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Road Trip To An Anti-Government Gun Rally


The author of this article has no idea what Oath Keepers is about. That is obvious by the first line of the article. Though Andy Poliakoff and Lou Arquer attempt to explain the mission of Oath Keepers, it is apparent the author can’t even conceive of the dangers we face. The article isn’t really a hatchet job, rather, it is a sign of the authors complete ignorance of the realities we face.

Thanks for trying Andy and Lou. – Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor

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Author: Benjamin Yeager
Meet the Oath Keepers, a fast-growing, right-wing group that’s preparing for the apocalypse.
On a recent windy Saturday morning, Andy Poliakoff, a member of an anti-government group called the Oath Keepers, pulls up his black Dodge Ram to a Dunkin’ Donuts in Long Island, New York. Poliakoff had invited me to join him and a buddy on a road trip to Connecticut. They planned to protest a gun control law passed in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, in which 20 children and six teachers died. It’s the most stringent gun control law in the nation. And it drives the Oath Keepers batty.

The Oath Keepers is one of the fastest growing “patriot” groups on the right. It’s a national, grassroots organization composed of mainly men and women in uniform—cops, soldiers, firefighters, veterans, paramedics—who are wary of what they view as an increasingly tyrannical government, and who revere the Constitution as inviolable. Especially the Second Amendment. The organization’s name comes from one of its battle cries—a callout to fellow government employees who’ve vowed to serve our nation: “Stop Big Brother! Expose unconstitutional actions! Honor your oath!”

To find out whether the Oath Keepers are dangerous nut jobs or just regular guys alarmed by the rise of our national surveillance state and the erosion of civil liberties, I poked around Facebook and reached out to Poliakoff, a massive 36-year-old paramedic and volunteer fireman. When he picks me up in his truck, I scan the inside of the cab. I had assumed he would bring a gun for our trip, but apparently he didn’t feel like exercising his Second Amendment rights that day.

As we drive down the Cross Island Expressway, Poliakoff’s buddy, Lou Arquer, 44, a muscular guy who sells plumping supplies, rides shotgun. Bumper stickers festoon the rear window of Poliakoff’s pickup, emblems of the Oath Keepers and New York Mutual Assistant Group (NYMAG), which teaches combat skills and survival teamwork. One inspiring sticker says “pro choice” above an array of bullets.

The Oath Keepers fancy themselves as an educational group. They use a catchy method of spreading their message called “Reach, Teach and Inspire.” It isn’t long before Poliakoff and Arquer try to Reach, Teach and Inspire me.

Poliakoff and Arquer chain-smoke as they explain what their group is about in thick Long Island accents. The Hair Nation channel plays on satellite radio, with Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi and Guns N’ Roses providing the soundtrack to my indoctrination. We go through a tollbooth and Poliakoff finds the right amount in a wad of cash. Oath Keepers seem to prefer cash.


“The Oath Keepers are people that every day go out and answer somebody’s cry for help,” Poliakoff says. Oath Keepers train “civilization preservation teams” that conduct exercises with live fire and plastic Airsoft guns. They incorporate logistical radio specialists, nurses and doctors. Others learn how to scout for food. The teams vow to care for one another and create a makeshift settlement, post-apocalyptic-style—not only in the event of a catastrophe, but also in case the federal government clamps down on U.S. citizens en masse.

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  1. I love the characterization as an apocalypse group, is that some sort of freudian slip on the part of the author acknowledging that the government destroying the constitution is the end of the world?

  2. Message discipline.

    Oath Keepers should prepare to back up servicemen who want to live up to their oath but face incredible blow-back for doing it.

    Everything else is of secondary importance or an outright distraction.

    Public speaking – or speaking to the media – is an important skill of its own. “Stay on message” is good advice and it must be trained just as all other skills.

    In cases such as this, it would be best not to bring up CPTs, visions of federal implosion blah blah blah. Too many in the Liberty Movement live and breath “doomer porn” (I enjoy it myself) but “normal” people will think you stark raving mad for mentioning it.

    Stick to the talking points. The Oath is a tangible thing. It makes sense. Explain why it makes sense if they don’t immediately grasp it due to unfamiliarity.

    But the other stuff? It will be dismissed as “tin foil hat” even if they are sympathetic. It’s just the way things are.

  3. What tripe – talk about low information – I know I shouldn’t expect anything else from yellow journalism, but still. What have we come to as a nation where first responders, people who daily go into danger to save lives, are characterized as being ill-educated, paranoid oafs.

