There’s this guy who is organizing an armed march around the Capitol and White House. His name is Adam Kokesh. He’s been described as an “ego maniac.”
But Kokesh’s personality aside, is this a good move? From a media/attention-grabbing standpoint, it has proven effective. Case in point: here I am writing about it.
From an organizing standpoint, however, it’s most likely a huge mistake, since the best-case scenario appears to be a shootout with DC police, which wouldn’t even count as a Pyrrhic victory even if such a shootout were “won” by the protesters. When your goal for success is also a failure (and a needlessly bloody one at that), then you might want to rethink your strategy.
From the standpoint of rah-rah partisan bravado bolstering, this stunt is probably a wash. It spurs a certain demographic to show support or even to take action, but at the same time it turns an even larger demographic more against the cause than they already were, while also souring fence sitters.
And in this case the cause itself remains unclear; people really using armed resistance against a tyrannical government usually don’t walk, shoulder to shoulder, right up to its gates, let alone announce they’re going to do so on Facebook.
So I guess we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out. Obviously my initial reaction is that it’s ultimately a waste of time.