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Observations On The San Jose Rally


As a father, my primary concern has been, and always will be, for the security and safety of my family. As a Veteran, and now an Oath Keeper, my primary concern is for the security and safety of my community. As such, when Donald Trump came to Burlingame, Ca in late April to address the California GOP Convention I had some concerns about the potential disruptions to that community that could arise from the protests that Mr. Trumps presence was certain to attract.

I was mostly worried about the potential impact to vehicle traffic on US Highway 101 which is the main artery of travel from San Francisco to San Jose. I was only worried because I have a disabled adult son who attends a day program at a facility just minutes away from the hotel where the California GOP convention was being held and he was scheduled to be on the bus traveling home at the time the convention would be letting out.

I don’t live in or near the greater San Francisco Bay area with my son, so on that particular day I was relegated to watching the day’s events, including the large protests, via the internet and maintaining phone communication with my son’s mother to make sure that our son was clear of any of the disruptions. Fortunately, there were no major disruptions that day other than to Mr. Trump’s planned entry and exit route to the convention center. Still, the situation came close enough to my personal little part of the world that it made me look long and hard at the brewing cauldron of discontent that is, by some, being projected upon Mr. Trump.

When I learned that Mr. Trump would be holding a major campaign rally in San Jose in June on a day when I would be visiting my son in a nearby city, I decided that I would drive to the rally location and observe the area surrounding the convention center. I was shocked by what I witnessed.

I didn’t have a ticket to the event, so I decided to find parking as close to the event as I could and just walk around and mingle with the crowds. I arrived after the rally had started, so all I saw at first were several large groups of people milling around outside the convention center. It was clear that the majority of the people in these groups were anti-Trump protesters as there were dozens of signs and banners being waved that clearly indicated such. Some folks were chanting various slogans; both in English and Spanish. Many Mexican flags could be seen waving in the air, but not a single American flag; except for the two I saw being burnt on a small side street a few blocks from the rally.

What really stood out to me while I was waiting for the rally to end and rally goers to start flooding the streets was the amount of distance that law enforcement officers placed between themselves and the protesters. There were very few barriers set up in an effort to keep protesters separate from rally goers and it didn’t seem to me that the Police had done much in the way of preparations for crowd control. I didn’t worry too much about it as I took account of the force size that San Jose Police had assembled for the event, but they were intentionally taking up positions that, in my opinion, made absolutely no sense given my personal assessment of the tactical situation.

Also notable was the amount of Press on hand. The atmosphere within the Press circles was one of high anticipation. It was like a pack of ravenous wolves milling around waiting for an unsuspecting beef calf to get separated from the herd. I hate to use such a metaphor, but there was no doubt in my mind that the Press knew there would be some sensational coverage to get that day.

As the end of the rally drew near the energy of the protesters began to ramp up and I started to feel seriously uneasy. As I was there alone, I decided to fall back from the main body of protesters that had now formed up from several smaller groups. It was evident that many of the protesters were going to mass around the exits of the convention center and I didn’t want to get caught between them and the exits. What was bizarre was that the Police also began to pull back with only a few remaining at the exits. This set up a dangerous gauntlet that rally goers would have to navigate in order to vacate the area immediately surrounding the convention center. When I realized this my heart sank.

I took up position back at my truck two blocks from the rally and just as I was digging my field glasses out of one my gear bags I heard a loud roar come from the main body of protesters. I interpreted this as the signal that the rally was letting out. What I witnessed next was horrifying, but it was hearing the screams of a woman in distress that chilled my blood. I tried to identify where the screams were coming from, but was unable to as they soon diminished and then subsided. Shortly thereafter, people began franticly running passed my location, most of them seemed confused and scared. I scanned the area with my field glasses and within seconds I observed two individuals being harassed by a much larger group of protesters; approximately 25 individuals. Suddenly, one of the protesters moved in close to one of the individuals being harassed, knocked something out his hand—a phone, I think—then suckered punched the guy hard to the right side of his head. The man immediately fell to the ground and the assailant moved nonchalantly back into the crowd. What was so shocking was that there were two police officers on enduro motorcycles about fifty feet away who, seen from my vantage point, had to have had a clear site line on the assault. I’m confident of this because no sooner had the man who was punched hit the ground, the motorcycle officers rode over to him. In doing so they rode right passed the assailant who was making no effort to flee the area or evade capture by the officers on the motorcycles; the officers seemed completely disinterested in the assailant. As far as I know that individual was never arrested.

Since that day we’ve heard from San Jose’s mayor and police chief, and have seen hundreds of video’s online, including one that captured the assault I personally witnessed. Much has been said about the events of that day, but I’m more concerned about the events of the future.

