April 17th, 2011

Oath Keepers Operation Sleeping Giant: Awakening Veterans to Get off the U.S.S. Economic Titanic and Back Onboard the U.S.S. Constitution

By Stewart Rhodes
April 17th 2011

Where We Are:


Where We Should Be:

USS Constitution at dawn

“The USS Constitution is still sitting right there, off the stern! She’s still sea-worthy, able to weather any storm. We need to jump off of this weak, fiat imitation of a system we have been conned into sailing for nearly a hundred years, and get back onboard with our Constitution.”

op_SGU.S.S. Economic Titanic has already hit the economic ice-berg and is sinking. Arguing over who should be the next captain is not going to save us. Even if we replaced the entire leadership staff, by firing all of Congress, that also won’t save us. Those who have served in the infantry know the old saying “embrace the suck,” which means to accept reality and deal with it. Well, we need to accept the reality that an economic collapse is coming, embrace the suck, and deal with it. As Patrick Henry said, it is better to know the worst, and provide for it, than to delude ourselves with false hope.

Frankly, we should be glad it is coming on our watch, so that we can clean up the mess we have allowed to happen, rather than leaving it to our children and grand-children to fix. As Thomas Paine said, If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” Exactly. This is our watch, so let’s get it done so our children and grand-children may have peace and freedom.

So, knowing that the ship is sinking, what do we do? Do we sit on our butts and wail and cry about what’s coming, while waiting to hit the icy water? Do we jump into life-boats and wallow around, waiting to be rescued? That’s what the globalist power elites want us to do. When the Federal Reserve created fiat money system collapses, when the ship sinks, they will then “rescue us” by sweeping us all onboard the U.N.N. Global Leviathan – their “final solution” of a world-wide version of the “Fed” (out of the IMF) along with ‘world governance.” That has been their plan all along – con us into sailing an un-seaworthy fiat hulk, sail it into an iceberg, and then “rescue” us onto their massive prison ship. You think getting rid of the Federal Reserve is tough? Just wait till you are under a world “federal reserve.”

So what do we do? Well, the USS Constitution is still sitting right there, off the stern! She’s still sea-worthy, able to weather any storm. We need to jump off of this weak, fiat imitation of a system we have been conned into sailing for nearly a hundred years, and get back onboard with our Constitution. We have neglected her. The supposed leaders have forsaken her. But we, the crew – us oath-sworn veterans, and We the People – who are the real owners – can still sail her if we but realize she is still there, just waiting for us.

Let’s patch the sails, plug any leaks, man our battle stations and get Old Ironsides ready to give the U.N.N. Global Leviathan a long overdue royal ass kicking. And then let’s sail back into liberty waters onboard the Constitutional Republic built by the blood and sweat of our forefathers. That is the answer to the globalist’s plans. And that is exactly why Oath Keepers has launched Operation Sleeping Giant (www.operationsleepinggiant.org).

USS Constitution Knocking the Tar Out of HMS GuerriereUSS Constitution Knocking the Tar Out of HMS Guerriere

“Let’s patch the sails, plug any leaks, man our battle stations and get Old Ironsides ready to give the U.N.N. Global Leviathan a long overdue royal ass kicking.”

Certainly we are all in this together, whether or not we are veterans, but the veterans of this nation have a critical role to play. Each of us who served are still bound by our oaths to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and we must acknowledge that it has been because of our neglect of our duties, because of our negligence, that our nation has come to this.  So, we veterans have a duty to right this wrong. We have the training and leadership experience it will take to help lead our people in resisting the dark plans of the global elites and in getting back to liberty. Together, we can defeat them and restore our Republic.


I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto after attacking Pearl Harbor.*

America’s veterans truly are like a sleeping giant. It is time to awaken them and fill them with a terrible resolve to defeat the domestic enemies of our Constitution and their globalist fellow travelers.   If we wake the veterans up, this Republic will be saved. If we don’t, then I fear that this Republic will fall.   If we can’t get the veterans to step up and do what must be done to save our Republic, then how can we expect to get the rest of our people to do what must be done?

So, let’s WAKE THEM UP so they can help us wake up the whole country and so they can take the lead in restoring this Republic and resisting the plans of the enemy.

