April 17th, 2011


By Stewart Rhodes of Oath Keepers
And Brandon Smith of Alternative Market Project

the-seventh-seal-death-chessTo put it simply, America is nearing a checkmate scenario.  Like the final torrid maneuvers of a rigged chess match, we have been pressed, manipulated, and attacked into the last remaining corner of the “grand global chessboard” left to us; centralized control of all social and economic power into the hands of an unworthy elite.  If we continue playing the game by their rules, we will lose.  There is no doubt.  There have been many solutions presented to us in the past to combat this development, but nearly all of them function within the constraints of Federal politics.  Working within the system has earned us no quarter, and frankly, no results.  Our only recourse (and, frankly, the best recourse all along) is to STOP relying on the rules of their game, and to walk away from the chess board completely.

Globalization is essentially just another word for centralization, and the key to centralizing any system is to remove all options until the masses are completely and utterly dependent upon a single dominant paradigm.  Globalists have deceived many Americans into believing that centralization is a “natural” process – that their game is indeed the only one in town.  The widespread acceptance of the fiat monetary system is a perfect example of the average person’s unfortunate lack of economic flexibility.  Only recently, in the face of dollar devaluation and complete financial collapse have many finally begun to question the legitimacy of a single brittle and corrupt economic structure.  American politics are no different.

The elites have conned us into thinking that the only possible “solution” to where we are is federal elections, which only vote in new puppets for the puppet masters to manipulate in an illusory shell game.   We have been tricked into thinking we are free because we come together from time to time to select our rulers.

But of course, this country was not founded as a democracy, but as a Constitutional Republic, and in such a Republic as ours, liberty is not just about “kicking the bums out” every few years only to vote a new set of bums into Congress, as the globalists would have us think.  Federal elections are just one small part of it.  The Founders intended us to be active, sovereign citizens, in strong communities and strong, sovereign states, and that is about far, far more than merely voting.

But because the globalists – with the aid of complicit domestic counterparts – have been able to capture our education system, our media, our political system, and our legal system, they have succeeded in dumbing us down and duping us into thinking that all other mechanisms for constraining power have been removed from the table.  In fact, we have been convinced that all of the other fundamental institutions of our republic– aside from voting – are illegitimate, or even criminal.

The Founders gave us a dual sovereignty republic. That means states are as much sovereign within their sphere as the national government is within its sphere, with a  national government of limited, enumerated, and divided powers.  As our Tenth Amendment makes clear, “[t]he powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

In Federalist 45, James Madison (widely considered the ‘father of the Constitution”) promised the American people that:

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.

Clearly the design of the Founders’ has been turned on its head. With the aid of complicit judges – which Thomas Jefferson called a “corps of sappers and miners” – who willfully misinterpret the Commerce Clause to grant Congress the power to regulate literally anything, we now have a ruling class who will admit of no restraints on national power with a national government of nearly unlimited de facto powers, grown like a metastasizing cancer far beyond the bounds of anything foreseen by even the most skeptical of Anti-Federalists from the Founding era. All actual, physical and structural powers of any real meaning – legislative, military, legal, law enforcement, and economic – are consolidated in the hands of the federal government.   On top of this, they have grafted a hydra-like overlay of international law and international unelected agencies and untouchable international “officials” that are also being imposed up us by means of treaties, executive partnerships (such as the supposedly now defunct Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, now being revitalized by the Obama Administration ) and other constitutionally dubious mechanisms.

While we are distracted with elections, they are planning the destruction of the dollar, the collapse of our economy, the final destruction of our sovereignty, and the total absorption of our entire system into the vapid body of an unaccountable global government.

This is why we must stop playing by their “rules,” must get off of their artificial chess board, and instead play by the rules of our Constitution.   This means taking power into our own hands as individuals, communities, counties, and states.

To do this, Neithercorp Press, the Alternative Market Project, and Oath Keepers are working together to focus on concrete solutions that can be applied by the average American in their day-to-day lives, in both the private and public spheres.   In the limited time we have left, we urge Americans to focus on the following four key strategies (arranged in order of priority of needs):

