December 24th, 2013

Merry Christmas from Oath Keepers


Chrismas angels

Art by Doug Kreuger

Christmas is supposed to be the time of peace, when we take time out to celebrate the birth of the “Prince of Peace,” and yet, as I type this on Christmas Eve, I have an inbox full of urgent emails from fellow Oath Keepers, about one crisis or another.   I had to gently remind them all that it is Christmas, and we all need to take a breath, step away from the computer and the world, and just be at peace, for one day.   If entire armies can stand-down for one day, such as during the famous Christmas Truce of WWI (when soldiers from both sides played soccer and exchanged gifts before resuming the grisly “business” of killing each other), then so can we.   It brings to mind these words from It Came Upon a Midnight Clear:

Yet with the woes of sin and strife
The world has suffered long;
Beneath the angel strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong;
And man, at war with man, hears not
The love-song which they bring;
O hush the noise, ye men of strife
And hear the angels sing.

So, today, for at least one day, “hush the noise, ye men of strife And hear the angels sing.”   Bury the hatchet and heal any wounds with family or  friends, sheath your sword, set your rifle and plate carrier in the corner, hang up your spurs and your six guns and just spend time with those you love, at peace.    There will be time enough, after Christmas, to saddle up and ride toward the sound of the guns.   Gather your friends and family close, and cherish them.    If you have friends who live alone, invite them over.  No one should be alone on Christmas.   Laugh, watch the kids play and open presents, and be thankful for them all.  And for those of you who are current serving and far away from home, don’t forget you are still surrounded by family – your brothers and sisters right there beside you -  so cherish them as well, and share a laugh and a cup of cheer.

And above all, stay off the damnable internet and turn off the TV.    Ironically, if you are reading this on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you are screwing up.  Turn the computer off, now!   It will be there when you return, and so will the world.  -Stewart

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold;
“Peace on the earth, good will to men,
From Heaven’s all gracious King.”
The world in solemn stillness lay,
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heavenly music floats
O’er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly plains,
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever over its Babel sounds
The blessèd angels sing.

Yet with the woes of sin and strife
The world has suffered long;
Beneath the angel strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong;
And man, at war with man, hears not
The love-song which they bring;
O hush the noise, ye men of strife
And hear the angels sing.

And ye, beneath life’s crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow,
Look now! for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beside the weary road,
And hear the angels sing!

For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophet-bards foretold,
When with the ever circling years
Comes round the age of gold;
When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendors fling,
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.




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10 Responses to “Merry Christmas from Oath Keepers”

  1. 1
    Tomas dela Terra Says:

    May I remind the author that the Christmas Truce of 1914 was just 1 year short of a century ago.
    We CLEARLY live in a different world now.

    MY day of “peace” each year, I celebrate on Dec 15, which is coincidentally my birthday AND the anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights to the Constitution of the United States.

    As I celebrate that anniversary, it is with a fervent hope that not only will those rights be extended to the rest of mankind in the future, but that those rights that still remain to we Americans will still exist for future generations of Americans. The prospect, as we celebrate the birthday of the “Prince of Peace” THIS year, does NOT look very promising.

    But HOPE always springs eternal.

  2. 2
    dave Says:

    My Christmas Joy is remembering Christmases when my girls were as young as those in the photo above, and when their mother still loved me. Even now my heart is filled with love and happiness when I think of my daughters. They were what I lived for and would have died for, and still would. Somehow, I was blessed with them, though I never deserved it. But this year, I have also step-daughters, and their mother to spend my time with. They aren’t mine, but I do love them too. Life is good, and I’ve been blessed twice.

  3. 3
    WALTER E. BEDLIEN Says:

    Merry Christmas and Thanks for all that you do. ”GOD HELP AMERICA”

  4. 4
    Calvin John Says:

    Thank you for emphasizing the hymn’s 3rd verse. Too many hymnbooks delete it.

    I don’t doubt those angels, being the heavenly host (army), had enough firepower to incinerate the whole world, as two of them destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Instead of giving us what we deserved, they announced peace from the Prince of Peace, who would receive the firepower we deserved in order to rescue a people from their self-made hell.

    The hymn chastises us because, 2000 years later, we STILL don’t “get it”.

  5. 5
    Jim Casselman Says:

    Excellent article/submission. I have never really listened to the words of that song until now, how apropos for the times. Unfortunately some must remain vigilant so others can stand down temporarily.
    Merry Christmas to my fellow Oath Keepers and our War Fighters.

  6. 6
    Eaglewolf Says:

    Merry Christmas Oath Keepers.

  7. 7
    Pastor Allen Peavy Says:

    Thank you for this Christmas post.
    Merry Christmas!

