Waco Biker Story Brings Out Misconceptions About Oath Keepers
An organization like Oath Keepers can’t exist without attracting opposition, including from people ostensibly on “our side.”
I experienced some of that firsthand when I announced on my Facebook page some weeks back that I would be writing for Oath Keepers, and received a warning accusing this group of all kinds of thing. It turns out he had a personal ax to grind. When I asked him to provide documentation of his accusations, so that everyone exposed to them could validate things for themselves, he suddenly went dark.
I get that good people are going to disagree with each other at times, sometimes strongly and emotionally. When we do, and when accusations start flying, the best thing to do is get things out in the open and then see if allegations can be substantiated. We only do ourselves a disservice if we level charges and then don’t back them up.
Case in point is my latest piece on The Truth About Guns, an article about evident cronyism and cover ups in the Waco Twin Peaks biker case. It’s a story I intend to explore further, including tying to sound out some Oath Keepers in the area, and I saw I wasn’t the only one thinking along those lines.
A comment poster suggested Oath Keepers could help, and that brought about two strong and immediate objections.
“What the Oath Keepers view as unconstitutional is pretty limited in scope and since their ranks are filled with mostly current and former LE, they wouldn’t touch this with a ten foot pole,” one reader asserted. “The Oath Keepers are cool with corruption and abuse of power within Local and State agencies.”
“BINGO! The Oathkeepers is a PAC, nothing more,” another reader weighed in. “Anybody who thinks otherwise is just willfully ignorant.”
I let them know they were commenting on an article written by an Oath Keepers contributor, me, as the most direct refutation of both their accusations I could think of. Another and better rebuttal is a November article by Ed Wilson, “Police Expert: War On Terror Has Turned Our Cops Into Occupying Armies — And We’re The Enemy.”
Of course Oath Keepers cares about local and state corruption and abuse, and is a leader in exposing and opposing it.
“As for the argument that we are a PAC, we aren’t even a Federal income tax exempt non-profit (we are a Nevada non-profit, but intentionally did not seek IRS non-profit status) let alone a PAC,” Stewart Rhodes notes. “We don’t want the IRS to have any grounds for trying to tell us what we can and cannot say or do.”
Still, this is a “lemonade out of lemons” opportunity to educate a wider gun owner readership of the mission of Oath Keepers, as well as to provide real life examples of Oath Keepers making real contributions to advance freedom.
Feel free to head on over to that piece and where you see someone passing on bad information about Oath Keepers, shine some light instead of heat. While it may be tempting to tear into the guy you’re responding to, I’d suggest keeping in mind who you’re really sending a message to: the people reading comments. Reputation management is important to all of us, and to the organizations we are part of. We’re known by the company we keep, so let’s make sure we let everyone know we’re proud to keep honorable company.