Posted 10 years ago on Dec. 18, 2011, 2:46 p.m. EST by RedJazz43
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Many jobs, especially government jobs, require you to sign an oath that you are opposed to the overthrow of the American government by force or violence. What, exactly, constitutes force and violence? I am not speaking here of its more obvious manifestations, but rather looking at it as a continuum and asking where it begins. For example, in the 1950s American Communists were imprisoned essentially for little more than having copies of the Communist Manifesto in their library. They presented considerable and credible evidence that the CP did not advocate the forceable overthrow of the US government, though apparently not credible enough to convince a judge.
It is inconceivable to me to have a genuine revolution unless some sector of those elements in society that have a legal monopoly on violence coming over and actually joining the movement, which is to say police forces (and not just individual police officers) or elements of the military. With that in mind OWSers have frequently raised chants to the police of "Join Us!" Does or does not such a demand, meant seriously, constitute an effort to overthrow the Constitution by force or violence? I want to make it clear that I am for the demand. I just want to know where people think it fits with reference to American jurisprudence.