If federal officials show up at my door someday to take away my pellet gun (“Honest, I only used it to knock squirrels off the bird feeder, officer”), I will probably look back and regret the day I wrote a blog about the Oath Keepers.
Even mentioning this topic is probably a fast-lane shortcut to getting my name on that White House list of dangerous conservatives, pro-lifers and right-wing extremists.
To the angry left, the Oath Keepers are tossed in the same shopping basket with the KKK, skinheads and survivalists. But as usual, that’s a hysterical overreaction.
Actually, the Oath Keepers are probably not scary at all to most Americans.
They are active and retired military and law enforcement officers who have sworn an oath to “protect and defend the Consitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help me God.”
That’s nothing new. The oath is almost as old as our country. But the difference is that the Oath Keepers take it seriously.
At the Oath Keepers website, they list the orders they will not obey, including:
orders to disarm American citizens
orders to impose martial law
orders to invade a state that has declared its sovereignty
orders that allow foreign troops on U.S. soil
And others, all listed in the video above.
Here’s what one says:
I am a combat veteran who served in the Army infantry in Iraq from August 2005 to December 2006. I served in Mosul, Tall Afar, and Baghdad. I was a Specialist, and spent most of the time there as an m203 grenadier. I vow to do whatever I must to keep the Republic from becoming something else. Something that calls itself a Republic, but just under the surface it may become a _____ state. You fill in the blank. Marxist, communist, Socialist. At the end of the day it’s all the same isn’t it? I cannot and will not allow this to happen. I will go to any length to see the sons and daughters of this great country inherit a free Republic. I vow to keep the oaths laid out so astutely on this website.
God Bless America!
I suppose the left sees groups like this as kissing cousins of the Clinton-era militias that watched the skies for black helicopters carrying U.N. troops to take over America.
But I see something else. I see people who understand and respect our Constitution enough to pledge that they will defend it. And the fact that so many people think it may soon be necessary to defend it, tells us something about the growing uneasiness about the Obama administration.
There’s a reason ammo and gun sales have been off the charts. There’s a reason middle-class voters have taken to the streets in Tea Party protests. There’s a reason people are so worried about the future. Obama and his Pelosi Democratic Congress have done too much, too fast, in the wrong, socialist direction — bailouts, takeovers, appeasing our enemies, confusing our friends, socialized medicine, unemployment, environmental regulations that increase government pollution in our lives…
I hope and pray we are a long way from the day when a federal official comes knocking to take away my pellet gun or throw me in jail for not having enough government-approved health insurance.
But if that day comes, I hope that officer is an Oath Keeper.