It’s time for me, ladies and gentlemen, dear readers of my blog, to take at least a partial stand.
I’ve been revealing certain elements of my job over the past years.
I’ve been forced, I now reckon, to take something of a much more firm stand that I feel compelled to make publicly.
I am a member of Oathkeepers.org.
From this moment on, I shall likely be the subject of various investigations and some amount of scrutiny both public and private. I may even be investigated, covertly or overtly, by my own department. I know I shall clearly be adjudged by some of those officers around me as an activist and an unwarranted reactionary. I am purposely going to refer some of my department’s officers to this very specific post.
Because I am a law enforcement officer. That, in and of itself, is no great revelation for those who have read me over the past six years, since 2004. Some of my prototypical posts are there at the top right of my sidebar, for you to read.
This is my blog. I get to write here. I get to make certain assertions and allegations. It is up to my readers to determine veracity, standing, opinions, quality, or the lack of all thereof.
At this point in time, however, I deem it necessary to declare, via Oathkeepers:
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.
On their face, clearly logical points on which to decree one’s loyalty.
Now, taken singly or collectively, oaths which may fundamentally threaten the powers currently in federal office.
And how sad is it, in reflection, that I must even remotely fear that any portion of my United States government would take the slightest point of umbrage to those points above — points that I set rolling for the next 30 years in 1980.
When I was sworn in for my current agency as a Deputy Sheriff on March 16th of 1980, I held up my right hand and repeated:
I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States, the State of California, against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
So help me God.
I first wrote of my oath here.
Video of the foundational purpose of Oathkeepers:
Video of Sheriff Richard Mack of Oathkeepers:
My sheriff speaks well but has no such courage. He is not a Drawer Of Lines. He is too interested in cooperative efforts and political ascension and correctness — as are the bulk of police and sheriff agencies across this nation. And that bespeaks volumes.
Who will step up?
Will your Admiral or General or Commander or Sheriff or Police Chief step up?
Who will step up?
Or does it simply get down to you?
The most feared portion of the equation: the individual warrior.
Fellow soldiers, fellow peace officers, are you with me? Do you dare?
If not you, then whom? If not now, then when?