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Oath Keepers Must Be Force Multipliers to Ensure Truth is Shared

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The power of having an effective force multiplier: “Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the Earth with it” – Archimedes. Illustration: Mechanics Magazine, London, 1824

Countless reports on Oath Keepers involvement as guardians at recruiting centers, at mine operations and in strife-torn neighborhoods provide constant reminders that the media is desperate to portray them as domestic enemies. That in turn colors the way the public perceives the group and its activities. Equally outrageous is how many so-called “conservative” and “pro-gun” bloggers and “pundits” swallow and parrot media lies — a case in point, those who have condemned the Ferguson outreach and propagated the “racism” innuendo, without once looking at what’s really happening there.

The great disparity in reach between Oath Keepers and a mass media that commands newspapers, television networks, and websites/social media platforms that reach millions, not only results in demonization of all members, but increases the danger to those putting themselves on the line and in the middle of things.  We owe it to those standing guard to watch their backs, and to do what we can to bypass hostile media to get the truth out. And in order to do that, we must become more than just consumers of information—we must become conduits for sharing it. We can go through, over, under or around the gatekeepers by being force multipliers for the Oath Keepers message, which all of us should be doing as a matter of course, and simply put, as a matter of duty.

One important way to do that is by sharing links to Oath Keepers alerts and articles, and an essential way to do that is through social media.  I’m talking to all you Oath Keepers who have managed to (intentionally) avoid it this far.  Yeah, I know all the objections. People waste time on Facebook and Twitter with stupid stuff. You give up too much personal information.  You can’t stand Mark Zuckerberg.

Who can?

I get all that.  What I also get is, if that’s your final word, you’re squandering opportunities and ceding an entire battle space in an ideological civil war that’s already being waged against your rights by collectivists who are using social media to great effect — oftentimes coordinated from the White House. No one says you have to waste your time with topics or people who can’t help with the mission. If you don’t want personal information listed, don’t list it. And why not use the resources of subversive billionaires to spread a message they would rather see suppressed?

Refusing to use available tools in this conflict is intentionally putting on restraints. Ground is being surrendered without a fight for no better reason than the excuses cited above by people who could have made a difference expending minimal personal effort. Yet we still have a significant percentage of set-in-their-way types from within our ranks that not only don’t care, but disparage and discourage getting involved. Since when is that a winning attitude?

If you still think using these resources is not worth your time and doesn’t make a real world difference, just answer one question to your own satisfaction: Why do you think China is blocking all these websites if the ability to spread information is not seen as a threat to tyranny that must be suppressed?

While we sit here in relative comfort looking at a screen, Oath Keepers are out at locations where they’re needed, enduring whatever real risks and hardships may confront them, putting themselves completely on the line. And the implication from those with the big megaphones is these friends of ours are extremists, racists, domestic terrorists. We can see for ourselves that trusted sources for reporting on their activities are few and far between. The very least we can do for them is to share the truth of what they are doing with as many people as we can, to counter the negative media narrative as best we can.

Right now, before doing anything else, why not go to the Oath Keepers Facebook page, and spend a few minutes there looking around to see how it is used to help spread the word? If you don’t already have an account, there’s no better time than right now to get started being a force multiplier.

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DavidC

David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (WarOnGuns.com), and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.

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24 comments

  1. I do what I can to change the perspective many have of those of us who choose to be a part of Oath Keepers. The more positive we are, the better we’ll be accepted.

  2. Absolutely right, use the internet to get the word out.
    Using the excuse of “putting to much personal information out there” doesn’t wash anymore. They already have all of the information they need…on all of us.
    We were most likely flagged the moment we clicked on an Oath Keepers link. Alarms went off when we joined the movement. They already know who we are, who our family and friends are and everything about our lives.
    I use the internet, I share information and I’m an active member. I won’t hide from them and I’ll voice my opinions to the world.
    The first Patriots pledged their property, their fortunes and their lives for what they believed in…and what we allowed to be squandered away. It might already be to late to save our Republic, but I’ll die trying.

  3. I support Oath Keeper as an organization of the highest integrity and honor. Not just because most members are veterans but are willing to stand up for principles most believe are dead. Thank you for doing what you do.

  4. Retired military, served in both the Army and Coast Guard. I believe in the movement, but I have a different take on things. While what we Oath Keepers stand for and do is good, the media will turn it into the worst form of an “anti-gubment militia” David Koresh Branch Dividian cult with no justification. You saw it in Ferguson. Was it because of what the Oath Keepers were doing, or was it because the media got wind of the fact it was being done and went looking for a story? Look at the blacklivesmatters and nation of islam idiots actually calling out for “death to whites” and “kill the cops”. Do you think they would stand for even a whisper of anger from us?

