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What is Propaganda? This is Propaganda


Jason Van Tatenhove

“Propaganda” is information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view. Propaganda is often associated with the psychological mechanisms of influencing and altering the attitude of a population toward a specific cause, position or political agenda in an effort to form a consensus to a standard set of belief patterns.

Propaganda is information that is not impartial and is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively (perhaps lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or using loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than a rational response to the information presented.” (according to Wikipedia)


This video is a perfect example of propaganda being put out by the SPLC.

We find ourselves surrounded and inundated by such propaganda everyday. Over the weekend I came across a new video that was making the rounds across social media. It was, of course, put out by the Southern Poverty Law Center and was narrated by “Waco” Jim Cavanaugh. Waco Jim has spent over 30 years in and leading the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. He has been a part of some of our largest government overreaches we have seen in recent generations, including Ruby Ridge and Waco. Waco saw the death of over 80+ men, women, and children. Ruby Ridge saw an FBI HRT sniper shooting a mother with a child in her arms after U.S. Marshals had already shot her 14 year-old son in the back.


Jim was leadership through these actions and now he is again stoking the fire and seeking to further divide us. In this particular video, he speaks on the dangers of a movement of citizens that have come together to stand up against what they see as a government overreach. He begins by presenting the “standoff in Bunkerville, NV of 2014.” What he does not touch on is that the Bundys were literally one of the last families that were still able to make a living in that region through ranching. He also does not show the videos of the peaceful protests that led up to the people combining their First Amendment rights with their Second. This video linked here, clearly shows that the ranchers who came out to protest with the Bundys were specifically unarmed (at first).  It was not until a militarized law enforcement arm of the Bureau of Land Management brought in assault rifles, sniper rifles, attack dogs, and proceeded to tackle a grandmother, who had just survived cancer treatment, and a pregnant woman almost got mauled, that the patriots decided it may be in their best interests to be armed for the sake of self defense, to prevent another Waco-type incident.


I would like to note that it has never been those on the side of the patriots that have initiated violence.  At Ruby Ridge and Waco, government agents fired first, by shooting dogs, and then people.  The government initiated violence in Oregon, where LaVoy Finicum was killed at a road block.  No patriots shot at any government agents, nor at anyone else. The patriots at Bundy Ranch and at Burns, Oregon knew better than to shoot first, because to do so immediately escalates the situation to a deadly force situation. The patriots do not want violence, they just want their government to abide by its founding legal charter and obey their own law. In Oregon the people involved surrendered peacefully. In the video, Jim also mentions the Millers, a husband and wife that killed two Las Vegas Metro police officers in a Las Vegas Cici’s pizza restaurant six weeks after the Bundy situation, and he mentions that the Millers attended the Bundy Ranch protests.  He completely ignores the fact that the Millers were asked to leave by the patriots at the Bundys’ property once it was discovered that Jerad Miller was a felon, and the Millers were never part of the security operation there.  When the powers that be put out this type of propaganda we must do everything that we can to shine the light of truth onto them.

I must ask why is it that the SPLC only seems to direct it’s ire onto groups and movements that fall to the right side of the ideological spectrum. Where are their outcries about Black Lives Matter and other like-minded groups who riot, destroy property, and directly threaten law enforcement and incite others to commit violence against police? The SPLC has never left their Ivory Tower to come out and actually investigate these claims that they make of us all being racists who want to overthrow the government. Both of these claims are just plain false. Anyone who has spent any time with the patriot groups knows that they are comprised of many colors (for example, on our “About” page, you can see interviews with black Oath Keepers including footage of black Oath Keepers veterans at Bundy Ranch). In a recent documentary co-produced by the SPLC “Hate in America, A Town on Fire” they had the audacity to show an image of so called racists that included three friends of mine from Montana an Idaho.  One is Hispanic, one is Canadian and one, through marriage is the only “white” person in his family. But it does serve as a great illustration as to just how wrong the SPLC gets things.  I, for one, have never wanted to overthrow the government. I just want to see them do a much better job and follow the laws that our founders set forth, and in particular, the Constitution, which is the Supreme Law of the land!


This type of one sided video serves to further divide us along racial, political, and social lines. Make no mistake there is an agenda to divide us, because the powers-that-be know that we are much easier to control when we are fighting among ourselves. I implore all of you to reach out across socioeconomic lines and across blue lines. Take the time to get to know and listen to each other so that we might understand each other a little better as Americans. Dismiss the one sided propaganda.

NOTE FROM STEWART:  Please see my response to this SPLC hit piece here.



Stewart Rhodes

Stewart is the founder and National President of Oath Keepers. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. He is a former firearms instructor, former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.


  1. Really good piece, Jason. Their propaganda machine is highly organized and coordinated. It is embedded in government and main stream media as well as other alternate media. It is well funded by our taxpayer money and by globalists. The best description I can give to our propaganda efforts is totally ‘grass roots’.
    It would be good if you could stay on this topic for a while, Jason. You might want to touch on the fact that propaganda can be based on total lies. You might even want to explore the subject of creating human events in support of a particular propaganda initiative, such as a false flag event. You might even want to explore the fact that propaganda initiatives and psychological operations can work together in support of an agenda.
    It is an element of warfare. The message is the ordinance and the media is the delivery system. It is much more important that most people think. History shows us that it can be the difference between winning and loosing a war.


    1. yoda, I need to research how psy and propaganda operations work together as a dynamic historically. If you have any suggestions for research material I would certainly be appreciative.

  2. Jason – Excellent article! It is taking a lot of folks way too much time to wake up to the reality that “there is an agenda to divide us, we are much easier to control when we are fighting amongst ourselves.” You article applies to so many of the engineered conflicts we see coming from Government and the various social movements.

