In the age of town halls, talk radio and tea parties, middle ground of opinion is hard to find.
Launched in March by Las Vegan Stewart Rhodes, Oath Keepers bills itself as a nonpartisan group of current and retired law enforcement and military personnel who vow to fulfill their oaths to the Constitution.
More specifically, the group’s members, which number in the thousands, pledge to disobey orders they deem unlawful, including directives to disarm the American people and to blockade American cities. By refusing the latter order, the Oath Keepers hope to prevent cities from becoming “giant concentration camps,” a scenario the 44-year-old Rhodes says he can envision happening in the coming years.
It’s a Cold War-era nightmare vision with a major twist: The occupying forces in this imagined future are American, not Soviet.
Well done to them, I say. The thing which distinguishes these from loonies is that they’re law enforcement and military. Now, if you won’t listen to me about what’s going down, when I’ve been saying for ages that FEMA is a monster whose main purpose is to control and command the ordinary citizen, then perhaps you’ll listen to these people whose temperament is not given to flights of fancy.
One of the main reasons people go ahead and obey orders from above to do something obnoxious to their own people is that the ones in the front line were selected to be there, as the types governments like to have at their beck and call.
The type of people who are in Oathkeepers would hardly be likely to be in the front line, once it was known that their mindset was unsound. The people above are vipers – I’ve seen them at it. These Oathkeepers will be picked off behind the lines and there’d be extraordinary rendition and other euphemisms to follow. Standard practice which these OKs themselves would understand.
It’s a fine show they’re putting on but I wonder if they understand the full extent of the evil of the people now in a position to turn FEMA nasty. There is no pity, no compassion whatsoever, only suspicion and fear of the people. Plus the lockholes, to employ a Tolkienism.
Being prepared though is no paranoia.