Mr. Trump has made it clear that he intends to campaign hard in California. As a lifetime resident of California I know just how “liberal” the state is; especially the San Francisco Bay Area. The statements and behavior of San Jose’s mayor and law enforcement with respect to the protesters’ violent acts following the Trump campaign rally send an extremely dangerous message; “Violence is Acceptable.” This does not bode well going forward for the Trump campaign, or any citizen who wishes to publically exercise their first amendment right to free speech in support of Mr. Trump; especially in a liberal state like California.

As an Oath Keeper Chapter Coordinator I support our founder’s recent statements concerning the events and aftermath in San Jose, Ca. and I intend to do all I can to continue protecting and preserving the constitutional rights of decent and law abiding citizens within my local community, as well as throughout the state of California. As part of that effort, I am calling on all Oath Keepers in California, as well as across the nation, to act immediately in concert with your local chapter to begin developing active defense plans with strategies and tactics geared to lawfully protecting citizens who wish to organize and meet publically for the purpose of exercising their first amendment rights, and to hold local law enforcement officers and agencies accountable to their oath to the constitution and to their constituencies. We cannot, and must not allow riotous violence to become an acceptable form of political protest in this country.

Dale W,—Amador County, Ca. Chapter Coordinator.


Shorty Dawkins



  1. I am a merchant marine boat captain. Am I allowed to serve as member of Oath Keeper? Are my skills as a mariner useful. I have had gun and bow training.
    Kind regards

    1. One of our founding Board of Directors members was a retired Merchant Marine. Go ahead and sign up, Bro. Thank you for your service.

      Elias Alias, editor

  2. I’ve considered joining Oath Keepers, but I have to wonder what kind of organization it is. All during that ridiculous display in San Jose I kept wondering; where are the Oath Keepers? IMO, there should have been at least 1,000 of you at that Trump rally preventing and putting down the violence that occurred.
    Are the Oath Keepers an organization of action or words? Based on what didn’t happen in San Jose, it seems to be an organization of words.

    1. @ Bob: There are over 1.6 M veterans in California, and another 3/4 M in neighboring states Nevada and Oregon, totaling over 2 M that took the oath. An oath taker does not have to join an organization to defend and live up to their oath, but they can actively express their willingness to help ensure others their constitutional rights are defended. I suggest it is up to the individual and their own conviction and will. Will we allow those punk idiots to intimidate and suppress our right? Not intentionally. Maybe form a group of five or six as buffers to the insurgent cowards who pick on the weak. Many small groups can be very effective.Take a lot of video. Take some drones with video as well. Own the high ground. Don’t talk or react to their rhetoric. Where some eye and body protection.

  3. Sir, apparently you hadn’t heard or you didn’t quite understand. There was coup d’etat. Your government is now run by foreign bankers. Your previous president was a banana republic Marxist who nationalized the banking, insurance, home mortgage, and student loan industries. He nationalized the police through the creation of Homeland Security. (what kind of country even has an organization called homeland security, east germany and america, i guess)
    The current head of DHS is a muslim collectivist. Your current president is a muslim collectivist raised by a commie and trained in a madras. The entire constitution has been made void by the ignoring of every phrase of every article by your “leaders”. But, you are an Oathkeeper, surely you knew this already? I’m concerned that you seem vaguely unawares. Respectfully, it’s really happening, welcome to the third world.

    1. (My opinion, not speaking for OK)

      Or… you do not understand. Oathkeepers was formed exactly for the reason(s) that those that serve within our governments (not all who serve do so knowingly) – state and general (federal) are domestic enemies, corrupt to the core, and some are treasonous in their actions.

      Our government is the US Constitution and all that is in Pursuance thereof it, along with each state’s Constitution, and they are still in cine shape, and will once again be followed. Why will that happen? Because of organizations like Otahkeepers, 3%’s,,, etc, etc.

      You did not say what county you are from, but if from here and speaking as if from another country – why the deception? If from another nation, is the people free there to make choices? Can they bear arms? Own property? Have a business? etc?

      Yes, we here in the USA are having our problems, but (if your from another nation) so are you – the same problems, being put under the rule of those that want to “rule the world” – yeah, that tired old refrain renamed New World Order, One World Government, etc.

      When we get those who SERVE WITHIN our governments arrested, charged, prosecuted and replaced we will be back under the US Constitution and our state Constitutions. You sir, what type of government will your people have after we are the USA again? Because this time the US Constitution will be followed as its words say. As will each state’s Constitution. Our children will be educated as they should be – as Americans – in weapons training, and in the US Constitution, and in the teachings of Jesus Christ and his followers because our country was founded on his teachings, along with others that will also be taught.

      We will be free here, and we will NOT be invading other nations or making alliances other then as regards trade. The UN and NATO will no longer exist because we will NOT be their enforcing arm working against the whole planet to assist in their enslavement. We will have honest elections, and politicians will be tip toeing around for generations as NONE will be trusted and it will be up to them to PROVE everything they say and do. nothing will be hidden as it is OUR information that WE need to know. Every state will have its Militia, and all of America that is able will be trained as they are constitutionally required to be. The ONLY armed part of government will be when they call out the Militia or keep some “on hand” so that we are protecting ourselves from those that serve as our government was set up to be.