  1. Food and fuel independence and security – and other essential infrastructure (general preparedness) – as individuals, within local veterans organization chapters, neighborhood mutual aid societies, churches, co-ops, farmers markets, and at the town, county and state levels).   In the aftermath of an economic collapse, food is the hardest necessity to improvise, and food scarcity is a serious achiles heel, exploited by oppressive regimes throughout history.   To get started on food storage and independence, follow the advice on http://www.providentliving.org/ (you don’t need to be LDS to learn from their experience in food storage and preparedness, or to use their canneries).  Likewise, we will need fuel, emergency medical, and resilient communication that can function in a grid-down crisis, devoid of internet communication (or with the internet shut down intentionally by means of a kill-switch).
  2. Physical security and Independence - again as individuals, neighborhoods, towns, counties and states, to include forming neighborhood watches, mutual aid associations, a volunteer sheriff’s posse (staffed by volunteers under direct command of the sheriff), and county militias established by county ordinances but staffed by self-supplied and self-funded volunteers (as is done in volunteer fire departments all over this nation), and ultimately, a true state militia capable of “repelling invasions” (using the research and model bills of Dr. Edwin Vieira).   Americans have plenty of guns, but not enough organization.  See www.operationsleepinggiant.org for details.
  3. Economic security and independence – as individuals and communities, including barter networks, use of silver and gold as real money, the development of valuable trade skills, and sound money bills at the county and state levels (as Utah just passed  into law).  The localization of community commerce is the only sure way to counter globalization.  The more independent and insulated cities and states are from the corrupt and dysfunctional mainstream economy, the more safe and secure they will find themselves when that economy implodes. We must have an alternative to the fiat money system in place to preempt such an event.  See www.alt-market.com for details.
  4. State sovereignty and nullification of unconstitutional federal laws and actions.  Veterans must support only sheriffs, state legislators and governors who have the guts and integrity to keep their oaths.  To vote for an oath breaker, is to become an oath breaker.   We must defend the powers reserved to the states and to the people by supporting state sovereignty resolutions and nullification of unconstitutional laws.  See http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/.  And eventually we must kick the bums out, as GOOOH recommends.  See http://goooh.com/

We will soon be publishing an upcoming series of articles that will provide in-depth details on each of the above four key pillars of action.  While we should not turn our backs on the tactics of educating the public, supporting constitutional legislation, voting for honest and principled representatives, or nullifying unconstitutional laws (we should certainly make full use of the soap box, the ballot box, and the jury box) it is now time to dedicate ourselves to much more.  The very future of our country, our liberties, and the prosperity of the next generation depends upon this.

For the Republic,

Stewart Rhodes and Brandon Smith

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    donald rutledge, sgt Says:

    thanks for the honor of hosting the both of you at my home, it is an honor, both of you are welcomed back at any time, and thank you for the friendship, with respect brother don

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    Paul Bozardt Says:

    Hi,Thank you for truth,its about time “?” i do not belong to any branch of law,etc. can i still join and help? thanks saw you on infowars.com keep it up!!!!!!

  3. 3
    Elias Alias Says:

    @ 2 Paul Bozardt April 18th, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Hey Paul Bozardt, Oath Keepers has many members who were not ever in the military or law enforcement or in fire-fighting. We call those members “Associate Members”, and we not only welcome them – we need and want them. Our brave soldiers and peace officers who are awake and alert and who will stand for the Constitution while serving on active duty need to know that the American people will back them up any time the soldier or cop or fireman are given unlawful, un-Constitutional orders against the American people. Your role as a citizen, like many millions of Americans, is to help Oath Keepers by joining and by spreading the word about us.

    Thank you for bringing that question to the fore here. Thank you for wanting to help in the Oath Keepers mission. Welcome aboard, Patriot!

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    Stewart Rhodes Says:


    Thanks so much for your hospitality! It was great to share laughs and beers with such a dedicated patriot.


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    GardenSERF Says:

    Before the checkmate comes the getting cornered in Delatang’s Triangle.

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    Remember the Alamo Says:

    “GLOBALIST” & “FREE TRAITOR” (Sorry I misspelled “free trader.”) are some of my favorite words.

    You get free trade, global banking, foreign intervention, and then you get world government. Everything is working out very well for the oligarchs who rule us. Even though it is debatable what is most effective in bringing about global government the free traders certainly have done their part.

    I will go with all of the Presidents on Mount Rushmore who believed in, and instituted, TARIFFS. George Washington, a “signer” of the U.S. Constitution, didn’t hesitate to impose tariffs.

    But the free traders have their think(?) tanks, like the “conservative” Cato Institute, that are not bothered by the results of their free trade religion/ideology. You definitely don’t want to disagree with their religious ideology like one individual did at one of their meetings. This individual who is well known as an advocate of tariffs, was invited, and agreed to speak to them
    on one condition, free trade would be off the table. Unfortunately some Cato Institute members could not resist the subject and a heated exchange took place over the religion of free trade.

    Unfortunately the chips are stacked in favor of free trade. You are going against “free”, lower costs to the consumer, lower inflation, more corporate profits, and the globalist oligarchy, all of which is a combination almost impossible to beat.

    To the American economy, not a global economy,
    To those Oath Keepers who support an American economy with their money,

    P.S.: The destructiveness of free trade to the United StateS of America is too obvious to recite.

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    donald rutledge, sgt Says:


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    oathkeeper Says:

    GardenSERF Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 2:00 pm edit

    “Before the checkmate comes the getting cornered in Delatang’s Triangle.”

