What the Oath Keepers Are and What They Aren’t

The Oath Keepers and their mission have been misunderstood for as long as they have been around. Even Oath Keepers themselves often times are confused as to what Oath Keepers are and more importantly what they aren’t. The group itself is about as important as any that exists in our nation today, but the scope of what Oath Keepers are intended for is very specific and if the people misunderstand that scope, it makes the mission that much more difficult.

THE OATH KEEPERS MISSION by The Old Man (Pennsylvania Communications Coordinator)
As a reminder, the Oath Keepers mission is to encourage soldiers and cops to “stand down” rather than impose unconstitutional, perhaps deadly, force on U.S. citizens, under the rubric “Honor Your Oath” and stated explicitly in “The Declaration of Orders We Will Not Obey“.

It should be mentioned the only Oath Keepers capable of “honoring your oath” are those that swore an oath in the first instance. This means veterans, firemen, cops, politicians, certain civil service employees and other ad hoc groups such as various volunteers (at Patriots Day celebrations) or members of fraternal organizations (whose oaths often include language similar to the Commissioned Officer’s oath).

Only “current serving” Americans can be ordered to do anything, so as a matter of logic and practicality, the Oath Keepers mission is intended for “current serving”.

“Not current serving” from the beginning were supposed to prepare a welcome home and support group for those “current serving” who would need encouragement and backup if they were, as a practical matter, going to disobey orders and face employment termination or perhaps jail time.

Auxiliary functions came to include the “CPT” concept that would leverage “Not current serving” expertise in helping organize localities to fend for themselves in a disaster or emergency scenario, giving them the freedom to say “Thanks but no thanks” to any government agencies whose “Help” would come with toxic strings attached — such as relocation or gun confiscation etc.

To further drive home the point, here are the Oath Keepers’ bylaws regarding restrictions on the action of our members.

Section 8.02. Restrictions on Membership:

(a) No person who advocates, or has been or is a member, or associated with, any organization, formal or informal, that advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States or the violation of the Constitution thereof, shall be entitled to be a member or associate member.

(b) No person who advocates, or has been or is a member, or associated with, any organization, formal or informal, that advocates discrimination, violence, or hatred toward any person based upon their race, nationality, creed, or color, shall be entitled to be a member or associate member.

Section 8.04. Code of Conduct. All members must understand that their actions not only reflect on Oath Keepers but on the entire military, law enforcement, fire fighters and first responder, former and current, community. We strive to maintain a positive image within our communities and states. All members are fully and solely accountable for their actions while members of Oath Keepers. All Oath Keepers Members and Associates shall possess and maintain high moral and ethical standards and uncompromised integrity for continued membership in Oath Keepers. All members are to conduct themselves in a courteous and lawful manner at all times. Members are expressly prohibited from fraternizing with known criminals, known or suspected criminal organizations and their members, associates or affiliates. Oath Keepers and its members are responsible to maintain the integrity and honor of this organization. Oath Keepers shall have a zero tolerance policy for actions that bring disrespect, dishonor or disrepute on Oath Keepers or the military, law enforcement, fire fighters and first responder community.

Section 8.05. Our Mission. Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently serving military, reserves, National Guard, veterans, Peace Officers, and Fire Fighters who will fulfill the Oath we swore, with the support of like-minded citizens who take an Oath to stand with us, to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God. Our Oath is to the Constitution.

In short, the Oath Keepers’ mission is to teach and to inspire others to keep their oaths. It has never been intended to be used as a fighting force (no matter what the SPLC and the mainstream media would like for you to think). The Oath Keepers are not a paramilitary organization nor are they a private militia. The goals are outlined and clear cut. That being said, many of Oath Keepers members are in fact members of their state militias, but many of them are also members of the NRA, the VFW, and their kid’s school’s PTA.

The Progressive Agenda: A War on the Individual

It seems obvious that the struggle between liberty and tyranny stems from a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the right of the individual to be an individual. On one side you have a group of people who believe that it is government’s responsibility to tell us how we should live, how we should raise our children and how we should spend the money that we earn. While on the other side we have people who believe that the ultimate goal of government is to protect the rights granted to us by our creator. The truth is, progressives believe that the average American is too stupid to take care of themselves or their families. They mock Americans as being uninformed and incapable of making even the simplest decision. They honestly believe that America would be better off if the government dictated literally every part of our lives from how we raise our children, to how we spend our money, to what we eat, and even how we think. The silly part is that they all believe this is actually freedom. They believe that it is the freedom from danger and the freedom from making choices. In fact it is simply the freedom from being an individual.

