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First there was Ruby Ridge...then came Mt. Carmel. Those were the days of Clinton and Reno and bans on weapons. Those were the days of hearings and federal take-over programs such as "Goals 2000".
Those were the days of uneasiness and uncertainty and fear that the central government would oppress and control without delay. In that world the militia emerged. It was my intention when I organized and built the Michigan Militia that it be as fierce and unconventional as it could be. I created an insignia of a snarling wolverine. Many of our members wore patches portraying skulls and other images that were intended to prompt a strong emotional response. I put on many “dog-and-pony shows” for media around the world…and they came! Our exhibitions highlighted our combat-readiness. We were guerilla fighters, slithering through the mud in the dark of night. We wanted to, and did, create an image of battle-ready minutemen who were sending the message to the central government: NO MORE WACOS.
The militia I created was copied across the land. In order to stop the momentum of the growing patriot-in-arms community, a diabolical plan was hatched by the central government to destroy the Murrah Building in OKC and lay it at the feet of the militia. It partly worked. About a third of the militia quit, another third went underground into covert "cell groups," while another third (those who saw what REALLY happened) continued to stand fast and unmovable. Many of those who left realized that this wasn’t paint-ball-in-the-woods-on-the-weekend, but was the preparation for a life or death struggle against an oppressive and increasingly tyrannical central government.
Against the protests of my staff and militia leaders, I voluntarily stepped down after the "Japanese Connection" fiasco. Passing the command of the Michigan Militia, I awaited my trial. After I was reprimanded (which I accepted without contest) a statewide meeting was convened to either elect a new commander or re-instate me as the State Commander.
By this time also, the media had made wreckage of the militia. Every picture of a bloody baby was used to condemn and demonize the militia movement. As intended by the central government, the media created an image, not of the strong and vigilant patriot standing with his musket, but rather of insane animals who endangered the land. The term "domestic terrorist" was coined.
Let me get to the point. The man who won the election ran on a platform of a "kind and gentle" militia that would adopt a highway, or take stuffed animals to kids in hospital. He won by promoting the notion that the militia had a bad image that needed to be changed. He campaigned on the promise that he would fix the militia's image problem so that the militia would become socially acceptable and politically correct.
That was 1996. The militia changed, but the indelible images of bloodied babies and the OKC affair continued to be used whenever a militia unit was caught up in controversy. The central government hadn't changed. We traded Clinton and Reno and Freeh for Bush and Ashcroft and Gonzales. Then came the Patriot Act. Then came the Dept of Homeland Security. Then came the Fusion Centers. Then came Obama and his “rat out your neighbor” Civil Defense Force and the NDAA and the electronic surveillance and recording of every word or deed of the American people BY THE UNCHANGED CENTRAL GOVERNMENT.
It was never my intention to allow the militia to change. In order to give the tyrants within the central government pause while they calculated acceptable losses should they engage the citizens militia, the militia had to retain its fierce countenance and stated goal: to stand against tyranny. We often forget what was the cause for the debate regarding the original militia. Why DID the founders codify an existing natural right of gun ownership. James Madison was a strong Federalist. In his paper called Federalist 46, he assured Anti-federalists that any federal standing army could not defeat a well regulated militia of armed population. I won’t bore you with the entire Federalist 46 but here is the part that refers to, the final protection against federal tyranny. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalist_No._46 During the debates on ratifying the Constitution, Patrick Henry expressed his concerns at the Virginia Convention in Richmond, in 1788. I believe Virginia was the largest State during the revolution. I have read William Wirt’s 1815 book “The Life and Character of Patrick Henry.” On page 195 of my 1841 edition Henry speaks, with clarity, on why the founders codified the existing right of the militia. He states-"My great objection to this government is, that it does not leave us the means of defending our rights, or waging war against tyrants.”
My understanding of the militia is that it is a unique and special body of armed countrymen and women who have a the narrow obligation to “. . .defend our rights. . .or wage war against tyrants.”
To me anyway, I fear the loss of our fierce image and exclusive place in our culture. I’ve seen the move before to change the image of the militia. I agree, it is a burden when the central government controlled media constantly wants to paint us as camo-clad devils. But the fact remains: the central government has not and will not change. It is a beast that consumes power and concentrates it. It is a self-corrupting entity that has no oversight. And, if it is responsible to no one, what then can control it?
Surely one can see that the intended “checks and balances” of the three branches have altogether become corrupted. There are no checks and balances.
With the emergence of the militia back in 1994, things did change. There were no more Wacos, but there were other situations THAT COULD HAVE ERUPTED INTO another Waco-like horror show. There was the Freeman standoff up in Jordon, MT, and the West Texas Republic incident. But these did not escalate BECAUSE the militia was so public and outspoken. Apparently the feds did take the militia seriously, for a while that is.
Here’s another concern. Undoubtedly, there will be those who will refuse to tone down their speech or to wipe the camo paint from their face. What shall become of those? Will the “reformed militia” become a threat to the staunchest of the Constitutions defenders? Would a new militia, seeking to be socially acceptable, go to the extreme of informing on those who will not change? Will there be special and secret deals cut with the central government in order to curry favor through conciliation? Will those who will not change or compromise in any way pull further back from the larger body of militia who want to become politically involved, thinking to change the government by way of the ballot box?
Will we split the militia into two opposing factions, dividing our strength while creating doubt and distrust? These questions need to be answered.
After reading my opinion, one may think that I am simply trying to be my good old disagreeable me.
But I know what I’m talking about. I’m not a spoiler, just a watchman on the wall who has some experience in this matter. I watched all this happen before when the Michigan Militia wanted to re-create its image. Because of the militia’s hard-line image, many lost their job or were threatened by employers. Neighborhood children were not allowed to play with a militia family’s kids. I’ve pastored for nearly 25 years and have seen the congregation dwindle to just a few because of the pressure of going to “that militia church.” When I tried to run for public office, my enemies clipped old newspaper articles cited stories in the paper. I will agree that we are nearing a critical cross-road, but let no one think that we will ever have, as Neville Chamberline proclaimed, “peace in our time.”
In closing, allow me to state emphatically that I have not, do not, and will not trust the central government. The only deterrent to the tyranny of the central government is the militia. I have found that I cannot trust anyone in its many unconstitutional agencies. To me, extending an “Olive Branch” to the central government is a good way to lose ones hand. Moreover, I went into this militia thing back in 1993 and formally put the Michigan Militia together in April of 1994. I may bear the scars of my public and personal battles, and the ignominy of my blunders, but I am unwilling to change. Therefore, I stand….for what else can I do?
Consider me just an echo from the past or a portent of what might be. Regardless, make your decisions wisely.