    Word of mouth, wearing the gear and answering questions will work much better. The unknowing can talk to you, know you, understand that you are not some domestic terrorist. I have had people ask about it and show interest. What is an Oath Keeper? What does the III% stand for? Be ready with a brief answer, then a longer conversation if necessary. Interact with your political employees, your sheriffs. If it comes down to actually having to defend my neighborhood against tyranny, the PD has a hell of an armory, a lot of former servicemembers, and a lot of training. I would rather have them on my side.

    1. “While what we Oath Keepers stand for and do is good, the media will turn it into the worst form of an “anti-gubment militia” David Koresh Branch Dividian cult with no justification.”

      You are correct in that those who are Domestic Enemies of, and Traitors to the American people, the US Constitution, and the USA vilify Oathkeepers. But that is because they are not only having an effect.

      “Word of mouth, wearing the gear and answering questions will work much better”

      While good, it reaches far fewer people. The time is late within our nation of we want to keep our Republic, so we must reach more people. What Oathkeepers does not only reaches more people, but physically shows them what they can and MUST do to keep our nation. Sometimes seeing those actions brings it home to the people that they actually and LAWFULLY can defend their nation.

      Remember decades have been spent training them in schools from the time they were small that they are helpless and must give up. That “training” of our children has been intensified in “our” public schools.

  5. It is unbelievable just how much ignorance abounds by faux conservatives on so many of the faux conservative websites and blogs whenever the Oath Keepers are mentioned in an article. I am repeadedly correcting those that can’t grasp the idea that the OK’ers is not a militia or an anti government right wing hate group full of racists. It pains me deeply that so many “so called” conservatives WILL cite the SPLC or believe the propaganda put out in the news regarding the Oath Keepers.

    Ignorance is truly bliss.

    1. The Nation of Islam, Black Panthers and some Soros funded black supremacist organizations openly promote genocide against whites in America. As a result media outlets are fearful of inciting more hatred in these groups so they strike out at conservative groups that dare expose Black on white murders, and other hate crimes. It’s as if the media believes innocent whites deserve to be beaten and/or murdered by minorities.

  6. Do any of the leaders of Oath Keepers know what a State Defense Force is? For those who don’t know, the Militia is defined in Federal Law and has two parts. The first part most people know about, it is the State National Guard. The second part is called the Unorganized Militia. It is defined in Federal Law as the State Defense Force. It is analogous to the National Guard but it can NOT be called into Federal Service. The Governor of a state is the Commander in Chief and the State Adjutant General is the military commander of the National Guard and the State Defense Force.

    Currently, 21 states have active State Defense Force units.

    The link below is to the Florida Constitution, Title XVII, Chapter 251.
    http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0200-0299/0251/0251.html and addresses the Florida State Defense Force.

    The militia already exists, and we are it. In the Florida Constitution it is in Title XVII, Chapter 250:
    250.02 Militia.—
    (1) The militia consists of all able-bodied citizens of this state and all other able-bodied persons who have declared their intention to become citizens.

    (2) The organized militia is composed of the National Guard and any other organized military forces that are authorized by law.

    (3) The unorganized militia is composed of all persons who are subject to military duty but who are not members of units of the organized militia.

    (4) Only persons exempt from military duty by the terms of federal law are exempt from military duty in this state.

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. Would you like to know more? (H/T Starship Troopers)

    1. You are misinformed.

      It is true that some years back they tried to make a “law” that changed what a real, lawful, Constitutional Militia is. But it is “color of law”, pretend law, not real in our nation; a lot like “emergency powers” and “martial law” neither of them can be lawful here either – they just show that the person who calls for either is a Traitor.

      It is very important to remember that everything that those who serve within the general (federal) government are ALLOWED to do, what was actually delegated to them, is put in writing within the US Constitution. It is easily accessible to all, and the hardest contract to break as it is not only the definer of our government, the Supreme LAW of our land, but it also is the contract that all who serve within our governments take a lawfully binding Oath to Support and Defend, except for US presidents who are held to a higher standard to Preserve, Protect, and Defend it.

      Of course, it IS the Militia who is constitutionally assigned to be the enforcer of the US Constitution and all state Constitutions, etc; so is it really a surprise that those domestic enemies and Traitors do what they can to do away with it and to mislead, even lie to the public about it? So did Joseph Stalin said in 1933: ”The United States should get rid of its militias”. Those serving within our governments have tried hard to do so.