    I’m very proud of our Oath Keeper group – we are doing everything we can to be a positive asset to the community – to hear this nonsense just reaffirms my commitment – to my oath, to my group, and to the Oath Keepers.

    Pro Patria Vigilans

  4. “… that the government destroying the constitution is the end of the world?”

    The government cannot destroy the US Constitution, only we can. We are the ONLY Constitutionally

    “We the People” are the Militia of the several states. We are the lawful Defenders of Liberty within our nation from both domestic and foreign enemies. We are the lawful enforcer of all laws that are in Pursuance thereof the US Constitution and follows each state’s Constitution. The “People” as the Militia of the several states ARE the LAWFUL defenders of ourselves, our families, property, counties, cities, states, and of our nation. So when a state’s Militia goes out to assist a family / city / county / state or the nation itself, the people as the “sovereigns” lawfully call themselves forth, as the ONLY governmental body that is LAWFULLY charged to carryout those duties.

    The Preamble to the US Constitution; starts with:

    “We the People of the United States do ordain and establish this Constitution”,
    By those words it is saying that “We the People” are the source of any and all legal status of the state and federal governments. “We” created them for specific purposes, and it was NOT to destroy our lives, control us, spy on us, track us, or murder us. Basically all public officials – state and federal representatives, state and federal law enforcement, state and federal judges, the multitude of state and federal bureaucracies – are called “public servants” for a reason – they are literally our hirelings, and many are “temporary workers” or “seasonal” – long seasons I admit.

    The US Constitution and all that is “in Pursuance thereof” it, as the supreme (highest) law of this land in the areas where it was given jurisdiction says that “We” (as the Militia of the several states) are personally responsible for maintaining and protecting the US Constitution, each state’s Constitution, and seeing to their enforcement against ALL foes – domestic and foreign. “We” are the ones responsible for enforcing the laws of this land, and are charged with it’s defense plus the defense of our homes, neighborhoods, cities, counties, states, and country.

    It says it here within the Constitution of the United States of America:

    US Constitution, Article I, Section. 8, Clause 11: “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water”.

    This is using private citizens in their own privately owned crafts to defend the USA and her people, this is using the Militia.

    And Here; Clause 15: “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel invasions.

    This clause is very straightforward also. The militia of each state is taxed with the defense of the USA and her people, not just with the defense of their state; and they are to be armed with weapons that can repel any invasions bearing modern weapons of war. Congress is required to provide those military grade weapons for the militias.

    Again here; Clause 16: “To provide for organizing, ARMING, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress”.

    Thomas Jefferson, 1st inaugural, explained that: “a well-disciplined militia” is “our best reliance in peace and for the first moments of war, till regulars may relieve them” and also a guarantee of “the supremacy of the civil over the military authority; [and] economy in the public expense.”

    “”a well-disciplined militia”” are the ex or retired military, law enforcement, etc. People who have been trained to (hopefully constitutionally) do the duty of defense when needed. The ones that must train the rest so that they can also do their constitutionally mandated duty.

    ‘Benjamin Yeager, “Meet the Oath Keepers, a fast-growing, right-wing group that’s preparing for the apocalypse.”‘

    He is a fool, a tool.

  5. How do I learn more about what’s going on in our country? I’ve been reading a lot recently about FEMA camps and martial law. I am not a bona fide prepper, but we have been storing extra food and water along with some other things. The OK Orders not to obey seems related to reports on FEMA.

  6. Mr. Ken, look for alternative media sites, there’s offgrid survival, oathkeepers here, policestateusa (although the last one can sometimes get rather radical) read these sights and look for trends in information, something they all end up saying collaboratively.

    one of them is the militarization of the police force, another would be the CDC safety protocol blunder, and another would be the deployment of DHS in smalltown rural areas across America. they all lead up to one thing if done with intent.

    disease pandemic in America leads to forces being sent in to quarantine the place, but are just a little “too late” to stop the spread, anger groups and radical preppers will do the same thing after the hurricane incident where they shot at firefighters for their equipment, martial law will be declared nationwide, just as they bust the market bubbles causing economic collapse driving up poverty so they can reclaim land due to failure to pay taxes or just outright take it by force and then sell off the rights to pay off the debt. similar to brazil and argentina.

    these are just my opinion it may nto happen in that order, but it is literally the “perfect storm”

  7. It’s NOT “Anti-Government” it’s more like “Anti-Tyranny” of any government that designates its own citizens as “Potential Domestic Terrorists.” Most Americans prefer a government by the people and for the people. I certainly do not support an administration that has Weatherman Underground terrorism written all over it and I do not support, or will defend, politicians that support terrorism!!

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