A Snowball Named Reuters

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015, was quite the day for Oath Keepers.  On Monday the 10th, four of our members had served as body guards at Ferguson, Missouri, for a news crew from InfoWars dot com. The whole of the Oath Keepers organization did not pile in and clog the streets. Only four Oath Keepers were working that detail, as a favor to journalists who were concerned about their safety.

I say, “only four”, just to denote that the organization did not muster forces for another security detail. The four were acting locally, at the request of InfoWars, and were doing so because there had already been trouble for some journalists in Ferguson. I say, “only four”, but that is not to understate the highly professional work our four Oath Keepers did there. Oath Keepers national is proud of the quiet professionalism, cool-headed methodology, and expert deportment of those four Missouri Oath Keepers.

Led by Sam Andrews, these brave men carried out their mission, and the journalists they were guarding were kept safe in the midst of yet another Ferguson, Missouri, riot. At the core of Sam’s and his pals’ mission were journalists, so let’s talk a bit about journalism in America. I would like to share something from the  U.S. Congressional Record of February 9, 1917, page 2947.  One may search for this quite easily and bring up many results, but I like the simplicity of how the good folks over at Mindfully.org posted it.

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The CHAIRMAN: The Chair will recognize the gentleman from Texas, a member of the [defense appropriations] committee.

Mr. CALLAWAY: Mr. Chairman, I ask unanimous consent to insert in the Record a statement that I have of how the newspapers of this country have been handled by the munitions manufacturers.

The CHAIRMAN: The gentleman from Texas asks unanimous consent to extend his remarks in the Record by inserting a certain statement. Is there any objection?

Mr. MANN: Mr. Chairman, reserving the right to object, may I ask whether it is the gentleman’s purpose to insert a long list of extracts from newspapers?

Mr. CALLAWAY: No; it will be a little, short statement not over 2 ½ inches in length in the Record.

The CHAIRMAN: Is there any objection?

There was no objection.

Mr. CALLAWAY: Mr. Chairman, under unanimous consent, I insert into the Record at this point a statement showing the newspaper combination, which explains their activity in the war matter, just discussed by the gentleman from Pennsylvania [Mr. MOORE]:

“In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, ship building and powder interests and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press in the United States.

“These 12 men worked the problems out by selecting 179 newspapers, and then began, by an elimination process, to retain only those necessary for the purpose of controlling the general policy of the daily press throughout the country. They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. The 25 papers were agreed upon; emissaries were sent to purchase the policy, national and international, of these papers; an agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.

“This contract is in existence at the present time, and it accounts for the news columns of the daily press of the country being filled with all sorts of preparedness arguments and misrepresentations as to the present condition of the United States Army and Navy, and the possibility and probability of the United States being attacked by foreign foes.

“This policy also included the suppression of everything in opposition to the wishes of the interests served. The effectiveness of this scheme has been conclusively demonstrated by the character of the stuff carried in the daily press throughout the country since March, 1915. They have resorted to anything necessary to commercialize public sentiment and sandbag the National Congress into making extravagant and wasteful appropriations for the Army and Navy under false pretense that it was necessary. Their stock argument is that it is ‘patriotism.’ They are playing on every prejudice and passion of the American people.”

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So we see that in 1915, one hundred years ago exactly, Mr. J.P. Morgan was inspired to dominate the American press. He wanted to “control generally the policy of the daily press in the United States.

Wow. Here we have one of the, as John Taylor Gatto calls them, “four great coal powers of the 19th Century”, deciding to use his wealth to buy into the editorship of the American press to a significant degree, sufficient to control the general message put forth in the newspapers around the nation. (The other great coal powers of the 19th Century were Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Ford — all having created the Great Tax Exempt Foundations for the purpose of organizing American society according to the wiles of the ‘Elite’.)

Why would Morgan want to do that? J.P. Morgan, a junior liaison here in America for the Rothschild dynasty of Europe, was already fabulously wealthy.  Yet he had been smitten with idea of leveraging the American press to affect the collective consciousness of the American people. In other words, he saw a way to influence people’s perception so that what the people were thinking was conducive to a desired policy. Let us note that at this time the Federal Reserve System was less than two years old, and America had not yet been committed into World War I, which was already thundering in Europe.  Those are two important parts of the picture.  Precursor to what Dwight D. Eisenhower would later dub “the military-industrial complex”, Morgan’s “interests” as one of this nation’s most prosperous banking concerns was to insulate a perpetual market for the arms industry, prior to creating the public perception necessary for the consensus President Woodrow Wilson would call upon when sending this unwitting nation into the hell of World War I.  War would be good for the banking game, and it also would be profitable in terms of “political capital” in Washington D.C. Morgan could finance (for an interest charge) an uptick in war materials production, while the political machinery could concentrate and centralize executive power at the White House, which was itself the reason Wall Street (and Edward Mandell House) had groomed for and placed within the White House President Woodrow Wilson.

America’s newspapers were to prepare the way. It was a psychological operation from the get-go. And, as always, the American people bought it. We were dragged reluctantly into WWI and the fat cats of monopoly capitalism danced to the bank on the backs of the common folks’ husbands, fathers, and sons who answered the call to arms by a complicit government. Well, that was then, and this is now.