      Remember that the US Constitution and all that is IN PURSUANCE THEREOF IT is the Supreme law of this nation that all laws/regulations/etc MUST follow to be lawful here in the USA. That does not mean that they have not created “color of law”, PRETEND laws that are in the form of laws but except for the ignorant or those outright working to destroy our nation cannot LAWFULLY be enforced.

      The Militia, some REAL facts.

      It is found within the Bill of Rights, not under any branch of the general (federal) government; though the duties that those that serve within the federal government and the way they can call into service the Militia when needed, and the list of things for which the Militia can be used is within Article 1; and the position who commands them is found within Article 2 of the US Constitution.

      Constitution of the United States of America, Second Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

      – There was no such thing as a “National Guard” when the Militia was formed, it existed long before the USA did.
      – The Military can never be the Militia, not lawfully, because here the military can be ordered by almost anyone of rank, it is a governmental agency under the executive branch. – No one who serves within any military of any rank can give orders to the Militia;
      Plus the Militia can ONLY take orders from whoever at the time is serving as the US President;
      – It can only be called into service for the general (federal) government by the congress,
      – The occasions for which the Militia may be used by the general government is listed in writing within the US Constitution (and in the state Constitution’s when in service to them)
      – The Militia is a civilian organization NOT under either the general or state government, but REQUIRED to be used (called out) by both those who serve in the general – and the state -for certain things listed wither within the US Constitution or in the State Constitution depending on who is calling for their service.

      Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11: 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”.

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

      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. The militia of each state is entrusted 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 in the next Clause.

      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”.

      Article 2, Section 2: “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States;…”

      Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, spoken during floor debate over the Second Amendment; I Annals of Congress at 750, August 17, 1789: “What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty… Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.”

      James Madison, I Annals of Congress 434: “The right of the people to keep and bear… arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country…”

      Richard Henry Lee, “Additional Letters from the Federal Farmer”, 1788, at 169: “A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves… and include all men capable of bearing arms.”

      George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 425-426: “I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for few public officials.”

      Richard Henry Lee, 1788, Initiator of the Declaration of Independence, and member of the first Senate, which passed the Bill of Rights: “Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it.” (not the Republican party, our republican way of government)

      Joseph Story, “Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States; With a Preliminary Review of the Constitutional History of the Colonies and States before the Adoption of the Constitution” [Boston, 1833]: “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them. And yet, though this truth would seem so clear, and the importance of a well regulated militia would seem so undeniable, it cannot be disguised, that among the American people there is a growing indifference to any system of militia discipline, and a strong disposition, from a sense of its burthens, to be rid of all regulations. How it is practicable to keep the people duly armed without some organization, it is difficult to see. There is certainly no small danger, that indifference may lead to disgust, and disgust to contempt; and thus gradually undermine all the protection intended by this clause of our national bill of rights.”

      Thomas M. Cooley, General Principles of Constitutional Law, Third Edition: “The right [to bear arms] is general. It may be supposed from the phraseology of this provision that the right to keep and bear arms was only guaranteed to the militia; but this would be an interpretation not warranted by the intent. The militia, as has been explained elsewhere, consists of those persons who, under the laws, are liable to the performance of military duty, and are officered and enrolled for service when called upon…. [I]f the right were limited to those enrolled, the purpose of the guarantee might be defeated altogether by the action or the neglect to act of the government it was meant to hold in check. The meaning of the provision undoubtedly is, that the people, from whom the militia must be taken, shall have the right to keep and bear arms, and they need no permission or regulation of law for the purpose. But this enables the government to have a well regulated militia; for to bear arms implies something more than mere keeping; it implies the learning to handle and use them in a way that makes those who keep them ready for their efficient use; in other words, it implies the right to meet for voluntary discipline in arms, observing in so doing the laws of public order.”

      Alexander Hamilton To the People of the State of New York: “THE power of regulating the militia, and of commanding its services in times of insurrection and invasion are natural incidents to the duties of superintending the common defense, and of watching over the internal peace of the Confederacy.”

      Tench Coxe, Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788: “Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American… The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state government, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people”.

      (Remember those who serve within our governments are REQUIRED to use the Militia, not create governmental professional law enforcement agencies, nor a standing (permanent) military.)

      St. George Tucker, Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England (1803): “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and this without any qualification as to their condition or degree, as is the case in the British government. — This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty… The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Whenever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction”.

      Joseph Story, “Familiar Exposition of the Constitution of the United States” (1840): “One of the ordinary modes, by which tyrants accomplish their purposes without resistance, is, by disarming the people, and making it an offence to keep arms, and by substituting a regular army in the stead of a resort to the militia. The friends of a free government cannot be too watchful, to overcome the dangerous tendency of the public mind to sacrifice, for the sake of mere private convenience, this powerful check upon the designs of ambitious men”.