    Yes, indeed. And that is exactly what is being done to us – the removal of options, the confining of choices. Which is why we need to step outside their artificial rules, which tell us, falsely, that we cannot use the institutions and methods designed right into our own Constitution, and which even preceded it.

    Our goal is to restore and revitalize those institutions and thus regain those options and methods of redress, resistance, and self-sufficiency and independence so we can say “no” and mean it when the time comes. And, just as importantly, so more of our fellow Americans will also say no. We seek a tipping point where enough throughout the population (including within the military, but also throughout our society) are both awake and prepared to “just say no” and decouple from the crashing fiat system, while rejecting the spider-web trap woven for us as the supposed “solution” to our ills. I don’t know if we will be successful in reaching that tipping point. But I see it as necessary to make the effort so we are in as strong a posture as is possible when it happens.


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    sofa Says:

    Can you explain how training people to ’stand down’ is defending the Constitution?
    Training folks to ’stand down’ is what evil needs to advance it’s course. Men STAND UP, and denounce those who would ’stand down’.

    If/when watching a rape, anyone ’standing-down’ is complicit, and is aiding and abetting evil. Defending is frequently action. Training people to inaction serves evil.

    The oath is to defend, to STAND UP and defend against domestic enemies who are aiding and abetting attacks against the Constitution.

    The question goes asked, again– Why are you training to ’stand down’ and enable the rape of our Constitution?

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    Ted Daniels Says:

    I am a British citizen liiving in what was the greatest country in the world. I lived thru the 60s and 70s in the UK when it was on the verge of collapse; we had east German “STASI” sleeper spies in the Prime Ministers cabinet, out of control unions, Russian spies of long standing in many positions of public trust and a near but aborted military coup. You are all aware that what saved us was Mrs Thatcher. She has been long gone and now we are back with a whole slew of uncontrolled immigration related problems.

    The point here is Mrs Thatcher rose up through the system existing at the time and was not the result or product of a special group or alternative political entity. You all have to find the right leader who has come up through the existing system otherwise the public won’t trust that person and there will be countless competitors that will be confusing to many voters.

    On another but related issue, the situation today is the result of a century of deception foisted upon the American people by the Federal Reserve and I would urge all viewers to read the “Creature from Jeckyll Island” to gain a full understanding of the right wing corruption that has pushed the USA to the brink of insolvency. Yes, govt employee and teachers unions have contributed and are easy tagets because they are loud, obnoxious and visible, but the far greater danger has been the Federal Reserve which is not a Federal entity at all, but a private company that manoeuvres secretly and quietly and never has “rent-a-crowds”, never goes on TV to state its objectives and deliberately misled Congress at its inception.

    The US has many enemies out there, ranging from Russia and China, to al Quaeda, Muslim Extremists, and corrupt politicians at home. The common objectives of all these groups is power, and the US stands in their way. US military spending is greater than the combined military spending of all other countries in the world added together, so it has the power, if applied correctly, to do what it wants and stop any of these other groups of enemies. I can assure you that the enemies have now made the correct decision that the US cannot be defeated militarily, but only by destruction from within. Hence the tactics described by Sal Alinsky in “Rules for Radicals” and by Cloward and Piven in their writings have been adopted by the Russian sponsored left wing, including particularly the SEIU and other Unions. The Chinese want control of SE Asia to get food – they have been given many US military and nuclear secrets by Chinese sponsored/funded politicians (who used pre-paid credit cards by the millions to fund election campaigns?) at home to help them speed up their military and nuclear technology to the point that they will shortly be able to challenge the US in that area – then its goodbye to US influence over the whole of the Australasia region. Al Quaeda and the Muslim Extremists, with backing from good old Russia, want control of the Middle East oil so they can cripple the US and west European economies (Russia already controls the whole gas market in western Europe, also who do you think sponsored your current President whan he was doing his radical thing in Pakistan and Afghanistan way back when – the Saudi’s of course!). Russia is the biggest short term enemy as it is behind most of the internal strife we see today and is backing anyone who will deprive the US of oil. The Federal Reserve is the most dangerous enemy from within as it has concealed its position and objectives so carefully. They have weakened the US economy to the point that these other enemies can now smell blood. I am not saying the Federal Reserve is out todestroy the US, they are just out to benefit the US and Foreign banks no matter what the damage is to the US.

    Now to the point behind this long posting – all this can only happen with a centralized US government that has too much control. None of it would be possible with financial control decentralized to the various states as the enemies would have to bribe, oops I meant lobby, 50 (well 57 if Obama’s count of the number of states is correct) politicians instead of one. If the Fed had no financial clout, no one would even bother with it, but as it is, the Fed controls the purse strings and is an easy mark because it is a corrupt entity, both Repubs and Dems, and being corrupt, it wants more power so the bribes the politicians exact can be larger. My contention is the only way out of the current mess is to remove/dissolve the Federal Reserve and devolve full financial control of the union back to the constituent states.

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