Learn and obey the ideals of Citizen Responsibility to keep an eye out for injustice, learn the law and court procedure, become disposing to use the law to resolve inequities/illegalities, and to abide by constitutional laws.
Become politically active to ensure the election and appointment of intelligent, educated people who will conform government to those ideals.
Associate with friends and neighbors to make local communities strong, organized, armed and trained, and politically active, as individuals and as communities.
Stand firm as Citizens in demanding that Government respect the Rights of the People.
Remain forever, rigorously vigilant to discover rogues and gerps in government and excise their behavior or them by normal political and legal means if possible, practical, and not dangerous; and otherwise excise them by any expedient means.
In the final analysis, I want to say that if it looks, walks, quacks, and squirts like a duck, it IS a duck. Clever people in Government do what they can to impose order and discipline on a people without appearing to do so - in other words, without calling in the Military or National Guard. Why? Because war costs so dearly in terms of life, time, money, lost productivity, other lost opportunity, and possible loss of power. It generally takes a lot of abuse by government to rile a populace into open, widespread revolt.
Government operatives do their best to label as insane, rabid criminals any and all who rebel against authority, even abusive, unconstitutional authority. That alone functions as a kind of "martial law" in its effect of suppressing general rebellion. Because, after all, Government operates only by dint of physical force or the threat thereof.
And make no mistake -- unjust civil government can have every bit as unconstitutional, egregious, and wrongful a nature as does unjust martial law by a corrupt and criminal government enterprise just trying to preserve its power and save the skins of its oligarchs. Even a child would rightly question the likelihood of obtaining reliable justice from courts that form part of the very fabric of government that abuses people under color of law. Congress allocates half a billion dollars a year to pay secret cash awards to government employees who "do a good job." Only a fool would believe that never includes judges, juries, and prosecutors who work to convict and imprison Citizens wrongly.
The nuance of difference between a corrupt system of prosecutors / courts and corrupt / abusive military authority matters not a whit to the targets of the abuse. Power brokers have cut both classes of abusers from the whole cloth of corruption to make a garment of tyranny. And that justifies any form and means of rebellion the victims of such tyranny may choose...
... Provided, of course, the victims have not brewed their own witch's stew of "bubble bubble toil and trouble." They can do that by embracing and perpetuating patriot myths that make people want to rebel just for the hell of it. Or just so they can get out of engaging in gainful employment, paying taxes, mortgages, and credit card debts, becoming properly licensed under the law, or otherwise obeying practical and constitutional laws. Or refusing to engage in the political process early and rigorous enough to put honorable, knowledgeable, competent people in office.
This point shows why I have articulated the Citizen's Marching Orders above. They guide the Citizen in playing the proper role in an ordered, honest society. And that requires that Citizens heed their own duties to learn, use, and obey the law BEFORE complaining much about Government.
Have you done that? If not, get busy. That job belongs to you and everyone else who would hold Government accountable for wrongdoing. DO it. Get started NOW. Care for the telephone pole in your own eye before breaking your arm to point out the fleck of dust in your Government's eye.
While you go about that, take note of conditions around you near where you live. Has it become a danger zone? Or can you generally come and go as you please to conduct the affairs of your life? Do you see armed soldiers patrolling the streets? Or do you see Policemen or Sheriff Deputies making a traffic stop, controlling a domestic disturbance, or heading off criminals now and then? Can you gather for political activities, associate with friends, neighbors, and family, and communicate undisturbed? Or do government operatives routinely confront you and interfere with your lawful activities and peaceful communications?
If you don't see soldiers patrolling the streets or government agents hustling around to harass you and other Citizens, then you don't live under martial law. But if you see the earmarks of tyranny beginning in your community, you know martial law heads your way, and you must prepare and act to correct the conditions that led to it. Otherwise, you might have to make a painful choice to make about which side to support in a life-changing or epochal dispute.
In any case, if you want to enjoy your best fortune when a dispute comes, prepare NOW and heed the foregoing Citizen's Marching Orders .