Mission and Formation in the Community
– Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, passed by the Second Continental Congress on July 2, 1776.
“ We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.— That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
What is the Natural Law Militia?
The Natural Law Militia is composed of members of the community organized to repel threats to the Natural Rights of the People, wherever those threats come from. If the Rights of the People are attacked, they’re there to defend them; it is their sole purpose as a body and when the threat is neutralized, the members will all return to their lives in peace.
All able-bodied inhabitants of the community, regardless of sex, are members of the Natural Law Militia. While everyone may be members, that doesn’t mean that thousands will turn out for muster or actually sign-up to serve in units. Being a completely volunteer force purely for the defense of the community’s natural rights, there is no compulsory method of recruitment either necessary or desired; being a member is a choice.
The sole mission of the Natural Law Militia is to defend the natural rights of the People in the community from all threats, internal and external. They’re the necessary extension of the individual natural right of self-defense when a threat is greater than a single individual can repel.
In the event the threat is greater than a community can repel, it is incumbent upon neighboring communities to rally and repel the threat as it is a threat to everyone; therefore a system enabling cooperation between communities, establishing a viable chain of command is necessary and proper… again, for the sole purpose of securing the natural rights of all from harm.
An attack on the rights of the People is defined as any action that causes harm to another, either physical, judicial, or legislative by anyone, or anything in society or nature. The Militia must spring into action at any time the people are harmed and the threat is greater than one man can repel, such as a flood, earthquake, or attack from any force domestic or foreign. A Natural Right is any human activity that does not harm another in their life, property, or reputation.
The duty to use defensive, not offensive force.
Every member of the Natural Law Militia is morally culpable for every action performed, either under orders or not. It is the duty of every member to prevent unwarranted harm from occurring to anyone else; only defensive action is to ever be sanctioned, consistent with Natural Law.
No officer has the power or the right to order you to do anything you don’t have the right to do yourself; harming another human being unjustly is not a right under any circumstance. Once someone initiates harm against another, they become subject to the defensive actions of the one harmed and if that action was taken against a community, the Militia must be deployed to repel it with all the force necessary to render the attackers incapable of causing harm.
In the event that harm is initiated against the Natural Rights of the People, either judicially, legislatively, or militarily by law enforcement or the military, the militia has the duty to assemble, arm, and repel the attack by any and all means necessary; once harm against the natural rights of the People has been initiated, those responsible along with the forces carrying out their orders must be opposed with all the force the militia and the support of the community can muster.
I believe structure of command should mirror that of the Army of the United States since it is a time tested and efficient structure that is battle proven. At first though, there will be few command officers, as reliance on battle tested non-commissioned officers, such as sergeants and commanders at the local level, conducting guerrilla operations.
The Militia should elect officers from among their ranks, and no active government official in any office is eligible to serve in the Militia. The Militia must provide their own arms and implements of war and be proficient in their use. The community at large should provide logistical support for the Militia both before and during times of conflict, such as ammunition, medical supplies and services, as well as other needs of the Militia that may arise in defense of their Natural Rights.