  8. 8
    Alex vandenBerg Says:

    Thank you Stewart for all you do. You are truly a patriot. Keep up the great work. I hope you and your family have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

    Sincerely,
    Alex vandenBerg

  9. 9
    Stu Says:

    … and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

    “For if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and, dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.” ~ George Washington

    … However, the fourth characteristic of tyranny, censorship, is the obvious primary tripwire. When ideology and the reporting of facts and how-to instructions are forbidden, there is nothing remaining but to fight. Freedom of speech and persuasion — the freedom to attempt to rationally convince willing listeners — is so fundamental an individual right that without it no other rights, not even the existence of rights, can be enforced, claimed, debated, or even queried. http://www.barefootsworld.net/tripwire.html

    “A true Warrior fights for what he loves and not against what he hates”

    Prepare to Fight for Bill of Rights
    http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2012/12/15/11145/

    … And the most important audience for that message is the American people, so they will know that there are still men and women of honor who will stand tall and meet the test. It also helps each of us to know that we are not alone in this fight. There will be a defender of the Constitution to your right, and to your left, and you should not despair.
    http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2013/01/17/message-to-the-oath-breakers-and-traitors/

    April 24, 2013… Finally, because it’s my God-given right to do so, guaranteed by Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, in which no power is granted to Congress to regulate weapons; and further secured by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits Congress from infringing the right to keep and bear arms, with an equivalent provision in most state constitutions, purchased at a high cost and paid in full by the lives and limbs of countless Americans from 1775 to the present.
    http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/why-i-want-high-capacity-military-style-weapons/

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/pima-county-tax-victims-to-indemnify-murder-of-jose-guerena/
    http://cspoa.org/family-of-marine-vet-killed-by-swat-team-awarded-3-4-million-settlement/

    Christmas
    http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2013/12/23/thomas-paine-the-crisis-today/

    In 1776, from 6pm on Christmas night to 4am on December 26th General George Washington took horse, cannon and 2,400 ragtag soldiers across the ice-chocked Delaware River. They marched nine miles south to Trenton arriving about 8am. For two long cold hours three unprepared Hessians regiments, the von Knyphausen, von Lossberg, and Rall, tried to fight off the soldiers through the streets of Trenton. Finally, a misunderstood command, mud bound cannon, and a wounded leader forced their surrender. Nine hundred and eighteen Hessians were taken prisoner; about thirty were killed. Colonel Rall, the Hessian commander, was mortally wounded. Very few of the American soldiers were hurt and none were killed. George Washington’s army of overworked enlisted and untrained militiamen had won its first victory of the Revolutionary War. In the following ten days it would fight again at the Second Battle of Trenton and win decisively at the Battle of Princeton. The thirteen colonies were on their way to freedom and independence.
    Battle of Trenton by H. Charles McBarron, Jr., 1975
    http://www.barracks.org/CalendarofEvents2013.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Trenton

    “If Historiographers should be hardy enough to fill the page of History with the advantages that have been gained with unequal numbers, on the part of America, in the course of this contest, and attempt to relate the distressing circumstances under which they have been obtained it is more than probable that Posterity will bestow on their labors the epithet and marks of fiction; for it will not be believed that such a force as Great Britain has employed for eight years in this Country could be baffled in their plan of Subjugating it by numbers infinitely less, composed of Men oftentimes half starved; always in Rags, without pay, and experiencing, at times, every species of distress which human nature is capable of undergoing.” ~ George Washington Letter to Major General Nathaniel Greene, February 6, 1783

    …shall not be repugnant to the Constitution of the United States and the principles of the Declaration of Independence.
    (that is “mandatory” per Montana Compact Article I, Enabling Act Sections 4 & 8, and Proclamation!)

    @Tomas dela Terra: I most certainly did remember and celebrated with you! Happy Birthday!

    “Of the 26 rights guaranteed in the first 8 amendments of the Bill of Rights, 15 of them have to do with the rights of those accused of a committing a crime.”

    “We must never forget the minority that is protected by the constitution is that of a single individual.”

    “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because the law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

    BOOK III, Chap. 10. — Crime consists in inflicting a wrong, or withholding a right.
    “If no right be withheld or wrong done, there is no crime in either case.”
    http://www.constitution.org/vattel/vattel_cmt.htm
    [ http://www.constitution.org/vattel/vattel.htm ;
    http://files.libertyfund.org/files/2245/Vattel_1379_Bk.pdf 38.57 MB]

    Merry Christmas, Oath Keepers and Friends!

    I sign-off now to go celebrate with more Loved Ones. :)

    “Stu”

  10. 10
    Ron Jr. Says:

    I wish all the Oath Keepers had a Merry Christmas. And also wish a happy, safe and prosperous New Year.

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