Saturday, March 27, 2010

Required reading for Democrats: "Oath Keepers and the Age of Treason"

The current issue of Mother Jones magazine has an important expose of the Right's systematic attempts to infiltrate and subvert the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies.
THE .50 CALIBER Bushmaster bolt action rifle is a serious weapon. The model that Pvt. 1st Class Lee Pray is saving up for has a 2,500-yard range and comes with a Mark IV scope and an easy-load magazine. When the 25-year-old drove me to a mall in Watertown, New York, near the Fort Drum Army base, he brought me to see it in its glass case—he visits it periodically, like a kid coveting something at the toy store. It'll take plenty of military paychecks to cover the $5,600 price tag, but he considers the Bushmaster essential in his preparations to take on the US government when it declares martial law.

His belief that that day is imminent has led Pray to a group called Oath Keepers, one of the fastest-growing "patriot" organizations on the right. Founded last April by Yale-educated lawyer and ex-Ron Paul aide Stewart Rhodes, the group has established itself as a hub in the sprawling anti-Obama movement that includes Tea Partiers, Birthers, and 912ers. Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, and Pat Buchanan have all sung its praises, and in December, a grassroots summit it helped organize drew such prominent guests as representatives Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun, both Georgia Republicans.
The vandalism and "white powder" attacks on Democratic legislators we saw this week are just the tip of the iceberg. There are elements within the right wing preparing an armed takeover of the United States.

2 comments:

JTylerBallance said...

I read this article with the benefit of having served for a few decades with our military.

The concept of Oath Keepers is positive and should be applauded by all citizens. Instead of the premise that military personnel will, "...do anything you are told..." the same behavior that got the Germans in trouble with Hitler, these soldiers are proclaiming their support for our Constitution and are merely re-affirming their pledge to support and uphold the Constitution.

Many non-military citizens may not be aware that with every enlistment and re-enlistment, or promotion, our military personnel recite an oath that says that they will, "...support and defend the Constitution of the United States..."

This is a good thing. We want our military personnel to keep focused on the idea that they do not have to follow illegal orders, and that if they do, then they will be held accountable, along with whoever gave the bogus order.

The two guys in the Mother Jones story were on the disabled list and were not going to have a career in our military. Based on what they told the reporter, neither seemed to be what anyone would describe as our typical soldier. These two seemed to be eager to "play" soldier, since they were not physically able to be on regular duty; both were on their way out with medical discharges.

Lots of military and non-military citizens are eager to buy exotic firearms. Visit any rifle range and you can see all sorts of exotic weapons. In America, you need a special, Class III license to own automatic weapons, and few bother with that hassle, so they stick to buying single shot weapons.

The .50 cal weapons are notoriously inaccurate and expensive, so most will not waste money on them. However, the huge rifles are a very cool looking paper weight.

Oath Keepers is a positive movement that will help ensure that citizens can depend on our military members to only carry-out lawful orders, and thereby act as a bulwark against some personality cult or dictator, seizing control of our military and turning that power against us.

JTylerBallance said...

I read this article with the benefit of having served for a few decades with our military.

The concept of Oath Keepers is positive and should be applauded by all citizens. Instead of the premise that military personnel will, "...do anything you are told..." the same behavior that got the Germans in trouble with Hitler, these soldiers are proclaiming their support for our Constitution and are merely re-affirming their pledge to support and uphold the Constitution.

Many non-military citizens may not be aware that with every enlistment and re-enlistment, or promotion, our military personnel recite an oath that says that they will, "...support and defend the Constitution of the United States..."

This is a good thing. We want our military personnel to keep focused on the idea that they do not have to follow illegal orders, and that if they do, then they will be held accountable, along with whoever gave the bogus order.

The two guys in the Mother Jones story were on the disabled list and were not going to have a career in our military. Based on what they told the reporter, neither seemed to be what anyone would describe as our typical soldier. These two seemed to be eager to "play" soldier, since they were not physically able to be on regular duty; both were on their way out with medical discharges.

Lots of military and non-military citizens are eager to buy exotic firearms. Visit any rifle range and you can see all sorts of exotic weapons. In America, you need a special, Class III license to own automatic weapons, and few bother with that hassle, so they stick to buying single shot weapons.

The .50 cal weapons are notoriously inaccurate and expensive, so most will not waste money on them. However, the huge rifles are a very cool looking paper weight.

Oath Keepers is a positive movement that will help ensure that citizens can depend on our military members to only carry-out lawful orders, and thereby act as a bulwark against some personality cult or dictator, seizing control of our military and turning that power against us.