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Stand Vigilant this Fourth of July: We the People Must Be Ready, Willing, and Able to Stop Terrorists (and Tyrants)

Stewart Rhodes

A Message From Oath Keepers Founder, Stewart Rhodes

In response to a Facebook post claiming that a Texas militia leader had been contacted by the FBI and instructed to alert militias, Oath Keepers, and three percenters to be ready and alert for possible terror attacks on July 4, Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes posted the following on Facebook:

Oath Keepers has not been contacted by any Federal agency or agents with a request for assistance. However, we all certainly should be on heightened alert, with our heads on a swivel this weekend and ready to protect ourselves, our families, and our fellow Americans if there is an attack. Frankly, we should all be doing that all the time, anyway, and that means going armed at all times so we are able to put a stop to an active shooter or shooters wherever, or whenever, they attack.

Anyone who is trained and competent with their weapons should have a rifle and a rifle bag or chest rig with sufficient loaded magazines in their vehicle, at the least, and also a pistol on their person, at all times. But not just this weekend, and not just because of any particular threat – because that is our standing duty, day in, day out, 24/7 and 365 days a year. We the People are the true first responders. That’s how we should all be, all the time. We don’t need the FBI to tell us that. Now, if some field agent is switched on and has a clue, that’s great. But we have not been contacted by any.

And for those who don’t trust the FBI, I think you are perfectly justified in not trusting them. The FBI has a long history of COINTELPRO and manipulation, including sending in agent provocateurs, confidential informants, and actual agents to stir people up, cause division, and otherwise just wreak havoc. I don’t trust that agency any more than I would trust the CIA or NSA. Are there individual agents who are on our side? Yes, there are. But unless you know them personally, and have some proof that they are on the side of the Constitution, I think your suspicion is healthy and more than justified. And if I see anything suspicious on the 4th, I will alert a local cop, not the FBI, since the damn FBI could be part of the suspicious activity. They have been caught several times grooming and handling would-be terrorists (some of whom likely only became wannabe terrorists because of some FBI agent or paid informant recruiting them and talking them into it). – Stewart Rhodes



Right now the media is all abuzz about the threat of radical islamacists targeting Americans over the Fourth of July weekend. I am on my way to speak at Pastor Manning’s event at Gettysburg, and in the airport I just heard one “terrorism analyst” describe how easily a lone ISIS gunman, or small team of gunmen, with full auto weapons could attack crowds at gatherings, on congested bridges, subways, etc, and easily kill fifty or so Americans. He is right, but the reason it would be easy is because of the anti-gun conditioning and sheep-like mindset that causes most Americans to choose to go unarmed, and also, usually, totally untrained and unprepared to deal with any active shooter situation. They are conditioned to leave their security to the “professionals” – the police, DHS/FBI, National Guard, military, etc. that my good friend David Codrea calls the “Only Ones” – as in “the police and military are the only ones who should have guns.”

And when Americans leave their security to government sanctioned “Only Ones” they set themselves and their children up as unarmed victims – lambs for the slaughter who bleat in terror as they die, while waiting for a professional “sheep dog” to come to their rescue.
And we have seen it over and over in mass shootings – including the jihadist attack at Ft. Hood Texas, where even soldiers were mandated to go unarmed and were turned into sheep who had to be rescued by a civilian cop, or the Navy Yard shooting, where the gunman gained access because he worked there, and went on a murderous spree with a shotgun until he was finally shot down by responding officers – and at each and every school shooting – while the unarmed “sheep” wait for the sanctioned sheep dogs to arrive, they are slaughtered in such numbers as to make the attack a “success” in the eyes of the terrorists or crazy maniacs intent on going down in history with a big body count.
The bone-head obvious, simple fact is there are not enough armed “Only Ones” to protect all Americans at all times, and to actually stop them from being murdered, as they go disarmed through their day. Just won’t happen. The police will only be able to respond to an ongoing slaughter, at best. They will not stop it, except by some miraculous coincidence (which we have yet to see).
The church shooting in Charleston is but the latest example of what happens when there is an institutionalized, policy enforced disarmed victim zone. The gunman could COUNT on having unarmed, defenseless victims (and in part, thanks to the pastor himself, who actively supported denying people in church the ability to protect themselves).
And yet we are told over and over that going armed is “extreme” or “dangerous” or somehow evil. If it is so evil, why is it OK for the cops to be armed to the teeth, as they attempt to try to guess where the terrorists will attack this weekend?
We know the answer – because they are employees of the state. Because they are “only ones” and because the blood-dancers on the anti-gun left really CANNOT WAIT to jump in and dance in the blood of yet more slaughtered unarmed “civilians” so they can clamor for more restrictions on our rights, and more intrusive surveillance and hypermilitarized police.
I find it perverse, and sick, that on the eve of our celebration of Independence Day we are being told we must be completely dependent on “professional” guardians, and that the only answer to blood-thirsty murderers and terrorists is to give up even more of our liberty and further turn us into helpless sheep.
The obvious answer is that the Founders did not give us a nation of sheep, who are at the mercy of both the wolves and also at the mercy of the “sheepdog” guardians that history has too often shown are liable to become wolves themselves.
That is why I really don’t care for the “sheepdog” analogy so many military and police love to use. I understand the sentiment, and the commitment, and I too feel an obligation to protect those who are not capable of protecting themselves, but we are not supposed to be a nation of sheep. We are supposed to be a nation of citizen-soldiers, of THE MILITIA made up of all of We the People, trained in the arts of war, organized and equipped, and standing ready at all times and in all places to defend ourselves, each other, and our town, county, state, and nation.
Rather than a few armed “sheepdogs” sprinkled among a mass of unarmed sheep, where the relatively few wolves can pretty much guarantee they can slaughter many before they are stopped, visualize a mass of armed sheepdogs, with no disarmed and helpless sheep (except children, obviously), who can protect THEMSELVES and each other, who will always be on scene at a shooting, because there is no separation between the protectors and the protected. That is what a free nation looks like, and that is what a free people look like. And such a people cannot be preyed upon successfully by any wolves, whether they be “private” wolves or “public” wolves – be they terrorists or terrorizing tyrants.
And that is what we need to commit ourselves to being, this Fourth of July. You should all be armed, ready, willing, and able to defend liberty anywhere, anytime, against any threat, because that is what it means to be a free people, and that is what it means to be Americans.

