Rebel of the Week: Oath Keepers

November 9th, 2011

With Veterans Day coming up this Friday, we are honoring Oath Keepers as this week’s Rebel of  the Week. For taking their oaths to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States so seriously that they have openly promised to disobey any orders that violate their oaths of fidelity to the Constitution, the Oath Keepers organization is full of true rebels!

Like many other “rebels” we have lauded on this website, their rebellion is born, not out of wantonness and disorder, but out of their fidelity to order, to the rule of law, and to the principles that made America free. It is those wayward politicians and bureaucrats, and their cheerleaders in the media, those ones who support dismantling the Constitution, who advocate policies that run roughshod over our liberties and the very dignity of our humanity, it is such as these that I would call lawless rebels. But it has been said that the only place for a moral man in immoral times is jail. Indeed, the only name for a man who believes in law and order in these lawless and disordered times is “rebel.” These brave souls, men and women in uniform who serve in our republic’s military or law enforcement agencies, have sworn an oath to rebel against any authority within our government that places itself above the supreme law of the land, our Constitution.

Here is their list of “Orders We Will Not Obey”

1. We will NOT obey orders to disarm the American people.

2. We will NOT obey orders to conduct warrantless searches of the American people

3. We will NOT obey orders to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to military tribunal.

4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state.

5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty.

6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.

7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.

8. We 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.”

9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.

10.We 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.

At the time of the American War for Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote a list of grievances against the King of England and the actions of the soldiers he quartered among the colonists. The Oath Keepers’ list anticipates such abuses in advance and its members swear not to perpetrate them against the people they are sworn to protect in violation of the Constitution they are sworn to uphold.

There are many things that I fear may radically alter our way of life in the few, short years to come. A monetary collapse is chief among them. But knowing that Oath Keepers is out there with a rapidly growing membership assures me that whatever happens, there will be a strong and faithful contingent of uniformed men and women in our Armed Forces who will not under any circumstance be part of any program to overtly oppress the American people. If it ever gets really bad, if the regime in Washington ever overreaches that far and that fast, I know these rebels are prepared to disobey.

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About the Author: Wes

Wesley Messamore, 24, is an independent journalist and political activist who believes in the Founding Father's vision of a free, enlightened, and moral America. He also blogs at