    1. NJ, I have seen so much of these tactics used first hand from the Bundy Ranch going forward. It is a brave new world, however, this time the propaganda machine is targeting ‘We the People’ instead of a foreign enemy which for me particularly alarming. I appreciate your comments and am glad to have you writing your own articles here, you bring a lot to the team!

  3. “…, he speaks on the dangers of a movement of citizens that have come together to stand up against what they see as a government overreach.”

    /Sigh This is WHY the Constitution of the United States of America is in writing. If what is being done by those that SERVE WITHIN our governments – state and general (federal) – then it is “governmental” overreach. This is why “domestic enemies” are listed within each Oath, not just foreign ones. So how do you counter traitor and *terrorist Jim Cavanaugh?

    What one does is to compare the duties assigned to the branch or office within a branch from the CONTRACT that they are not only under, but Oath bound to, with their actions/words/etc. (If one has to add an explanation, framers or EARLY court quote to backup what is being said to counteract the domestic enemies or traitors words to emphasize the point to the “dumbed down” then do it.

    Never accept what may be treason, or other crimes against the American people, against their legitimate government because it is presented as “politically correct”. Example, when those that SERVE WITHIN our governments announced that Obama had “assassination powers”, you know, First Degree murder “powers” everyone should have immediately made a point of showing exactly why that is not only TREASON, but *Terrorist activity on his part against ALL Americans.

    When the SPLC and other treasonous organizations, when those who serve within our governments, etc support and defend treason, *terrorism within the USA against Americans we also need to start CHARGING them PUBLICLY with their crimes, post the legal documents along with why this is NOT “color of law” here in America. This does a few things, with the first being letting the American people know that LAWFUL means are being pursued to remove criminals serving within our governments in a manner they understand today. Educates them in the supreme law of our nation, the highest law of the state they reside in. gives them confidence in what is being done is LAWFUL and LEGAL so that they can back it.

    “… why is it that the SPLC only seems to direct it’s ire onto groups and movements that fall to the right side of the ideological spectrum.”

    (My opinion) Because there is no “right” or “left” side here in America as that is part of the propaganda divide and conquer bull excrement. Here in America there is those who stand for our legitimate government – the US Constitution and all that is in Pursuance thereof it, the state Constitutions; and those that are working to destroy it from within/without; then there are those who take no stand at all.

    Our first move under our US Constitution is to press charges (this is what I believe, am I correct Dr. Vieira?) To enforce them with the full backing of our legitimate government – the US Constitution – requires the “regulated” Militia. (trained as the congress requires the military to be trained and educated in the US Constitution and their own state’s Constitution. like any criminal that is charged, depending on what the charge is, they may/must be arrested and go through the CONSTITUTIONAL judicial process. The amount of force needed is up to those so charged as it is with any charged with a crime.

  4. Okay. I watched the video twice. I tried not to get so upset. It didn’t work. I’m mad as hell. We can’t let this one stand without a response. I’m talking about a direct response to every single allegation. The propaganda war is raging and we have to win it. That video is totally professional. They did a great job of presentation. We have to do at least that well.

  5. This is a VERY well done PROPAGANDA video. Oath Keepers BETTER do one to EDUCATE others quickly before it’s too late. Just Posting these articles is not enough. Those of us at the local level NEED help from National.

  6. The target audience of this video is law enforcement officers so I would assume that it is being disseminated down through all levels as a training video. Therefore we can also assume that we are officially declared to be ‘anti-government extremists’.
    The video says that we are basing our extremism on ‘our interpretation’ of the Constitution. My response is that the Constitution cannot be ‘interpreted’. It is the standard by which all subsequent laws are interpreted. Standards must be easily understood by all. Do you interpret an inch? How much does a pound weigh? What is the volume of a gallon? You can easily see how stupid that argument is?
    Now we know that we are ‘pro’ Constitution. We declare our allegiance to the Constitution and not to the government. Our actions are based on the defense of the Constitution. So now our government officially declares us to be ‘anti-government’ because we stand in defense of the Constitution. This leads me to a conclusion. IF standing in defense of the Constitution IS anti-government. THEN the government IS anti-constitutional. Now I didn’t swear an oath to protect and defend the government. I swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. And that would require that I have the ability to understand and comprehend the Constitution in order to defend it. How arrogant can the government be? This is the arrogance of ‘the Crown’. Clearly the government has lost touch with ‘We the people’. They believe it is their right to rule over the people. I say that government was created to serve the people. How about you?

    1. With the general government’s plans to militarize and nationalize police and sheriffs departments, that audience will become a captive audience. Possibly, the only way to counter will be individuals getting to know local law enforcement members and their chiefs, letting them know what has, is, and will be done that is not in accordance with the Constitution. That means that we must know what it says and what it mean first, then showing where the abuse arose. Look to the Congress as the first offenders.
      Stewart and Jason each have addressed the problem through efforts of the SPLC. Now, it’s up to the rest of us to do our part in spreading the word.
      For my part, I have held classes at the local H.S. on Constitution Day (Sept. 17th) to seniors and juniors who soon will be able to vote. The response was a pleasure to behold. Further plans are to see how many deputies and officers and firefighters will be willing to assist in that endeavor. The more the merrier and the more agreeable will be those who bother to become envolved. Giving these others an opportunity to study, learn, and to teach the Constitution may well start a trend. Sure, it could all come to nothing, but it’s without risk. No one is likely to get shot.
      Thanks to all you who bother to research these articles and keep us enformed. You are doing a great job. Now, it’s time to sing outside the choir, to the great unwashed masses who are “we the people,” and who are employers of the public servants that are in revolt.

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