Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I'm about to retire from the Army, and will no longer have any "officers appointed over me." But I will still hold myself to my oat the support and defend the Constitution. I'll be moving to the mountain west this summer, and starting my homestead. I've given a lot of thought to what I would do if troops ever show up at my homestead to collect either my guns or my food. It will go something like this...
I walk out to meet the NCOIC of the group of soldiers at the gate of my property. I present my retired military ID, and ask them to recite his oath of enlistment.
If he cannot, I will recite it for him. Then I will ask him to recite the second amendment. If he cannot, I will recite it for him. I will then ask him who the "well-regulated militia" is.
He will probably say it's the National Guard. I will inform him that the militia is EVERY adult citizen who is not a conscientious objector. EVERY citizen should be armed to defend the Republic. I will then ask him what precipitated the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first battle of the American Revolution. If he does not know, I will explain that government troops were sent to seize the CIVILIAN militia's arms, which were not mere hunting rifles, but included ARTILLERY. I will explain to him that these events were fresh in the minds of the founders of our nation when they wrote the second amendment. I will then ask him why a CIVILIAN militia is "necessary to the security of a free state." If he cannot answer, I will explain how many of the states, after reading the current version of the second amendment, wanted to add the phrase, "Because standing armies are a threat to peace."
Adding these things together, it is clear that it was the intention of our founders that the US Military would NEVER be more powerful than the CIVILIAN militia. That our government, in order to be held to "the consent of the governed," that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." I will then ask if they have been ordered to search the property of anyone who does not cooperate. If they say yes, I will ask them to recite the fourth amendment. If they cannot, I will recite it for them. Then I will ask to see their warrant. If they have none, I will inform them that they should return when they have one that specifies what they are searching for, and the specific places to be searched. I will then explain that they are obeying orders that are unlawful; violating both the second and fourth amendments. I will tell them to go back to their commander, and tell them exactly what I said.
Well... Those are some of the things that go through my head when I think about what might happen in the future.
Posted by Oath Keepers at 1:38 PM