The Time Has Come to ARM

Last week in St. Louis, an angry mob trespassed on the property of Mark and Patricia McCloskey and threatened harm to the couple. “I was a person scared for my life who was protecting my wife, my home, my hearth, my livelihood,” McCloskey told reporters, describing his state of mind as he brandished an AR-15 and Patricia brandished a handgun. Their actions kept the mob at bay and brought to light another chilling reality. 

Local prosecutor Kimberly Gardner faulted the McCloskeys for protecting their lives and property. Missouri State Representative Rasheen Aldridge, who organized the protest, claimed “We’re not doing anything where we’re hurting anyone or putting anyone in danger.” The McCloskeys, both attorneys, recognized the danger but no local, state, or national organization came to their aid. 

Democrat politicians have held the police and National Guard at bay as violent mobs loot, burn, and take over sections of major cities such as Seattle. No local, state, or national network came to the aid of these embattled Americans, who had done nothing wrong. Victims of mob violence could use such a network, and its foundation, the American Revolution, already took place. 

A network such as ARM, the American Revolution Movement for Self Defense, would preserve the revolution’s gains. That means bourgeois trifles such as the rights to life, liberty, and property; freedom of speech; and of course the right to keep and bear arms. These need restating, and ARM could clarify other realities that have escaped notice in all this excitement. 

No moral defect accrues to any human being because of factors they cannot control, such as age and skin shade. Likewise, no person automatically gains status or privilege for those reasons. ARM would welcome all who recognize those truths. 

On the organizational side, ARM would connect Americans seeking to defend themselves and their nation against those now inflicting violence and terror. For example, when anti-Semitic mobs show up to vandalize synagogues and attempt to inflict a Kristallnacht on Christian churches, pastors and rabbis could tap ARM to hold off the attack. In similar style, a St. Louis ARM chapter could reinforce Mark and Patricia McCloskey as they protect their lives and property. 

An ARM presence at political rallies would keep the sub-nihilists away. Call it a strategic defense initiative, a simple extension and reinforcement of what locals are already doing. Countless millions of Americans are on record that their great nation should endure and prosper. These Americans should be aware of their natural allies. 

As looting and arson spread across California, bikers from the Vagos and Molochs stationed themselves and their Harley Davidsons in front of stores in San Luis Obispo, where—surprise!—no looting, arson or violence took place. Meanwhile, the Hell’s Angels and Mongols caught wind of an Antifa move on Placerville, California. Sure enough, Antifa never showed up. No pasty-faced dance major from UC Davis is going to throw down with this crowd. Yes, the Angels and such can be rowdy, but these are patriots who love America. 

The biker movement began with World War II and Korean War veterans. In 1965, the Hell’s Angels broke through police lines to go after Berkeley “peace” protesters they regarded as “a mob of traitors.” Hell’s Angels founder Sonny Barger, a veteran, expressed “patriotic concern for what these people are doing to our great nation.” 

As sub-nihilist mobs now attempt to burn down the nation, patriotic bikers recognize the enemy and take action. The McCloskeys could have used them; but any reinforcements would have evened the odds against the mob and its powerful allies. 

Democrats are uncritical of the sub-nihilists, who function as their political sturmtruppen. The previous president, formerly known as Barry Soetoro, deployed the national security establishment against domestic “right-wing” extremists, people who believe in constitutional rights and limited government. Should that be doubted, check out “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” an April 2009 publication of the Department of Homeland Security, then run by Janet Napolitano.

The FBI under Christopher Wray remains in that camp, and not a single FBI official has been brought to justice for the coup attempt against President Trump. Back in the early 1990s, the FBI used military force—snipers, tanks, and armored vehicles—against Americans at Ruby Ridge and Waco. In 2020, with arson, looting, and murder afoot, and mobs taking over parts of major cities, the FBI for whatever reason has not deployed snipers, tanks, and armored vehicles to protect the victims. For its part, the U.S. military is already signaling neutrality and retreat. 

Democrats are already taking a knee and presidential loser Mitt Romney, instead of standing with victims of mob violence, is marching with Black Lives Matter, which even opposes the nuclear family. Maybe Romney could get a transplant of personal gear that Pennsylvania health boss Dr. Rachel Levine no longer needs. 

In the current conflict, as the McCloskeys and many others have discovered, embattled Americans are pretty much on their own. That needs to change, and contributions to the Heritage Foundation won’t get it done. Someone with the wherewithal needs to step up and stand with those already fighting back. They are already part of an American Revolution Movement, but they need a national network like ARM to connect them with allies. 

Violence is certain to surge as the November 3 election approaches. Whatever the result, an American Revolution Movement for Self-Defense could prove useful for years to come.

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About Lloyd Billingsley

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and other books including Bill of Writes and Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation. His journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Spectator (London) and many other publications. Billingsley serves as a policy fellow with the Independent Institute.

Photo: 14 September 2019, Berlin: A participant in the motorcycle demonstration of the Hells Angels between motorcycles at the Brandenburg Gate. Hundreds of rockers from all over Germany protested with a motorbike parade through Berlin against the ban of the badges of the Hells Angels. Photo: Paul Zinken/dpa (Photo by Paul Zinken/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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