If you meant what you said when stating your Oath of Office then you could be viewed as an extremist.
“The end of law is, not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is not law there is no freedom.” - John Locke
Last week I sat in a local auto shop getting my brakes fixed when I saw that all to familiar “Ranger Tab” on a business card hanging on the wall. It was next to the Lords Prayer, and other patriotic memorabilia. Being a veteran my eyes immediately notice “army stuff” no matter where I find myself. The owner, in his late-50’s, still wears his former Navy rank insignia (Petty Officer Second Class) on his work cap. Without saying a word, except, “You owe us $178.00,” he expressed non-verbally that he is a Proud American, devoted Christian, Vet, and law-abiding citizen. Who wouldn’t love this guy as a neighbor?
Before leaving I took closer inspection of the “Ranger Tab” and noticed it never said “RANGER”, which is what I always knew the tab to say, but instead said “OATH KEEPERS” along with the website underneath of www.oathkeepers.org - “huh?” My interest was peaked.
I still remember quickly lacing up my combat boots as I was running late for afternoon roll call on that dreadful day, April 19th, 1995 (The Oklahoma City Bombing). As a policeman beginning my career in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, I experienced along with many of you, the change in our profession where domestic terrorism and the militia movement seemed to grow rapidly. We were trained what to recognize as threats, and told to use caution when dealing with militants. My subconscious alarm was triggered when I was at the brake shop that day (as I had been trained to) and I instantly was able to read the environment to mean much more than what non-cops ever could. I thought to myself, “Was this guy a militia member?”
With some reasonable digging I was able to determine that the nonprofit organization “Oath Keepers” was created to draw membership from the law enforcement and military communities with the hope of swelling it’s ranks of those who have either served in uniform, or continue to do so. Their purpose is to make a public statement that those on the tangible edge of defending individual liberties (cops and soldiers, etc.) will honor their service oath of adhering to the U.S. Constitution and not be used as an agent against our citizenry by politicians or those using the political process. Their allegiance is to the Constitution, and not to any man or woman, elected official or not. In particular, they state:
- They will not obey orders to disarm the American people.
- They will not obey orders to conduct warrantless searches of the American people.
- They will not obey orders to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or subject them to military tribunal.
- They will not obey orders to impose martial law or “a state of emergency” on a state.
- They will not obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty.
- They will not obey any order to blockade American cities turning them into giant concentration camps.
- They will not obey any order to force American Citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.
- They will not obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control.”
- They will not obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.
- They will not obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.