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Returning Fire: Stewart Rhodes with Jesse Ventura

The concerted effort by the Main Stream Media to paint Oath Keepers as “anti-government” and as a “militia” is falling flat on its face as Americans see through the media lies, distortions, and presumptive defamations.

Setting the record straight with Jesse Ventura is Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers:

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After enjoying the above video, check out Jesse Ventura’s “Off The Grid” website.



Elias Alias, editor


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. This is why I joined Oath Keepers to protect the Bill of Rights and our Constitution ! I stand with Stewart Rhodes on this issue. Thank you!

  2. Thanx for that Mr Alias. Always love to hear from stuart. Jesse is pretty cool too. Can I ask what happened to stewarts eye…???? Hope its nothing serious.

  3. Sorry to see that Stewart is having an eye problem, but glad it is not serious!

    Wow! Awesome job Stewart! That was so good, you were quick on the answers and spot on about the US Constitution, Bill of Rights.

    I also like that Jesse Ventura seemed to ask you questions fair and square instead of slanted to try and make a point that is the opposite of what OK stands for as is usually done with media.

    Be nice if he joined as he is in Media.

  4. NVM about Ventura, just went to his site and he is totally incorrect on the US Constitution – and no place for me to educate him so that he would not make BIG mistakes like he did there.

    Hope he learned a lot about the US Constitution from you Stewart! No wonder he was impressed, it was the exact opposite of his “show” on the clerk which showed his constitutional education is lacking a bit – quite a bit – and YOU knew what you were talking about.

    Maybe he will take his own advice and READ the US Constitution, including the Preamble to the US Constitution and the Preamble to the Bill of Rights. Add in some of the forefathers words and he will do much better.

  5. Sorry but i have lost all respect for Jesse Ventura with his attacks on Chris Kyles wife and his love affair with chavez of Venezuela etc.

  6. Well done Stewart. The more information provided the public regarding our true mission, rather than media lies and misunderstanding, the better. Please try pushing for more mainstream media interviews if possible. While this was great, it is still a very limited audience and not reaching nearly enough of our population to counter the disinformation.

    My sincerest prayers for pain-free healing of your vision. God bless and thanks for all you continue to do, despite the health issues.

    Lifetime Member
    Combat Medic
    Vietnam Vet

  7. As a former member of the FDNY, I am proud to be a member of this great organization . This was a great interview.

  8. Wow! Damn proud of Stuart, fantastic job! Jesse Ventura should join OK, we could use more positive exposure from high profile veterans. Regardless of that, keep up the incredible work…oh and that patch screams “don’t tread on me”…. I like that. God save the Republic.

  9. OathKeepers lowered it’s standards when they even sit at the same table with the cry-baby Ventura. Stick to true Americans. I don’t call Cry-baby Ventura a Seal–he has turned into a Special-Ops want to be.

    1. If you had checked what Jesse did was catch Chris Kyle in a lie which was completely fabricated by Kyle, would you have stood for the same if you had been lied about in a best selling book?

  10. Oath Keepers woke me up at the time Stewart founded the organization. I and my loved ones owe a debt of gratitude to Stewart, Elias, Brandon and the rest of the organization.

  11. Ventura is a punk. He NEVER went through BUDS. He was UDT when they they rolled them into the Teams. He never mentions that. He always thought he was better than everyone else. He always fought with everyone. This is not a person you wanted on your six. To this day if I saw him I’d put my fist through his face.

    1. Note to Viet Vet from another Viet Vet —
      I was in-country in 1966 and 1967 with USMC. Since those crazy moments I have tried to learn to forgive my own damned ego and try to see the holy spirit of Love in everyone, which I can usually do until someone shows me that he cannot, or will not, control his own ego. A word to the wise for you, my Brother — wanting to put your fist through someone’s face is an ego-based reaction and a sure sign that one is missing out on a lot of beauty in life. Whilst one’s mind is focused with hate on another’s ego, one’s own ego is preventing Love’s thought system from enjoying its due and proper space inside one’s mind.

      Ventura? Is he perfect? Prolly not, but he has accomplished much, including being elected Governor and becoming his own media voice. He has just done Oath Keepers a huge favor. Is he God? Nope. Is he a perfected Soul? Nope. Is he worthy of our forgiveness of his shortcomings? Yes. Until you and I can boast factually that we’ve not missed some calls or made some mistakes in this crazy world (such as believing in our damned government when we went off to an illegal and highly immoral foreign war), perhaps we should strive to uphold the spirit of forgiveness as we look on our brothers and sisters as Americans.