As Robert A. Heinlein put it so well:

“The price of freedom is the willingness to do sudden battle anywhere, any time and with utter recklessness.”

Amen. That’s what it takes to stop terrorists in their tracks, and to stop tyrants in their tracks. Nothing else works.
So let us once again declare our independence from reliance on professional guardian “Only Ones” and independence from the servile, groveling, pathetic, weak and defenseless state of sheep-like dependence our would-be masters want us to accept. Tell them to go to Hell, and stand up, like men, and take your place among the powers of the earth, as a free and independent people. And let us secure the blessings of liberty for posterity.
God bless the Republic,
Stewart Rhodes



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  1. You are right, Stewart, not one Federal agency out there can be trusted. I have a lot of friends who are retired from the FBI, CIA and DOD, and none of them trust their present day replacements. That is a clue for the rest of us. You are also right about how all of us should be armed, but not simply because it is our duty to defend the sheep. We should do so because it is our inalienable Right and with the full knowledge that when we don’t exercise those rights then some idiot comes along who tries to take them away from us.

  2. On too many sites Im seeing too many comments from people who think this will really be done by Muslims. Muslims were blamed in 9/11 and they had very little to do with it. Anything that happens on the 4th will be a false flag, done by the elites.

  3. I wish I could help my community by being armed and prepared to defend myself, my family and neighbors. But, I live in a Second Amendment-free victim zone called California and have no recourse but use whatever is at hand for defense as almost all weapons are banned by law.

  4. Good message Mr. Rhodes. I believe you left out one important piece of the puzzle regarding possible incidents for the Fourth. We must keep in mind that Operation Jade Helm 15 is underway across much of our nation, and any “terrorist threat/attack” could be an incident being created by the U.S. military or any level of law enforcement supporting that operation. We must remain aware of the possibility that any threats to our local population could come from us from any number of sources.


  6. Joel 3:9-11 King James Version

    9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:

    10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

    11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord.

  7. Why do we have to pay to carry concealed weapons ? I took the course over 5 years ago to get my first concealed weapons permit. Now it is out dated. The government says i have to pay 105.00 to get it renewed. Why ? Isn’t it our right to bear arms ? I took the course to learn the rules, now why must I pay again ? If we need to take a test to prove we still know the rules, that would be fine, but the fee of 150.00 is to high.
    Do we have to pay for our rights to carry a gun ? I do believe the biggest reason we have not had as many attacks as other country’s is that they know we are armed, and ready to shoot back. We are not going to run from the fight, like all of those people we have spent way to much money to train in the foreign lands. They are cowards, and not worth all of the money being spent to train them. Lets train our own citizens, as they will not run, they will fight.

    1. I too used to ha e a state issued concealed weapons permit. When it expired, I did not renew. I had fallen into their trap of making my right a privilege by submitting. I still carry every day. I carry in so called gun free zones. I have never been stopped and searched. If by chance a cop does catch me, I will fight it in court and hope for jury nullification or acquittal. If found guilty, it is a misdemeanor here in SC. I will pay the $285 dollar fine, and go buy another pistol.