If we reach the veterans fast and “reactivate” them, with their leadership we can get our neighborhoods, towns, counties and states squared away so we won’t be weak and desperate when the fiat money system crashes. The stronger ‘We the People’ are within our states, the less pretext there will be for “martial law” during a crisis and the less likely the current serving military and police will be to go along with it.

The more wide awake and prepared the veterans are, the more they can lead their neighbors in weathering the storm without sacrificing liberty on the alter of temporary security.  Veterans can lead the people in standing up and defending the powers reserved to the states or to the people (see the 10th Amendment), resisting the liberty crushing plans of the political and financial elites who intend to use chaos as an excuse to scrap our Constitution and national sovereignty once and for all.

Time is short, and we must get the veterans to focus on:

  1. Food, fuel, emergency medical, and communications security and independence (and 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.   As a start, 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 canning facilities).  Grow gardens.  Support your local farmers.  Fight any regulation that would limit your ability to grow your own food.  Why is food first?  Because it is the hardest to improvise, and it is a great weakness of modern man, who, with few exceptions, no longer stores up for bad times.   Ditto for fuel and medical supplies.  And when it comes to communications, we must have in place an alternative system, such as HAM Radio, so if/when the internet comes down (or is taken down) we can still communicate (for example, if each VFW Hall had a HAM Radio, that would provide a state-wide network).
  2. Physical security and Independence – again as individuals, neighborhoods, veterans organization chapters, towns, counties and states, to include forming neighborhood watches; mutual aid associations; a volunteer sheriff’s posse (staffed by self-supplied volunteers but 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); state defense forces under command of the governor; and ultimately, a true state militia, established by state statute, capable of “repelling invasions” (using the research and model bills of Dr. Edwin Vieira).   As for training, a great first step for the newbie or for those who are rusty would be to attend the Project Appleseed rifle instruction program, offered for a pittance in every state by traveling volunteer instructors.  See www.appleseedinfo.org for details.
  3. Economic security and independence – as individuals and communities, including barter networks, use of silver and gold as real money, and sound money bills at the county and state levels (as Utah just passed).   This would also include each of us having a “liberty trade” – something you can do even in a very localized, back-to-basics economy, and we must support and build resilient local economies that can weather hard times.  We must have an alternative to the fiat money system in place when it collapses, so we can resist what the globalists have in store for us next.  See www.alt-market.com for details.
  4. State sovereignty and nullification of unconstitutional federal laws and actions.  Veterans must support only sheriffs, local and state legislators, and governors who have the knowledge, courage, and integrity to keep their oaths.  To vote for an oath breaker, is to become an oath breaker.   We must enforce the bounds of the Constitution and defend the powers reserved to the states and to the people (see the Tenth Amendment) by supporting state sovereignty resolutions and nullification of unconstitutional laws.  See http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/.  Likewise, we must defend the inherit power of the jury to judge the law as well as the facts and to acquit even in the face of the law (jury nullification).  See www.fija.org.  And eventually we must kick the bums out of DC and replace them with citizen legislators, as GOOOH recommends.  See http://goooh.com/

Go to www.operationsleepinggiant.org to learn more about what we have planned and to read upcoming articles that will provide details on each of the above.  Certainly, there are other critical actions that all of us should be taking to both stop abuse of our rights and to restore our Republic, but the above four areas of focus are absolutely essential if we are to resist the plans of the globalist elites.   These are necessary.  We must be strong in these four areas when the crash comes.

What we do now, in whatever time we have left, will be critical.   We must focus on solutions, not just diagnoses of the problems.   And the solution is to restore our Republic from the bottom up, strengthening our communities at the neighborhood, town, county and state levels as we go.   None of us has a crystal ball.  We don’t know exactly at what point the collapse will come.  But when it comes we will certainly be in a stronger position than we are now, if we start from the bottom up, rather than putting all of our focus on Washington DC, as people tend to do.