      Forgiveness is one’s escape from the Past. Hate is the mainstay of Fear’s thought system. You and I are both better than that.

      Welcome Home, Bro. Thank you for your service.

      Elias Alias, editor

      1. I was in country from 31/1/68 till 5/11/72. Why? Because when we landed at Oakland after my first tour there were hippies throwing balloons filled with urine at us. If they want forgiveness they can talk to God, I’ll arrange the meeting. I will NEVER forgive them. Along with Hanoi Jane, Kerry the coward, and this bum. You need to talk to people who knew him. He is scum. Please NEVER have him on again.

      2. Remember that it was “our own” CIA that was handing out those drugs and feeling the minds of the young, and all else that would listen.

        Like you went to fight, some refused to go, others blamed the wrong people as they were directed to do.

        Thank You For Your Service. I also apologize for all the stupid people who were dumbed down by another method and used also.

        Your feelings are directed at the used, instead of at the users. They are still playing their games today on the people, but they now also take it to the children. They are still using the propaganda, subliminals, drugs (only now big pharma and the medical field is drawn in), lies misdirection, etc.

        The enemy is the same people that sent you to fight, and are still sending our people into wars of aggression that the US Constitution forbids. They lie and deceive still.

        Think of this for a minute. What kind of person would think to fill balloons with urine? It was not then the general populace. Honor and faith was still there. They even still believed in those that served within our government. It was the military and governmental propagandists, manipulators who shoved those ideas into those stupid sheep, herded them there, etc.

        They are doing the same things today, except now they are taking the dumb (slow) and the gullible, and making “terrorists” of them. See behind the scenes.

        If you do not think they were manipulating the people, look at Kennedy’s murder and how all the “facts” changed in just hours. That the talking treasonous heads would even go along with it tells you just how far into our US population and lives they had already descended.

        I understand your hate, but please if you can find it in you, aim it towards the manipulators behind the scenes as they are the same ones still destroying our nation and tearing apart our people today.

        They are the same people we must remove from this world in a lawful and constitutional manner. But understand me, hanging IS too good for them for their evil actions. America will never be the same, but she can be careful and good again. She MUST be the shining beacon again, NOT the war machine for those very same manipulators who caused all that to happen, even to your being in a war.

        God Bless You! I will pray for you, our nation; and ask that all else here do so as well, or if you are not religious, will send good feelings toward you as well!

        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.”

      3. Totally agree with your comments! After what this bum has done and is doing to the Kyle family, I will NEVER watch any video or read anything he posts. And if this organization, the Oathkeepers, endorses him, I will withdraw my support.

      4. Elias, it seemed that Mr.Ventura was reasonable in his questions to Stewart and was in no way offensive. The past being past should cause no bias in the coverage given OK.
        Does anyone remember that it was Wm. F. Buckley, Jr. who gave to the ACLU the forum to spread its evil through his “Firing Line” broadcasts. At least Jesse gave the opportunity for enlightenment and learning. Stewart did a fine job. Jesse provided the venue, even though the audience might be small. Any exposure of a positive nature is always welcome. Good job, all.

      5. While I’m a newbie here, I’m no newbie to war or hostilities. After reading your response I felt rather insulted! I can picture you as one of the hippies running up to the national guard members and putting flowers in the muzzles of their rifles and singing a rousing rendition of kum-by-ya! You also elude to the Holy Spirit but in small letters which I find interesting. If you truly understand the Spirit and mindset of God, you’d understand that He is just not about love. He is also about forgiveness yes but also; vengeance, anger, wrath and that little mentioned word; sin. In my experience, this vet is simply expressing anger and NOT ego as you assert.

      6. Is it your intention to censor my comments and differing opinions I have with you have written here but not with others?

  12. Nice job, but Jesse Ventura is a complete idiot for what he did to Chris Kyle, and continues to do to Mrs Kyle. Remember, when Ventura testified in court that Kyle was lying in his book……. Chris Kyle had already been murdered. The jury only heard Ventura’s side of the story. Now that jackass wants a piece of the movie’s proceeds. Ventura should leave Mrs Kyle alone. She’s suffered a lot more than his embarrassment.