All you have to do is look at laws and regulations passed by progressives and their “conservative” counterparts to understand what their ultimate goal is. Look at laws passed such as the size of drinks that we can order or the “common core” education requirements.  Just look at the attacks on our privacy and the fight to take away our right to bear arms. All of these laws and regulations have been enacted to protect us from ourselves. These legislators and their supporters create laws not to make us more free or to protect the rights granted to us by God but to legislate behavior. Instead of giving us the ability to make our own decisions, they believe it is the right of the government to make those decisions for us. If there is a better example of tyranny, I have not seen it. The only thing that differentiates this style of government from other despotic regimes is that they haven’t started killing us yet. Notice that I use the word YET.

No matter how the left would like to deny it, progressivism is socialism in every respect but name. They believe that there should be wealth redistribution, a common way of raising our children and a complete dependency on our government. Instead of government officials that represent the people they want our representatives to take care of the people. Progressives see an individual as something that is dangerous and needs to be controlled. Is there any wonder why our government, with the progressives leading the charge, have created so many methods of monitoring the citizens of this country? From increasing the power of the NSA to the NDAA, progressives in the far left have implemented and empowered the tools to crush individualism.

In short, the destruction of the Bill of Rights has been planned in order to push the progressive agenda. There is no bigger danger to this republic than a progressive led government. The fact that conservatives and progressives align in so many ways when it comes to individual liberty shows you how far progressivism has permeated our government and our culture. Even so called conservatives believe that government’s ultimate role is to take care of us. The nanny state is nothing more then a tyrannical socialist government with a police state thrown in for flavor. Unless we do something, this will be the reality that our children and our children’s children will be living in.

Who Really Holds the Power in the U.S.

I was reading an article on Mother Jones which discussed the history of mass shootings since the 1980′s. It ended up being the same old left-leaning drivel, but I saw an interesting comment that made me want to write this article.

The comment said that wanting to ban assault rifles was not un-American and a realization dawned on me; Pro-gun control people are completely disconnected from reality. Giving away the tools for resistance is about as un-American as it gets, but then another realization dawned on me. The left loves to bolster and they love to condemn, but none of them are willing to fight for anything. If the shit hits the proverbial fan, none of them would be willing to stand up and do, well, anything more than complain (and most likely die).

I think that a big difference between patriots and progressives, aside from the obvious, is that one side is willing to fight for what they think is right, while the other is only willing to complain about what they consider to be injustice. One side demands having the implements to resist tyranny and the other wants to give those tools away. It’s really interesting to think about what would happen if even a quarter of the citizens who own an “assault-style weapon” would decide that they had had enough. It is already obvious that the standing military (currently shrinking) and the police wouldn’t even come close to being able to stop a mobilized and dedicated civilian insurgency. So if progressives and liberals don’t want guns and are frankly afraid of them, then there wouldn’t be anyone aside from a small impotent police force to resist a takeover. I am not advocating said revolution, but it is an interesting thought.

Another interesting thought is how certain people in this country don’t believe that war and violence is possible on our shores. They see it as a far off problem that only happens overseas. What they fail to think about is that our army and Marines constitutes less than 1/5 of 1 percent of our population. Even if you take in the Navy, the Air force, the Coast Guard, and every single reserve unit, those numbers only bring that percentage up to 0.7% of the population. The military wouldn’t even be able to secure every major American city let alone be able to put up a resistance against a sizable internal insurgency. A strong and modern force would roll through this country in a matter of months if there wasn’t a civilian population willing to stand up against them. The reason why the Japanese feared to invade the American homeland was because they knew they would be facing an armed civilian population. That is changing.

It is my sincere belief that if the American Civil War happened today the results would be drastically different. In those days there was a population of men who’d be willing to stand up and fight for their beliefs on both sides of the Mason Dixon Line. Today, courage and guts are monopolized buy those in the right, a great deal of which reside in the south. All you have to do is look at the political demographics of combat arms soldiers and Marines. Though my survey is not scientific, in my four years in a combat arms MOS and working with infantry soldiers and marines, tankers, aviators, artillery men, and scouts, I can count on both hands how many of them would consider themselves liberals. I will concede that the officer ranks might be closer to 66% conservative, but who does the actual fighting. The right controls almost every single man that would be willing to hold a rifle in a fight. Like I said, interesting.

Those of us who have lived through war understand that when everything is taken away and words mean nothing only those who are willing to fight for their families and their country have a voice at all. The weak are culled and the strong dictate what is right. The left might speak louder and might complain more, but they have no teeth. Without the resolve to fight and die for what they believe they are nothing but hot air. Patriots, on the other hand have the resolve to stand up for what they think is right and more importantly they have the implements to be able to do it. In a nation with over 114 million handguns, 110 million rifles, 86 million shotguns, and 4 million “assault rifles” in private circulation and with 1 in 4 Americans owning more than 4 firearms, tell me honestly, who do you think has the power?