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Stewart Rhodes’ Sixth Anniversary Essay

Lexington Green 1775

Sixth Anniversary Message From Stewart Rhodes

Founder of Oath Keepers


Happy Birthday Oath Keepers!


Yesterday, April 19, marks the sixth anniversary of the official founding of Oath Keepers. Of course, it also marks the 240th anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, where the opening “shot heard round the world” of the American Revolution occurred. Yesterday, I spoke at a Patriots Day rally in Colorado. Mike Vanderboegh, founder of the Three Percenter movement, also spoke. We will get the video from that event up online as soon as we can.

I chose to make the official launch of Oath Keepers on April 19, 2009, on Lexington Green, for a reason – to remind us all of where we have come from, the price Americans have paid from the very start of this Republic, and of the seriousness of our duty to honor our oaths. The blood of patriots was spilled on that Green, and we need to have the same conviction they had, when it comes to carrying out our duty.

As I said yesterday in my speech, I consider April 19, 1775 to be the birthday of our Republic – not July 4, 1776. The Founders Republic was born on April 19, 1775 when the American patriots stood their ground and gave ball for ball. It was born in hot lead, cold steel, and the cries of wounded men, the cries of anger of the patriots, and the cries of fear of the Red Coats as they were chased back to Boston with a swarm of pissed off patriots all around them at every step. That is when this Republic was born. The Declaration of Independence, while clearly momentous and timeless in its statement of principles that form the foundation of our American Creed, was really the birth certificate of our Republic – the official recognition of what had already taken place over a year prior. Once the fighting began at Lexington and Concord, there was no turning back from the course of destiny. The Republic was born, kicking and screaming, and formal independence was really a foregone conclusion. It was going to happen, and nothing was going to change that, once the fighting began.


I chose Lexington Green – a battlefield where patriot blood was spilled in resistance to oppressive government – to found this org because there are obvious parallels to our current situation, where a modern “long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce [us] under absolute Despotism.” We are in much the same position as the patriots were in that time. We are on the eve of conflict with domestic enemies of liberty who are relentless in their pursuit of power over us. That conflict has only grown clearer in the past six years.

I encourage you to reflect carefully and seriously on the events that lead up to the American Revolution, on the events of that day long ago on April 19, and on what came after it – a long, hard-fought war for liberty and independence. And reflect on what our fighting men have gone through since, from Bunker Hill, to Saratoga, to Kings Mountain, Cow Pens, to Yorktown, and on through our history – through the Civil War, and the World Wars – through Iwo Jima, Normandy Beach, the Battle of the Bulge, etc. and on to today. Reflect on the blood they spilled, the youth they gave up, their tears, their courage, their sacrifice. And ask yourself what you are willing to give, and to do, to make sure that all of their suffering and sacrifice is not for nothing. We have an absolute duty to do what we must to preserve the Republic – the liberty – that they gave so much for. Duty is ours. Results are God’s. Let us do our duty.

As I said in my speech yesterday in Colorado, let go of fear and doubt, and focus on your love of country, and your love of your family. For it is love that conquers fear and hatred. And focus on your children and grand-children, and on the reality that our lives are short and fleeting, and all that really matters is that we leave our children and grand-children free. Nothing else matters. That is what the men who fought the Revolution understood. And that is the spirit of resistance to tyranny – the spirit of liberty – that has lit the fire within the hearts of all freedom fighters, in all times, in all places. As the Irish rebel song “Patriot Game” puts it: “The love of one’s country is a terrible thing; it banishes fear with the speed of a flame; and it makes us all part of the Patriot Game.”

Remember the spirit of love that motivated men like Samuel Whittemore – the 80 year old veteran farmer who dropped his plow and picked up his musket to go to war one last time, because he did not want his children and grand-children to be subject to a distant King. Or Isaac Davis, the local gunsmith and militia commander (and father of five young children) who had a premonition that if it came to a fight, he would not survive the battle – and yet he went, and lead his men at Concord bridge, and was one of the first to fall. He understood what really mattered – that he leave his children free.

Happy Patriots Day Oath Keepers, and Happy Birthday Oath Keepers! Take the time today to read about the history of the men who fought at Lexington and Concord, and all along Battle Road, chasing the “Lobster Backs” back to Boston. And then recommit yourself to being a patriot in principle and in deed, today. Recommit to taking the torch of liberty from their hands, and passing it on to the hands of your children.


If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” – Thomas Paine


Stewart Rhodes
Founder and President of Oath Keepers

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PS – I have been traveling and speaking through four states, but once I return home this week I will be publishing an analysis and statement on the Jade Helm military exercise that has so many Americans worried (and rightly so). I will also post my thoughts on where we are, as a movement, what I see coming, and what we should be doing about it.


God bless,



Elias Alias

Editor in Chief for Oath Keepers; Unemployed poet; Lover of Nature and Nature's beauty. Slave to all cats. Reading interests include study of hidden history, classical literature. Concerned Constitutional American. Honorably discharged USMC Viet Nam Veteran. Founder, TheMentalMilitia.Net



  1. Good to meet you, Stewart. Great speeches, both you and Mike. Wish I could’ve stayed for training, but I’ve done so many FTX’s – and it’s MONDAY, for Pete’s sake! I’m trying to keep my business going for as long as I can… You are, of course, welcome to train with us any time you’re in this part of the country. We will show you our marksmanship, fieldcraft and tactics, 1000 yards at a time. Stay safe.