  13. Who is Jesse Ventura? Simple answer: This is the guy in a radio interview with that flaming liberal Alan Coombes that called for a “Benevolent Dictator” to take over here in the United States to fix all the problems. I warned Stewart Rhodes and Elias Alias about him years ago and emailed them the link with the Ventura interview. Maybe they forgot he said those words…got to watch the company you keep. Ventura is a closet socialist and always has been.

    1. Short answer for you. Yes, I actually do recall your having sent that notice to me, and I recall wishing Ventura had not said that, for it truly was a slip of the tongue, an incomplete thought process in his head at the time which would have been better left unsaid. I did play the vid and did hear him say it.

      But now let’s look at where the man is at today, okay? I would note to myself that when I quit college and went happily off to war in Viet Nam with the Marines I truly thought I was doing the right thing. It took more than twenty years afterward for me to begin to question the great lie which had caused me to help our God-damned government destroy a primitive nation which we (our government) had betrayed at the end of WWII. If you want to see the truth about that, scroll down my third installment on JADE HELM 2015 to the part in which I expose our promises to Ho Chi Minh when we enlisted his guerrilla army to help us fight the Japanese in Southeast Asia during WWII — scroll down to the part sub-titled: “Taking A Peek At MindWar“.

      So now I’m doomed to live with the knowledge that I helped the “elite” who control our berserk Federal government commit a very evil international war crime for the profit of Wall Street’s military-industrial complex. I am old now, and I don’t mind looking back on my mistake and forgiving myself for having let myself be used by a deceptive government. But I know that I was wrong, that I made a mistake.

      My point is that we all “live and learn”. Old saying — “Anyone under thirty who is not a liberal has not got a heart; and anyone over thirty who is not a conservative has not got a brain”. Age, life itself, grants incremental glimpses of new-found wisdom, knowledge, perception, and spirituality. The man who can grow through his mistakes, can learn enough humility to realize his mistakes and correct them, is a man who is worthy of dignity. I have watched the above video interview between Stewart and Ventura several times, and I am pleased to notice how Jesse Ventura encouraged Stewart to speak his peace — but more interesting to me was the glowing expressions on Jesse’s face as Stewart continued with his rapid-fire and spot-on dialogue in which he was teaching Ventura the innermost purpose of this organization which Stewart founded. Ventura was learning, and it shows on his face. He could see the beauty in the Constitutional system as our Founders had intended when they wrote it.

      Who is to judge a man’s past when the man himself is willing to learn from it and improve his vision, his understanding, his knowledge, his very commitment to life as an honorable person? I truly doubt that Ventura would make that silly statement after talking with Stewart on this interview. And as for the karmic factor involved here, how much more good has Ventura just done for our Constitution by having Stewart on his show? How much good for Oath Keepers has Ventura just done?

      I hope all patriots can forgive me for volunteering to serve in Viet Nam. I am willing to forgive any wild-assed statement by anyone who is trying to learn, who is willing to improve over what he thought yesterday when today’s new light shows him better.

      Thank you for reading here and leaving your thoughts. I hope you can accept some of my thoughts.
      Elias Alias, editor

      1. Elias,
        In reply to your comments on my posting. First: You have NOTHING to apologize for in serving in Vietnam. I too feel victim to the same curse when we landed ourselves in Iraq. Believe me, all of us at the USAIC&FH were scratching our heads when Colin Powell briefed the UN and sold the “weapons of mass destruction” to the world and landed us in another quagmire. We were all asking ourselves, “what the hell is he talking about?”…we all knew it was made up.

        No apologies needed…you did your duty.

        As for Jesse Ventura, let him publicly correct and condemn the comments he made in that interview, and I will give him the “pass” you eloquently suggested to me. The man has to admit those comments were wildly radical and against anything our Founding Fathers would have condoned.

        Master Jack

  14. I can’t believe an organization I am so very proud to be a member of would waste any time on a piece of crap like Jesse Venture. Scum bag who sues a real American heroes wife, Tara Kyle, because he couldn’t stand up to Chris Kyle! Makes me rethink renewing my membership to Oath keepers. Jesse Ventura is a conspiracy theory nut bag . Doesn’t speak for or think like me.

