Depending on your perspective, the Oath Keepers are either strident defenders of liberty or dangerous peddlers of paranoia.In the age of town halls, talk radio and tea parties, middle ground of opinion is hard to find.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.
"The whole point of Oath Keepers is to stop a dictatorship from ever happening here," Rhodes, a former Army paratrooper and Yale-trained lawyer, said in an interview with the Review-Journal. "My focus is on the guys with the guns, because they can't do it without them.
"We say if the American people decide it's time for a revolution, we'll fight with you."
Monday, October 19, 2009
Who wants to bet that MSNBC will declare these dorks to be the "face of the conservative movement" by the end of the week? Oath Keepers Pledge To Prevent Dictatorship In-US
OK, we'll be in touch. For what it's worth, Homeland Security and the Southern Poverty Law Center are "tracking" these guys, which should do wonders for their 40-watt paranoia.