Maybe we will only have time to get our neighborhoods ready.  Maybe we will be fortunate enough to be squared away at the county level when the collapse comes.  Or maybe we will be fortunate enough to have time to get it done all the way up to the state level.   Certainly, we can work on all levels at the same time, but it is best to focus most of our energy on ourselves and our local communities, and work our way up from there.  And we can do it in both the private and public sphere.   We shouldn’t put all our eggs in any one basket.  Let’s build up public institutions, but also while doing so, let’s take private action as individuals, family, friends, and neighbors.

Once again, we should be doing all of the above anyway, because that’s what it means to be a free people in free, sovereign states, in a constitutional republic, but it is especially crucial as we face the prospects of a coming economic collapse.  Time is short, so please help us spread the message to all veterans and all Americans, and turn the tide.

Throughout our history, all of our enemies have misjudged the strength and resolve of the American people.  The British Officer Corps were convinced that Americans were cowards who would not dare to fire on the Kings troops, only to have their asses handed to them by a swarm of ticked off American veterans while retreating back to Boston from Lexington and Concord.  Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan also misjudged our resolve, confusing our love of prosperity and peace with weakness, only to awaken a sleeping giant that kicked them in the teeth.  Our enemies have always misjudged us as being too soft, too decadent, too disorganized and weak to put up much of a fight.  And we have proved them wrong every time.  The same holds true now, in the fight against the globalist, power-mad “elites’ who think they have us pegged, think they have it all figured out, and think we are too weak to resist their plans.  It’s time to give them a lesson in American ingenuity and resolve.

Stewart Rhodes,

Founder of Oath Keepers

*  The quote from Admiral Yamamoto is in dispute, with some contending that it is apocryphal.  Regardless of whether he actually said it, that statement is certainly consistent with his view of Americans and of the military capacity of the United States once awakened, after his time living and studying in America.

More about the author:  Stewart Rhodes is the founder and President of Oath Keepers.  He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump.  He is a former firearms instructor and former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff.   Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine and has written for Gerry Spence’s, The Warrior.   Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Judge William E. Miller Prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights.  He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, and was a Yale Research Scholar.  He is currently writing a book on the dangers of the U.S. government applying the international laws of war to the American people.

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36 Responses to “Oath Keepers Operation Sleeping Giant: Awakening Veterans to Get off the U.S.S. Economic Titanic and Back Onboard the U.S.S. Constitution”

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    CorbinKale Says:

    A prepared cadre of veterans, backed by determined citizens, under the authority of a Constitutional Sheriff is the right structure to enable Counties to weather the coming storm.

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    Zeb Blanchard Says:

    I sat with a local Oath Keeper/Constitutionalist Sheriff this morning. He is definitely on the same page as we are with establishing/expanding Sheriff’s Reserves as a first step. Towards returning to the 2nd Amendment militia. He pointed me to the lead in our State (GA)Sheriff’s Association who will be most apt to carry the ball on the state level. This person is also in line for the state president in July.
    However the Sheriff I was with pointed out a new problem which we will have to deal with in workng with the Sheriffs. Legislation is coming down that is attempting to change the responsibilities of and restrict the authority of Sheriffs. I see it now in retrospect after he brought it up.
    This is yet another situation where we have to go face to face with our legislators to block any of legislation that may restrict our elected LEO.
    So we have been conditioned over the last few decades not to interact with the pols but that’s not how our system of governance works. The pols work for We the People and the People need to redirect the pols in the direction of the Constitution.
    Sorry to do the Robin, just wound up, a little.

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    Count me in Stewart! ALL American patriots who believe in our Constitution and that it IS the “law of the land” and that the professional, political, parasites have trampled on and shredded our Sacred Documents…our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and our Bill of Rights for more than a century with impunity!

    Stewart’s “Oathkeepers Operation Sleeping Giant” will be an outstanding plan to strengthen our resolve to always place America in our hearts, minds and souls…first! So, American patriots let us begin the action with vigor, endurance and perserverance until our mission is accomplished and VOW to NEVER allow our country to be invaded by another illegal alien or allow anyone to even try to change our course, writ with the blood, of our Founding Fathers that began the American Revolution…that set America FREE from tyranny!