  15. Stewart, I am new to Oath Keepers. I am concerned that if we need to stoop so low as to get in bed with the likes of Ventura…The cause you started is already LOST.

    1. First, it is important that Stewart talk to any interview that lets him get the true information out about Oathkeepers.

      That means that he will (hopefully) be interviewed by some mainstream “talking heads” who by their actions are abetting treason at this time. That does not mean that he should not educate them and the public about Oathkeepers and the US Constitution as it is, not as it is presented to be by those working to destroy our nation from within – Treason.

      Stewart’s message was excellent and easily understood by even those who have been “dumbed down”, and if this gets it out to the public it WILL make a difference.

      1. Cal, I guess those protesting would rather Stewart just talk to the choir. Seems more fruitful to use whatever venue becomes available as was done in this instance. Seems both these gentlemen did a fine job, and no need for recriminations. Can’t see anyone doing any better.

  16. First of all Jesse Ventura is a shill, an actor and a fraud. Want to talk about want to be? He plays Army 4 Star General Ray Odierno. Now I won’t go any further than that, but if he’s dealing with Oath Keepers, that might be your sign.

    Also, as an ‘Oath Keeper’ one would uphold the Constitution right? Well if you call yourself a Neighborhood Response Team do you think you are protected by the constitution? No, you have to call yourself a militia to be within that Constitutional box, plain and simple. If congress called themselves the ‘Washington Debating Society’ would they have any authority to make law? No. Same goes for calling yourselves anything but a militia. Oath Keepers has this all wrong, we need to get the M word our there, yell it loudly, WE ARE THE MILITIA as protected by the 2nd amendment right of the Constitution!

  17. You’re right. I’ve had people in my state raising cain about this. This Schmuck has no business with a mic in his hand. Going after a hero’s widow is as low as you can get.
    Bad move on national’s part on this one.

  18. Jesse is not one of my favorites either, but with all that is being wrongly said about OK, the ability to try and educate is essential. All Jesse was in this was a talking head, firing off the questions for Stewart to answer and educate. I agree, maybe this can lead to more main stream media coverage and an opportunity to further educate the dumb downed masses. Great job Stewart. Jesse could have “set up” Stewart with questions trying to corner him, but he did not. Stewart’s words re-invigorated my beliefs in what we stand for and more specifically what the Bill of Rights and Constitution stand for.

  19. Speaking as a member, not “for” Oathkeepers.

    Oathkeepers is for the CONSTITUTIONAL Militias, but this particular organization is for educating those who take the Oath, or have taken the Oath, and do not understand the US Constitution, and the Oath’s requirements which can be dangerous for the people.

    ~Not understanding the US Constitution, our way of government, and the Oath that here in America those with high grade weapons and under the military/governmental is very dangerous for the general population here. Why?
    – Because a lot of the Oathtakers do not know that the people who are SERVING WITHIN our government are NOT “THE” government so obey the orders of those that serve within it, many times to the detriment of the people they ALL actually serve.

    —- J. Reuben Clark: “God provided that in this land of liberty, our political allegiance shall run NOT to individuals, that is, to government officials, no matter how great or how small they may be. Under His plan OUR ALLEGIANCE AND THE ONLY ALLEGIANCE WE OWE AS CITIZENS OR DENIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, RUNS TO OUR INSPIRED CONSTITUTION which God himself set up. So runs the oath of office of those who participate in government. A certain loyalty we do owe to the office which a man holds, but even here we owe just by reason of our citizenship, no loyalty to the man himself. IN OTHER COUNTRIES IT IS TO THE INDIVIDUAL THAT ALLEGIANCE RUNS.
    THIS PRINCIPLE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE CONSTITUTION IS BASIC TO OUR FREEDOM. It is one of the great principles that distinguishes this “land of liberty” from other countries”. (caps are mine)

    – They do not know enough to understand that there is no such thing as “emergency powers” or “martial law” here, that those are directly against and the opposite of the US Constitution, so can be ordered against the American people which would then make those “enforcers” Traitors. (Two evils can be committed with one act)

    —- Home Building & Loan Association v. Blaisdell, 290 U.S. 398, 425 (1934): “Emergency does not create power. Emergency does not increase granted power or remove or diminish the restrictions upon power granted or reserved. The Constitution was adopted in a period of grave emergency. Its grants of power to the Federal Government and its limitations of the power of the States were determined in the light of emergency and they are not altered by emergency.”

