and five children have no means of support. I can’t risk that.”

“Then show up with a camera.”

I agreed to give it serious thought. Truth be told I’d like to be there to record for posterity the first armed march on Washington, DC since the last Battle of Bull Run (ironically fought in our first Civil War.)

The title of my article states “I am afraid of the government.” That’s true and here’s why. The government has become so powerful, tyrannical, so removed from the people, that we can no longer control it. They have the power and resolve to:

— Tap my phone
— Freeze my bank account
— Take away my children
— Throw me in jail

Yet, despite those fears, some people will follow Adam Kokesh. Because they see one man standing up; they see one man who treats fear as an opportunity for bravery. But still … is he a lunatic? I see a man who lost hope in reforming the government through politics, and now he marches, with gun in hand, cocked, locked and ready to rock, all the while screaming out in protest “Molon Labe! Come and take them!”

One thing is for certain, Adam Kokesh and those like him are not going away. To the contrary, their numbers are growing. More and more people are losing faith in the system. Congress and the Fourth Estate must act now. They are the last hope this side of bloodshed.

But wait! That’s not what Adam Kokesh would say. He might phrase it like this, “To hell with Congress and the Fourth Estate! They aren’t the antidote; they’re the problem! The people, standing shoulder to shoulder, exercising freedom born of natural law, that is our greatest hope.”

And maybe he’s right. Time will tell. But one thing’s for sure. I respect him, lunatic or visionary, and he has my attention. I’ve heard it said, “In a world gone mad, the sane look crazy, and the lunatic looks sane.”

I will be praying for Adam Kokesh, for his safety, that God will guide him.

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Skip Coryell lives with his wife and children in Michigan. Skip Coryell is the author of nine books including  Blood in the Streets: Concealed Carry and the OK Corral; RKBA: Defending the Right to Keep and Bear Arms; The God Virus, and We Hold These Truths. He is the founder of The Second Amendment March and the President of White Feather Press. He is an avid hunter and sportsman, a Marine Corps veteran, and co-host of the syndicated radio show Frontlines of Freedom. Skip also hosts the weekly podcast The Home Defense Show, which can be heard 24/7 at www.americaswebradio.com/home-defense. For more details on Skip Coryell, or to contact him personally, go to his website at skipcoryell.com