April 15th, 2014

Calling All Oath Keepers to Stand Watch at Bundy Ranch


Updating With Stewart Rhodes

NOTE: First, at the moment things are quiet here.   99% of the rumors on the internet are either blatantly false or wildly inaccurate.  No strong presence of federal agents has been seen. Remnants of BLM’s recent sojourn here are still present, such as the lights they had put up at their “field-headquarters” and no doubt we are under surveillance of all kinds, but there is no overt, visible massing of federal law enforcement.

We are, however concerned that the domestic enemies of the Constitution that infest the federal government might try to take advantage of folks going home, and attempt to make a move on the Bundy family. We feel certain that they will want to try again at some point, perhaps in a different way, even perhaps by executing a dynamic entry raid to attempt to arrest the Bundys.  And we have heard that this is being discussed, though I have not been able to directly confirm it.  But it is a real risk.

Therefore, to prevent such a raid, or to at least throw a monkey wrench into any such plans and make it more difficult for them, we’re doing the following:

1: We are calling on all Oath Keepers who can possibly get here to come to the Bundy Ranch to serve as volunteers on an ongoing, rotating watch. That is not because there is any great emergency, but is a preventative measure – sort of like doing a rotation on the DMZ.

I am urging each and every Oath Keepers member who can, to get here and spend a bit of time to ensure that the Bundys are not alone. We need boots on the ground. We want you here, standing watch, which is appropriate for us Oath Keepers since our motto is “Not on Our Watch.”

We have six Oath Keepers here from New Hampshire (one of whom – Jerry DeLemus – is now the head of security for the ranch).  We have one woman, Lori Storm, who drove down by herself from Nebraska, and one of our Board members from Nebraska, Steve Homan, is also here. We’ve got people here from Montana, Utah, Arizona, California, and Washington State. People are here from all over the country.

But people, however dedicated, will get burnt out and we need others to rotate in.   We need you to step up and serve your turn on watch.

We are raising money to help with gasoline – just be sure to save all receipts for reimbursement.

(EA here: That may only be available on first-come first-served basis. Of the money we’ve raised thus far, we’ve given $12,000.00 dollars to the Bundy family, and we purchased a $1,000.00 generator, but we are now raising more money to help some folks traveling from afar.)

I will not ask you to do anything I am not willing to do myself.  So, even though I have been away from my home and family since April 10, I am still here, and I will remain here through April 19, standing watch with the others.   I was supposed to be speaking at a rally in Idaho on that day, but I canceled that because I need to be here to lead by example by also pulling a watch stint.

And I can think of no better place to be on April 19 than on ground where modern patriots followed the example of the Founders and stood firm in defense of liberty.    Like their forefathers before them who stood at Lexington and Concord, they refused to bend the knee to tyranny, and they stood their ground.  And that spot of ground may go down in history as the birthplace of the next American Revolution, where the tide was turned, and the people stood up.

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OATH RENEWAL CEREMONY, SATURDAY, APRIL 19

On Saturday, April 19, we w ill have speakers (such as Mike Vanderboegh of the Three Percenters) and then we will follow in the foosteps of  the Founding generation by renewing our oaths at approximately 6pm.   What better place to do that than where brave Americans just kept their oaths and continue to keep their oaths in such a profound and moving way.

I  invite you to join us there, both to do your duty, and to honor our forefathers and every American who has fought for this nation, from Lexington Green to today, as we celebrate our liberty that has been won for us and preserved for us, at such great cost.

NOTE:  There is also a cowboy barbeque being thrown Friday night, April 18, by the Bundy family down by the river near their ranch. The Bundy’s will provide the food and live music, with the first band going on at 6pm.  All  you need to do is show up.   Ammon Bundy told me that you are welcome to bring your families, and are welcome to camp there.  So, this is not just about standing watch.  This is also about fellowship, family, and enjoying the land the Bundy family has been caring for for generations.