      Businesses will open and operate constitutionally, under little if any regulation except the one that ALL Americans are under, Do No Harm to another or their property. That supreme law will not allow for the destruction and pollution of water, air, land, etc. Every single person, particularly those that are in high positions within the Federal Reserve will be prosecuted, as will the FDA, CIA, FBI, EPA, CPS, ETC, ETC, ETC…

      Corporations will be held to the same standards as the American people are, and those that worked to destroy our nation from within will leave our nation and NEVER sell here again.

      Banking, bankers will pay for their crimes. ILLEGAL aliens will be welcome back when they take the LAWFUL and LEGAL way people are allowed into our nation. If the American flag is not good enough for them, go back to their own country and clean it up as we did ours once, and will do again – which is why they wanted to be here.

      We will lead the world by EXAMPLE, not conquest.

      You may have noticed the one good thing Obama and his administration has done, improved the arms industry and its sales. There is a reason for that. Americans rarely start trouble – until these treasonous scum got in and not arrested – but we always finish it. That is our “motto”.

      We will once again have an industrial base because America does NOT depend on other nations carp (deliberate miss spell) that is sent and sold here. American goods once stood for quality, and this world needs quality goods again.

      Our money will be backed by gold and silver as is constitutionally required, and those that served and did not change that will be held accountable for their non actions there, as well as in other things.

      If your from another nation as is hinted at in your comment, try to fix your own nation, and feel free to compete with America. Our values still exist as much as those scum tried to wipe them out. Does your nation have its own core values that comes form the people, or are they told what to value?

      God Bless, and please stay watching as you might learn something from us “yanks”.

    2. Sorry, Dale W., I was a little condescending to the point of being a jerk. The gun control thing has me, err, more than a little agitated. Your points are well taken Cal. By His grace and your leave. Thank you.

  4. The Right’s Post-Constitutional Moment

    Trump’s Cult of Personality Is Corrupting Conservatism

    No one will ever mistake Donald Trump for a student of James Madison.

    The real-estate mogul has demonstrated about as much familiarity with the U.S. Constitution as he has with the Bible, which is to say, none. Trump has captivated a share of the Tea Party with a style of politics utterly alien to the Constitution. In the year of Trump, the Right is experiencing a post-constitutional moment.

    Just because Obama disregards the Constitution doesn’t mean conservatives should.

    Closing down part of the Internet
    Donald Trump has proposed, would be unconstitutional. Not that it seems to have made much impression, on Trump or anyone else.

    The thought you can’t do that doesn’t ever occur to him. He would deport the American-born children of illegal immigrants. He has mused about shutting down mosques and creating a database of Muslims. He praised FDR’s internment of Japanese Americans in World War II.

    It shouldn’t be a surprise that he expresses admiration for Vladimir Putin, a “powerful leader” who is “highly respected within his own country and beyond.” Trump’s call to steal Iraq’s oil and kill the families of terrorists is in a Putinesque key.

    A pure, Trump-style populism is inherently in tension with constitutional conservatism. The Constitution is a device for frustrating popular enthusiasms, as are federalism, checks and balances, and the rule of law. It’s why impassioned factions usually have very little patience for these things, and why they are so central to checking government and protecting individual rights.

    Trump Doesn’t Represent the Conservative Base

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  5. Do not forget the paid mercenaries… ah… protestors in those waiting groups. They are paid more for the disruptions like those that happened in California. Some of this information is coming from corporate news, but that does not mean it is real, but if it is, this is not just happening in California, but all over America. It is just easier in California, and a few other states, to get those more inclined to be violent in their actions when protesting .!

    “Writing in the Daily Caller in March, Trump supporter Roger Stone said, “I learned most were from MoveOn or the Occupy movement … Several admitted answering a Craigslist ad paying $16 an hour for protesters.”

    Stone claimed the protesters were “paid for mostly by George Soros and and pushed by David Brock at Media Matters for America.”

    Stone’s accusations could be supported by the discovery of a Craigslist ad calling for “Temporary paid positions to protest Donald Trump rally” that appeared in Wisconsin in March.”
    Today a man from Trump’s rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona back in March has come forward to say that he was paid to protest the event.

    “I was given $3,500 to protest Donald Trump’s rally in Fountain Hills,” said 37-year-old Paul Horner. “I answered a Craigslist ad about a group needing actors for a political event. I interviewed with them and got the part.”

    “As for who these people were affiliated with that interviewed me, my guess would be Hillary Clinton’s campaign,” Horner said. “The actual check I received after I was done with the job was from a group called ‘Women Are The Future’…. ABC News reached out to Hillary Clinton’s campaign for comment but did not receive a response.”

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