    —- Constitution of the United States of America

    – Today most do not even understand the separation of powers must be through out all of government, including the agencies created to assist those who are representing us in their LAWFUL duties.

    —- Example. The BLM and the IRS are both under the executive branch which is to execute the laws that the ELECTED representatives created. They may not create laws, regulations, codes, etc (legislative powers); nor can they make the decision of guilt or innocence (JURY powers, judicial branch); though it is done today, none of what they do is lawful and is done by force or the threat of force which is *Terrorism. If those who are doing the enforcing refused to carry out those unlawful, unconstitutional things less people would be injured, killed, loss of property, etc as NONE of it was/is lawful from beginning to end.

    — SWAT raids are another good example. No one has the LAWFUL authority to bust into anyone’s homes – be they a house, tent, boat, car, piece of bare land, etc. This is Treason and *Terrorism at its worst, and many have been injured and killed by those actions.
    Read the supreme law knowing that ALL laws,treaties, regulations, codes, etc MUST be in Pursuance thereof it to be lawful here in the USA.

    ~ The Bill of Rights list the Peoples natural rights and protections from all of those that serve within our governments in any position. The Bill of Rights are ABOVE all of those that serve within our governments in any position, and most definitely were NOT delegated to be used by those that serve within our governments except occasionally under only certain conditions and in a specific put-into-writing way. There can be no misunderstanding of these as the Preamble to the Bill of Rights makes it very clear that these are SPECIFIC LIMITATIONS AND FORBIDDENS put on THOSE WHO SERVE WITHIN OUR GOVERNMENTS. That they were NOT delegated to those who serve within our governments – state or general.

    ~Amendment 4: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, SHALL NOT BE VIOLATED, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    ~There are two limitations put on those who serve within our governments stated in this amendment.
    1. ALL US citizens are to be secure in their person, home, papers, and property from unreasonable searches and seizures. Basically this means that the people of THIS nation have the natural right and privacy to go about their lives without worrying whether the government will invade them in the things they do, and this does include traveling in any form. This amendment was to ENSURE that THOSE WHO SERVE WITHIN OUR GOVERNMENTS – state and general – do not trespass on the people, the people’s property in any form, nor take anything from the people without following correct put-into-writing legal procedure.
    2. Those that serve within our governments are forbidden from taking either person or property unless and without first getting a warrant which they are allowed to get lawfully only after proving probable cause. No “third party” involvement allowed.

    ~ This too, unfortunately, is only as valid as the judge is honest since there been many cases in which corrupt judges signed blank warrants, and the details are not filled in until AFTER serving the warrant. Amazingly enough the judges who did these things were never charged or prosecuted because it made governmental professional law enforcement’s job to do easier to do against the people.
    (It is important to note that since the US Constitution forbids those who serve within our governments – state and general – to create any governmental law enforcement agencies that they are the people replacement as the Militia and as such their true and lawful duties are the same as those of the Militias and their ONLY lawful authority is when they keep the Oath, and that they should be doing the duties of the Militia as their replacements which is to;
    == Enforce the US Constitution and each state’s Constitution,
    == Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
    == Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
    == “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”
    Not to enforce “color of law”, pretend laws against the American people.)

    There is much more to add, but I will quit here in the interest of keeping this shorter then a book.

    *28 C.F.R. Section 0.85 Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”.

  20. Why is Kyle a hero? He lied about the incident with Ventura – which is why the former governor won his suit. Where I come form that makes you a sack of feces. Not a hero.

    1. Where I come from, they actually teach us how to spell and use proper grammar! And yes, I think over 160+ kills qualifies as a hero. Even if Chris had lied, to sue a widow during the trial of her husband’s murderer is truly despicable and the work of a sack of excrement.

  21. I can’t stomach Jesse Ventura, going out of his way to sue the widow of Chris Kyle. Just not even right!
    I will not listen to a word from his mouth.. I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire.

  22. I am a former LEO (16 yrs) and I have been looking at OK for several weeks now. I have been researching your organization and vetting it to decide if I should join. I am sorry to say that after seeing this interview with the liar Ventura I must pass on joining. My dad always told me you are judged by the company you keep and if you associate with liars then people will think you like lies. I wish you luck with your cause but I will find another organization to support.

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