All of us who are here consider it a great honor to stand with this patriot family, and I can tell you that we Oath Keepers also consider it a great honor to be in the company of this fine bunch of Americans who have traveled from all over our country to support and stand with the Bundy family.

The Bundys are open and very grateful for people coming to be there for them, and thus far the caliber and quality of the people who’ve been here has been outstanding. From all over America people of good character and brave spirit have come to help and have done honor to our American traditions. We want those types of people. We do not want hot-heads who are looking for a fight.     We want “cool, calm, and collected” – the “quiet professional.”   Thank you for understanding.  Yes, by all means, bring your rifles, handguns, and whatever other gear you think you will need to stand watch, and yes, that includes any cammo you think will work best.

2: A rotating vigil of state legislators and current serving sheriffs at the ranch. This second part of our plan is a continuation of what we’ve already been doing. Oath Keepers helped facilitate a number of legislators from several Western States traveling to the Bundy Ranch this past week. Sheriff Mack’s Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA.org) helped ensure that some real-deal constitutional Sheriffs were also present on the side of the Bundy family.

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We will be continuing  this effort and we need proactive Oath Keepers  to help arrange a steady stream of State and County officials to rotate presence there so that the idiot government will have to admit it’s ready to kill sitting elected public servants to assert its authority, or leave the Bundy family – and their cows – alone.   Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, on Monday night, served the first vigil in the Bundy Ranch House (if only the Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval, had a fraction of her integrity and courage.  We wouldn’t need to be here).

And to support that “official” stream of State and County officials, as well as others with names of gravity, Oath Keepers’ general membership will also rotate into service there.

There is also some serious perimeter security and Oath Keepers CPTers who volunteer to help with the out-lying security in the desert will find this to be a great training exercise. Bring your gear.  Consider this your Minute Man FTX.  But however you come, do come. Oath Keepers will not be alone in this. Many other Americans are mobilizing now, millions of Americans are learning about it and are wanting to be helpful. Be part of it.

For the Republic!

Stewart Rhodes

Founder and President of Oath Keepers

PS – I want to personally thank Nebraska Oath Keepers President and member of our national BOD, Steve Homan, a Marine’s Marine, who fought in Vietnam, who is here with me.   Though Steve has five stints in his heart, and still carries around a bullet in his stomach courtesy of the NVA, he is here, and he will be standing watch with me till Saturday evening.   I also want to thank four fine patriots and Oath Keepers – Rick, Ben, George, and John – who also attend Pastor Chuck Baldwin’s Liberty Fellowship church in Montana.  They drove down here together last week and though George had to fly home, Rick, Ben, and John have agreed to stay here with me until Saturday night, and then drive all night to get us home for Easter Service at Liberty Fellowship in Kalispell (I promised my wife and kids I would be home for Easter and that is a promise I need to keep if at all possible).




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32 Responses to “Calling All Oath Keepers to Stand Watch at Bundy Ranch”

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    Scott Allen Says:

    My name is Scott Allen, retired Army from Elko county. I was there Friday and Saturday. I’m not a member of Oath keepers but I can be down there again Saturday and able to stay for a few days if needed. Let me know if I can help. Thanks.

    [Editor's Note: Scott, all I can say to you is - Bring It On! Yes, you're needed, and especially we hope you can spend a few days. Please know that we'll shortly publish a couple of contact numbers for coordinating "waves" or rotating volunteers, so that people can plan their off time from work to be there when needed the most. In the meantime, you're wanted there now. I hope you enjoy the Oath Ceremony on Saturday. Bring it, Bro!
    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor]

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    Christina Says:

    God bless you and keep you safe, Im financially challenged, cant travel, but will donate what I can. My dad was in 3 branches of the military, fought in 2 wars on 2 continents and if he was still here, , he’d be there too. THANK YOU

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    Michael lake Says:

    I’d give anything to be there but I must work to eat and save up supplies for the coming storm that will be caused buy this kind of stupidity

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    John C. Learn Says:

