Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Oath Keepers

Back on February 3rd of this year I wrote a post entitled 'The Constitution'. In it I specifically said the following:

"I got to thinking about our current predicament and the potential unrest that could result from it. Articles like this, US Military Preparing for Domestic Disturbances detailing military preparations for unrest got me to thinking as it should everyone.I hope the military members realize the significance of the oath of enlistment they took upon entering military service which reads as follows;

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."

I then went on to say:

"I understand the military must take orders from the President which is defacto the constitution as we all know his oath is to the Constitution first and foremost, but it is clear their allegiance is to the Constitution, which is the people and the flag.

What I most certainly do know is that they have no allegiance protecting the current crew of lying, bribe taking, thieves, thugs, tax cheats, and scum that wander the Halls of the House, the Senate and the Cabinet.

I truly hope the families who have brave sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, bothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, and grandchildren serving realize where their duties and loyalties lie and make sure they remind them in case they have forgotten."

I bring all this up because I came across a piece out of the Las Vegas Review-Journal entitled Oath Keepers pledges to prevent dictatorship in the United States. The article describes the group called Oath Keepers as:

"Launched in March by Las Vegan Stewart Rhodes, Oath Keepers bills itself as a nonpartisan group of current and retired law enforcement and military personnel who vow to fulfill their oaths to the Constitution."

Please note this is not some group of crystal meth hippies but rather ex-law enforcement and military personnel. You may be thinking that either way these guys are loonie. Well, you are entitled to you opinion, but I am sure there where many who saw what was coming from men like Mao, like Hitler, like Stalin, like Pol Pot. Men like Marshall Tito, like Idi Amin, like Fidel Castro... (shall I go on?) and were called tin foil hat conspiracy loons as well.

According to the group's founder Stewart Rhodes,

"Oath Keepers is not preaching violence or government overthrow, Rhodes said. On the contrary, it is asking police and the military to lay down their arms in response to unlawful orders.

Please note carefully that last line. They are asking police and military to lay down their arms in response to unlawful orders. I care not whether you are democrat or republican as their policies only differ as to who is cashing the cheques and arbitraging their influence and none of it benefits you and me, it only benefits them.

I can hear you already. Crazy am I? Well if I'm 'so off the reservation' how do we have what we have in this country today.

Banks who should be BK doubling down at the casino with taxpayer money (re:Goldman Sachs).

Car dealerships closed arbitrarily.
Explain to me how viable businesses in this country can be closed (auto dealerships) arbitrarily. Without rhyme or reason, unless of course your name might be Mack McClarty and you might be uber-connected to the current czar, but again I digress. You say you don't care. Well, you most surely will when your hot dog stand, your bakery, your hair salon is targeting for closing by decree!

Remember that Chrysler dealer in Florida who simply asked what the rationale was for his dealership being closed. He didn't ask for a bailout. He didn't ask for welfare. What he did ask for was that someone provide him with the metrics (which is a synonym for facts) by which his dealership was slated for closure. As far as I am aware he has not received any answer.

Remember the GM unsecured bondholders being leapfrogged by the politically connected unions in the debt hierarchy. Shock and Awe all Right!

This type of shit is not supposed to happen here. We're supposed to read about this in Honduras or Venezuela. Not the United States of America.

So where does this leave us. Well to start, as the saying goes, when men lose everything they start to lose it! Dennis Gartman used to say, most often regarding unrest in 3rd world nations, that men who have homes and jobs don't usually pick up assault rifles. I am quoting Dennis from memory but it might behove us to think of the flip side of his comments.

You can be most assured that politicians NEVER do what is right, they only will do what will get them re-elected and keep them in the swill that is the public trough and that which they have become accustomed to and feel entitled to. Further they will do what they need to preserve and protect their station in society, at your expense if need be, history bears this out repeatedly, and as Santayana said aptly "those that don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it".

So to the many out there who have family members serving, be it in the armed forces, national guard, or local law enforcement, I ask you this:

Please remind them to re-read the Constitution.
Please remind them to repeat their oath of enlistment.
Please remind them where their loyalties lay.
Please ask them to read the article on the Oath Keepers.

For as Thomas Jefferson once said;

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people; there is liberty. "

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ben said...

MediaCurves.com conducted a study among 300 viewers of a news clip featuring the Oath Keepers organization. Results found that majority of viewers (53%) felt that armed militia groups should be outlawed in the United States. The percentage of viewers that support the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which protects the right to keep and bear arms, declined from 80% to 73% after viewing the video. In addition, more than one-third of the viewers (37%) reported that the existence of the Oath Keepers organization causes them to feel less safe.

Harleydog said...

Ben thx for reading.

I wonder who enforces adherence to the constitution, which is mandated by law, if the people don't?

Don't know media curves but I wonder is their sample group has ever read the constitution?

Harry, Hank, George and Sue hang out together and all have guns. Are they now a milia?

And yes of course, after seeing the video we should be disarmed,like Hitler did to the masses.

As for milias making us feel less safe, I feel less safe when officials, elected and otherwise, contravene the constitution, and use exogenous circumstances to do as they please.

Oath Keepers sounds like a group who has not only read the constitution, but want it obeyed and are urging all others to lay down their arms in the face of orders contravening it.

Just my 2 cents, thx for your note.

ben said...

Thanks for the response HD. I cannot attest to the percent of the panel that have read the constitution word for word but do know that it is made of Americans matched to the demographics and characteristics of the U.S. population. Assuming this, our panelists should know about as much about the consitution as the average American does. You bring up very interesting points to consider, thanks for your feedback.