      Hope this helps.

      Cal
      If there were never intended to be action to defend the Constitution from those who are domestically attempting to destroy its power and authority, why would each Oath require it of those who take the Oaths?

      Chief Tecumseh: “When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

  7. Need to get the word out that Soros is funding the Ferguson situation. Whoever controls the narrative controls the situation no matter how many OKs are in place.

  8. Oath Keepers are an important group which may be key to helping protect our cities from Soros funded anarchists and radical hate groups such as the Nation of Islam, Black Panthers, etc. Obama and his liberal media want to destroy the organization or target it’s members for harassment from the IRS and other agencies. Recommend that lists of members be regarded as highly confidential

  9. It took the action of traitors to bring this county to its present crisis. A time frame and
    date can be used to identify these traitors.
    1914- The Federal Reserve System is created and given, by the then president,
    permission to print and distribute money needed by the U.S. Government.
    This constitutional action was solely the function of the Congress and there was no
    authority granted to allow any changes,up pops the TRAITORS.

    1914-1918 The 1st world War begins,up pops the TRAITORS.

    1929- According to a statement by former Chairman of the Federal Reserve
    Ben Bernanke,the Federal Reserve caused the Wall Street Crash of 1929.
    up pops the TRAITORS.

    1929-1939 The GREAT DEPRESSION begins and,and according to a statement by Ben Bernanke, was caused by the Federal RESERVE. Up pops the TRAITORS.

    1938- The United States of America was required ,by the Bankers ,Morgan,Rockefeller, Rotschild and Warburg
    to declare Bankruptcy and to name the Bankers as Creditors
    and the people as the debtors. The President of the United States of America signed
    the Bankruptcy putting Americans in a debt that can never be paid. Up pops the TRAITORS.
    The Bankruptcy led to Americans owing “INCOME TAXES”. Up pops The TRAITORS.
    The IRS is created to collect these taxes, Up pops the TRAITORS.

    Whoever controls the money of a country controls the country!

    Taxes amount to trillions of dollars worth of Gold Certificates paid to the Federal Reserve System every year.They do not accept their worthless Reserve notes as payment.
    This is TREASON and is more than enough to destroy the financial system
    of the greatest democracy in the history of the world.
    Thor

    1. @Thor,
      Thanks for sharing, Id read and heard about the corporate constitution, and that those that cause it now supposedly own us, but I say bull to them. I answer to God, not the bank.
      Thanks Again Brother,CB

    2. @Thor,
      Thanks for sharing, Id read and heard about the corporate constitution, and that those that cause it now supposedly own us, but I say bull to them. I answer to God, not the bank.How can some one that stole America say now that they own us as their debtors? I just am not taking that. I really do appreciate you Thor for bringing that bit of history up, but if someone holds up my Granddad 70-80 yrs. ago, steels his farm, and then says that now I owe him. NUTS!!!

  10. I wear a large Oath Keepers patch on the back of my vest when I ride, I often get a thumbs up when people pass me, but that is here in South Texas.

  11. I remember when the Oklahoma city bombing happened there was a talk show that immediately was blaming the Michigan Militia for it without having any of the facts yet. Yes the globalists will demonize any group that promotes the Constitution, Bill of Rights, or encouraging the protection of self and others from tyranny. I thought that was strange at the time but now we see the media manipulation for what it is. Unfortunately they are really good at it and have the funds to support their propaganda. So respond back to their lies in the best way you can!

  12. We need a person of universally respected character to appear as an Oathkeepers supporter to counter the lies being spread. Who? I am working on that. Perhaps 2 people: 1 from the right and 1 from the left. After all, we are not political, but Constitutional in our focus and foundation. Just throwing out an idea.

  13. Hmmmmm…I really don’t like the idea of face book but I have to admit that I have lost a lot of chances to counter negative speech from the nay sayers due to the fact that I cant comment on any of those so called “NEWS” stories because I don’t have a facebook account.
    One commenter here put it best. the bad guys already know who we are and they are the ones who support socialist media the most. So lets turn their own weapon against them. I like it.

    1. Why cant OK use the other social media outlets? I learned about “startpage” checked them out. It’s as good as “gooble” ! Now that is what I use for now on. Just go to “startpage”, type in “social media websites” Check them out. Facebook ain”t the only “duck in the pond” !!

  14. I hear its starting out west again, controlled burn on there own property, feds want to put property owners in jail for 2 years ? its coming!!!

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