    Hi, I wanted to let you know that I went to aid the Bundy’s On April 14th and was impressed buy the number of patriots that were present . I saw men and women ,young ,old some members of patriot groups some non members just all Americans, with a love of freedom and willing to stand up to a government oppression . I was also impressed to see some of our government leaders willing to stand with us this is to remind us that they to under stood their duty and oath they took and support ,while others ignored theirs. Pray for our leaders that they stand with us as they pledged to in their oath of office. God bless America. NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD MEN TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR COUNTRY !!!!!!!!!!
    Im one old man proud to be an American God bless America
    John C . Learn OATH KEEPER

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    Jeff Says:

    With all due respect Oath Keepers, if SWAT does hit the property and you are there, how in the heck will you do anything to stop them? Seems to me you will just be pushed aside, hand cuffed and they will walk all over you, unless there is a huge crowd there to stop them? I am just asking, what good will it do, what you are asking? And believe me I am all for the #BundyRanch family and pray for their security and a peaceful future.

    Can you get a court order or get the Governor to decree that the BLM, Federal Government will not be raiding the #BundyRanch, they must handle it in other ways, if they do anything at all but a raid at night or day time will not be permitted in his state?

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    John C. Learn Says:

    Hi, I wanted to let you know that I went to aid the Bundy’s On April 14th and was impressed buy the number of patriots that were present . I saw men and women ,young ,old some members of patriot groups some non members just all Americans, with a love of freedom and willing to stand up to a government oppression . I was also impressed to see some of our government leaders willing to stand with us this is to remind us that they to under stood their duty and oath they took and support ,while others ignored theirs. Pray for our leaders that they stand with us as they pledged to in their oath of office. God bless America.
    Im one old man proud to be an American God bless America
    John C . Learn OATH KEEPER

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    Jeff Says:

    Glenn Beck is a SHILL, he is against the #BundyRanch Family, he is telling them to pay their grazing fees. Please do NOT ask for Glenn Traitor Beck to come to the property.

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    Mark Haag Says:

    I am an Oathkeeper and I am preparing to leave for Bundy ranch in the next 24-48 hrs from NW Montana.
    Mark

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    David Laird Says:

    Need more info from the bundy ranch. Radio media here in phoenix az is still on the side of the feds. The bundy family have not been paying their grazing fee’s and deserve what’s coming to them etc etc. Glenn beck calling for peacefull action is being replayed by others. Having daily updates on youtube and facebook explaining the bundy situation is critical to your effort many are not getting the message. Why isn’t the state of Nevada helping? why are they turning their heads. James yeager is there see if he can make some more posts. People need to understand why the oath keepers were called and what our purpose is there. People need to know what the goal is here? Declare the area state land? people don’t know why cliven quit paying in the 90’s when he paid all through the 70’s. Need more info available to the internet, need more media coverage discussing these issues. We need to gain support for the effort. Having said that. My shit’s packed and ready to go. God bless you all and especially the bundy family, our prayers are with all of you. Stay safe.

    Sincerely Dave laird

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    Mike Says:

    I am subscribed member of Oathkeeprs, but I am also more loyal to accurate accounting of activities.

    I shared this article directly with the Bundy family and have admonishing everyone publishing just a whole range of disinformation about what is going with the instructions to simply check in directly with the Bundy Ranch to get accurate information. After sharing this article I then see this posting put out by the Bundy Ranch Facebook account:

    Bundy Ranch
    59 secs ·
    We are trying to get to all of your messages I woke up to over 100 messages! Excellent, but overwhelming!
    A little about what is going on:
    Right now we are still getting the ranch in working order, preparing for the party on Friday as well as doing radio shows, interviews, etc
    At this point in time nobody has been arrested!
    There has been false links saying people have been etc. If we do not post it, it is not 100% fact, I know we are not posting a lot and that is simply because there is not much going on!
    The best way you can help is spread the word, inform others, squash rumors, and be at the ranch/rally point!
    Thank you.

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    Please reach out directly to them and sync your messaging with them. I assure you, it is in our best interests, team.

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