  8. The right to keep and bear arms predates the U.S. Constitution and is enumerated in the Bill of Rights as the 2nd Amendment. You would be reasonable in thinking that under the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause that this would apply to the states as well as the Federal government and that it was unconstitutional for a Federal or state government to tax or impose a fee on the expression of a civil right through either legislation or executive order. There are no reasonable restrictions on your civil rights. Yet, it happened and is allowed to continue. It is time to demand that your governments remove those taxes and fees on your civil rights. As Samuel Adams said in the Philadelphia State House on August 1, 1776, the day before the signing ceremony for the Declaration of Independence,

    “If ye love wealth better than liberty,
    the tranquility of servitude
    better than the animating contest of freedom,
    go home from us in peace.
    We ask not your counsels or your arms.
    Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
    May your chains set lightly upon you,
    and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

  9. So sad but so true. The average sheeple is too stupid to be prepared to defend itself. Going armed is a good thing but be waring of doing so around large public events, I mean beyond a personal carry weapon. It would be a great set up for a patsy, I mean patriot. The Fed Nazis could pull off a ‘terror attack’ and use any known local patriots as the fall guys. The newswhores would regurgitate the press releases and the average sheeple would never know the difference.

    Our biggest enemy is the beast system, and the “Liberal”(commie) and republicrat trash that supports it. Know your enemies, and know they are capable of anything here in the land of the no long free and not-so brave.

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  10. Too bad folks like oathkeepers are now considered the terrorists by our own NWO government. Talk about Saddam Hussein “gassing his own people” our government would do the same thing if they could get away with it.

  11. Mr. Rhodes … spot on … my position echoes yours ..thx for being a real patriot! … God Bless you and Oath Keepers

  12. you are dead on ,right on ,the Head of the nail … I am only going to say that there is one thing that we have not brought to bear ,the voice of an ENLIGHTENED BEING… and if you do not know what I speak of then its time to look ,… cause I bring something that few have … AWARENESS ,I AM AWAKEN , and that is worth a trying ,if anyone of you want to engage me you have my e-mail …arrange a place in san diego ca … and test your skills …. I AM AN ANICENT ,WITH WISDOM … SO USE ME …I HAVE A GLOBAL MESSAGE …. AND THAT IS MY TOP PRIORITY !!!!!


  14. In reference to the Sheepdogs and Wolves analogy. Remember a K-9 is a K-9 all in all. K-9s can, do, and will interbreed. The identity becomes blurred, whereby recognizing a wolf is a matter of vigilant observation. This is no doubt where the saying, “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” comes from. There actions will betray their intent. It’s O.k. to be meek, just don’t be mentally weak and unable to defend yourself, your family, and you possessions. And, remember you possess the right to bear arms.

  15. Dear Friends,

    As I was reading again the Declaration of Independence yesterday, it came to my mind that by adapting a few words to the situation of today, there hasn’t changed too much since the times of our funding fathers in our civil obligations for the defines of our freedom, our values and our Republic.

    ( I had the changes highlighted in bold but formatting did not allow.)

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these United States of America; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present Puppet President, Congress and Judicial Branch of the NOW Shadow Government is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these United States of America. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
    They have refused their Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
    They have forbidden their Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, they have utterly neglected to attend to them. They have refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. They have called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with their measures. They have bribed and threatened Representative Houses repeatedly to support with manly firmness their invasions on the rights of the people.
    They have refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the States remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. They have endeavoured to prevent the population of these United States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization and immigration of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to protect our borders, and raising the conditions of protecting the interest of our Nation.
    They have obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing their Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers. They have made Judges dependent on their Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. They have erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance. They have kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of Us, the People. They have affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. They have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving their Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: For Quartering large bodies of armed troops and militarized Police among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these United States: For undermining and jeopardizing our Trade with all parts of the world through TPP and TAP and other secretive and unconstitutional treaties: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: For transporting us into their Gulags under NDAA and Patriot Act to be tried for pretended offences For abolishing the free System of Constitutional Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these United States of America: For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments: For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. They have abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of their Protection and waging War against us. They have plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people with their ongoing deceptive and coward false flag operations. They are at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation. They have constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. They have excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and have endeavoured to bring on the different races and colours of our nation to seed hatred and racism, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
    In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
    Nor have We been wanting in attentions to these Globalist Elites. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their lawlessness to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
    We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General We The People, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these United States of America, solemnly publish and declare, That these United States are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the Globalist Cabal and their deceptive tool of oppression, the United Nations , and that all political connection between them and the traitors of the New World Order, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent People of the United States of America, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

    Be blessed, Steward Rhodes and all Oath Keepers! It was an honor to shake your hand and to re-affirm together with you our Oath in Canyon City on Patriot’s Day. It will always be an honor to stand with you in the defence of the laws of this Republic under this Constitution!


  16. “It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions….There are men, in all ages….who mean to govern well; but they mean to govern. They promise to be kind masters; but they mean to be masters….They think there need be but little restraint upon themselves….The love of power may sink too deep in their own hearts….” –Daniel Webster

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