  2. “…all that really matters is that we leave our children and grand-children free. Nothing else matters.”

    Thank you Stewart for bringing it home to the crux of it all. May God Bless you and your family.

    Ed Vallejo

    (shared on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Tsu)

  3. Congrats to you Stewart and to all OathKeepers for standing the test of time…

    Very well said by Stewart; all so wonderfully true. The history of this nation is rich with the deepest meaning to the character of mankind. So much has gone into its creation and continuation. It’s history is firmly intertwined with the identity of humankind. What each of you need to know is that was done just as deliberately as the opposition seeks to un-weave it. There is a hidden history surrounding that intertwining to more firmly establish that identity, and its tangible outcome a nation inhabited by the heirs of what the family of Mannanan Mac Lir began in Cashel centuries ago. This nations people are comprised of the values espoused by the Liberty Kings of old. What you need to know most is that a nation is comprised of its PEOPLE not of any governance construct. Those who believe a governance construct is the head and heart of a nation are sorely mistaken.

    I have a friend who asked me recently some very deep questions about our people and our character. He said some decades ago, during his active career (he was and still is an oath keeper), he had an opportunity to speak with an elder who had been involved in the OSS. The course of the conversation took them to a discussion about the people of America (the discussion took place in Europe). The elder gentleman, schooling my friend in conversation about our people and about the fears of the elite families who instigated both the creation of the Nazis AND the former Soviet Union experimenting with governance types, he asked my friend what he knew about the American people and why those particular elites feared them so. My friend knowing when his listening is being tested, replied he didn’t know what the gentleman was asking. The elderly former officer then pointed out that to him that there was a “bloodstock” powerful in nature residing throughout America. He described a broad swath of the many places in the nation where it was highly concentrated. I won’t go into the places my friend described to me as part of his asking me about what this gentleman was describing, because there is far more than genetics involved here. What was being referred to was CULTURE, not genetics, but the fallibility of language meant using terminology that could at first glance cause one to make such an assumption. The CULTURE being referred to was the CELTIC root stock of America. Stewart ever so briefly touched on it mentioning the Irish song. This root stock was neck deep from the first colony at Laconia to the American Revolution and the opening of the private libraries with painstakingly preserved documents, journals, and other books involving ideas that we now hold in our nations founding documents. It even resides in a white flag with a green pine tree which was given as an initial flag for the ships of our first navy.

    The elder gentleman told my friend that there had been two instances beyond the American Revolution that this ‘bloodstock’ had gathered in force to ‘save the world’. Those instances were WWI and WWII. My friend asked me about this gathering. I said my grandmother had said something odd to me long ago when I was very young and I had just shrugged it off at the time thinking it was just another quaint story amid the many that exists in the Old Irish repertoire. She said, “that in a time of dire need, you have the heritage and the ability to ‘call the Clanns'” What she meant by this is metaphorical. My grandmother had lived through both WWI and WWII. She meant that what was done in those times, when the world truly needed the ancient heroes of old, they were ‘called’ and they rose to the occasion. She meant that this could still be done. You see she had been involved in the fight against the NWO of her day and she knew what we would face in OUR time.

    So my friends and fellow OathKeepers, after long perusal of our paradigm, I echo her words and the words of that elder gentleman in Europe, and answer the deep questions of my friend who inquired about this very thing from me seeking the ancestral knowledge…

    Yes that CULTURE still exists. It exists in each and every one of you. And we will see the day when the liberty leaders will stand and “Call the Clanns” once more to defend a world against tyranny. And in this the Sleepers, the “Oldest of the Old’ will make the final step awakening from their slumber and the stories of the ancient liberty kings will be reborn in the modern sovereigns of America…

    When that day comes, you all must remember who you are…sons and daughters of the ancient Sidhe who thousands of years ago fought against the ancestors of Illumined families in a global war against tyranny.

    History repeats itself. When the “Clanns” are called will you remember? Will you rise?

    That is the question my friend asked me. I told him you already had begun the process…the answer is YES.

    Cyrellys ni Geibhendach do Dubhagain a child of the scribes of Feara Maighe who’s people immigrated to America in the Laconia Colony and after the American Revolution moved to the Pacific Northwest, then watched an ancient prophecy unfold. It was a promise made thousands of years ago, carefully remembered and acted upon that helped a people choose an identity and build a nation…and now the heirs must for the sake of a world remember who they are and continue the story.

    1. Ahh, yes. Thank you Cyrellys. That memory is nearer now to the surface of reality. I can sense an awakening riding growing momentum.

      Elias Alias, editor

  4. All well and good except for the OK Perception. Went 39 yrs without a Traffic Stop, until I placed an OK sticker on my SUV. Took it off as trouble was begging with it on, and NO I did not try to RTI the stopping officers…
    Bought the Pin (very nice and yes worth the cost), but don’t wear it in the wrong places or all (heat) descends upon you. Yes in areas we may be liked and believed in, but fear those places where it is not the case, media has done its job, radicals are OK members no mater how you dress or present yourself.

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