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.