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    Johnny Glock Says:

    As an Oathkeeper I have read all the above. I have only one question.
    In plain simple English please tell us just what you want us to do.
    I hear and read about a lot of what we should do, but not “exactly” what we are asked to do.
    Please post the mission. Give us numerical order of the steps to take.
    We want our country back. We want to “Re-Establish” the U.S. Constitution as the law of the land.
    We have been trained to take orders, but they must be clear cut, simple, and intelligent.
    The Oathkeepers cover our country, East to West & north to South. Activate and unite us in to specific mission so we can get the job done together, as one Country.

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    Janice Says:

    I am going to go to the local Vet. halls and start talking to the vets. then make arrangements to go talk to the local Sheriff. hope that sounds like a start.

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    RAY Says:


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    Dr. Mark Carducci Says:

    Thank you Stewart for putting “it” in print. We all have a duty to “convert” the sheeple (sheep people) one day at a time, into Constitutionally informed, capable, local militia. Watching the Fed, bond market, D.C….the sooner the better. -actively pulling for the CONSTITUTION, Dr Mark Carducci.

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    Ron Gideon Says:


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    Wallbager Says:

    Our military, law enforcement, and ELECTED OFFICIALS need to HONOR THEIR OATH TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION!!!


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    Stewart Rhodes Says:

    Johny Glock said:

    “As an Oathkeeper I have read all the above. I have only one question.
    In plain simple English please tell us just what you want us to do.
    I hear and read about a lot of what we should do, but not “exactly” what we are asked to do.
    Please post the mission. Give us numerical order of the steps to take.”

    Will do. That’s exactly our plan. We will be providing details in each category, with recommended action lists, with a recommended order of priority, and with specific instructions on how to do it (as best as we can provide, and always with the proviso that what works in one place, may not work in another, so you will have to adjust and improvise, and besides, grassroots problem solving and innovation is King, and initiative and creativity by you and your local allies will be what gets it done).

    And, as part of providing details, we will be tapping into the expertise of individuals and organizations that are already focused on specific points, such as utilizing the Tenth Amendment Center, when it comes to defense of the reserved powers of the states or the people, and such as utilizing the Alternative Market Project (and others) when it comes to financial security and independence – in fact, that is why the Alternative Market Project exists. I saw that there needed to be a focused, grass-roots effort on that front, and I contacted Brandon Smith (aka Giordano Bruno) and asked if he would be interested in taking that concept and running with it, focusing in on the economic prong. And he stepped up and did it.

    So, we Oath Keepers will be sending people his way and also using his research and writing within our own efforts. Ditto for the work that has already been done by Dr. Edwin Vieira and groups such as Committees of Safety. The goal in our particular effort within Operation Sleeping Giant will be to bring all of those ideas and prior work into the veteran community. We are focused on veterans, because we feel they are a key population that has the capacity to really get things done, and to take a leadership role in getting the rest of the people moving. But that doesn’t mean we won’t work with those who are non-veterans. We will work with anyone who has the same goals and the same constitutionalist grounding.

    In other words, this is a combined arms effort, and we will work closely with experts and activists from outside our org, who are trying to get the mass population to do much the same thing. We are just focusing extra effort on the veterans, with this particular operation.

    As for the broader effort among the general population, Brandon and I just wrote the first installment of a series of articles for that general effort. The first one is called “Getting Off the Globalist Chessboard: An Introduction.” That series will also go into detail on each of the four broad areas of priority action, but with a broader audience in mind. In that series, just as with my articles that will be targeted specifically at veterans, we will cite to the work already done by experts in each aspect, making sure the readers know exactly what books and articles to read and what videos to watch. such as by Dr. Vieira, but also what other organizations they should consider looking into for more information and for more action within each area of expertise.

    And I want to make it clear that we will, of course, give full credit where it is due to those who have come before, and who have been working on many of these aspects for years, such as Dr. Vieira and his associates. We just want to spread those concepts and ideas far and wide, and get them implemented to such a degree as to make a real difference when the collapse comes, and I am convinced that by focusing first and foremost on the veterans, we have the chance to do it in time. And, conversely, I am convinced that trying to just do it in the general population without a focused effort to reach the veterans just won’t get it done in time.

    For the Republic,

    Stewart Rhodes

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