I share these musings with the reader because late last night, in the wee early hours of pre-dawn Tuesday, August 11, 2015, I came across a “news” article at the Reuters website. (As your friendly editor, I have to read tons of stuff every day, yes?) This article at Reuters was not very friendly to Oath Keepers, but there is more to it than that. Before we look  into Reuters’ handiwork, let’s set the standard of truth regarding our guys in Ferguson. To do so, here is an excellent interview of Sam Andrews by Jason Van Tatenhove, Oath Keepers video and public relations specialist. After viewing this video, compare the news coverages I’ve listed below, and draw your conclusion about the obvious.

I have seen how a small clump of snow, when rolled downhill on a wintry mountainside, can start an avalanche. That is an apt metaphor for what Reuters has just done. Here is the link to their lead story.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/11/us-usa-ferguson-oath-keepers-idUSKCN0QG0SG20150811

Scott Malone did the deed. The headline looks like this:

Heavily armed ‘Oath Keepers’ inject disquieting element in Ferguson

That article was the “snowball”. I’m not sure how one could say anyone could “inject disquieting element” into a darned riot — seems to me that a riot is already full-blown “disquietness“, yes? But for Reuters it was easy to figure that four armed men in the midst of the riot threw the whole party into disarray. The mountainside down which the Reuters snowball was frivolously tossed was the great abiding Racial Divide which has been engineered by the media and press for a hundred years.  Just as J.P. Morgan’s twenty-five editorships in 1915 paved the way for a duped American public to put up with the insanity of going to war in Europe, this article by Reuters has shouted slander against Oath Keepers from its peak position in the news world, and it’s echo is now ringing through the hills and valleys across the nation into everyone’s local newspaper, or at anyone’s online news source.  Carelessly, Scott Malone issued the “license” for junior news outlets to exaggerate with little need for imagination.

He was inspired, from out of the blue it would seem, to publish a silly, unfounded, and treacherously-defamatory statement about Oath Keepers which he must have stumbled upon at the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center). Here is their contribution –

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit civil rights organization, has described the “Oath Keepers” as a “fiercely anti-government, militaristic group,”….

I am guessing here, but apparently the SPLC has never considered that Oath Keepers might be one of the most “pro-government” groups in America, which is obvious to we who believe that the Constitution is the highest law of the land. SPLC shall some day realize that Oath Keepers is not “anti-government”, but is instead “anti-criminality-in-government.” We want the damned government to obey its own founding legal charter. That is totally “pro-government”, yet SPLC refuses to consider that sort of logic. And while we’re here, let’s note:  For some reason, our name has to be enclosed now in quotation marks, the very subconscious trick the SPLC does with the word “Patriot”. Notice below how that meme is picked up and carried by many junior news articles as an echo to the Reuters clarion call. But also notice how articles across the nation generally, with few exceptions, simply parrot the main points of the Reuters article, mimicking the tone, mood, color, jist, and attitude Reuters offered them.

  Examples:

FOX NEWS kept the SPLC tirade out of their coverage, but heralded Chief Belmar’s resentment that ordinary citizens would dare offer help to keep the peace. (Recall, Oath Keepers exposed him last year as a Federal stooge, so he’s a bit miffed at us.)

Oath Keepers arrival at Ferguson protest ‘inflammatory,’ top cop says

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/08/11/oath-keepers-arrival-at-ferguson-protest-inflammatory-top-cop-says/

NPR:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/11/431523588/more-than-20-arrested-in-ferguson-armed-oath-keepers-walk-streets

 More Than 20 Arrested In Ferguson; Armed ‘Oath Keepers’ Walk Streets

NBC:

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/michael-brown-shooting/oath-keepers-turn-michael-brown-protests-ferguson-missouri-n407696

Oath Keepers Turn Up at Michael Brown Protests in Ferguson, Missouri

Quoting: Heavily-armed members of a controversial right-wing “patriot” group added an extra dose of unease to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, early Tuesday. … However, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar described their presence as “both unnecessary and inflammatory.”

Protesters and police confirmed that a handful of Oath Keepers with what appeared to be assault rifles, bulletproof vest and camouflage gear were seen early Tuesday on the streets of Ferguson, which was under a state of emergency…

OLD SCHOOL 105.3

Who Polices Who? Everything We Know About The Oath Keepers Patrolling Ferguson

http://oldschool1053.hellobeautiful.com/3142438/who-polices-who-everything-we-know-about-the-oath-keepers-patrolling-ferguson/

CBS NEWS:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/presence-of-militia-style-group-oath-keepers-in-ferguson-questioned/

Presence of militia-style group in Ferguson questioned

Quoting:  In the midst of a spasm of tension in Ferguson, Missouri, on the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, several heavily armed men carrying assault rifles and flak jackets appeared, and they weren’t cops….One member of the militia-style group described the Oath Keepers as constitutionalists…. They come from what was a general rise in sometimes-violent anti-government activity in the Inland Northwest. After a lull following the demise of the Idaho-based neo-Nazi Aryan Nations in 2000, anti-government and white supremacist groups and individuals saw a dramatic uptick in activity and organization. The Oath Keepers appear to still be active in multiple parts of the country. Last week, they were among several similar groups involved in a dispute in Montana over a mining claim.

People Magazine feels that the riots must be all the fault of Oath Keepers:

Dozens Arrested on Fourth Night of Ferguson Protests as Armed ‘Oath Keepers’ Inflame Tensions

http://www.people.com/article/two-dozen-arrested-ferguson-oath-keepers-inflame-tensions

The “Washington Times:

‘Oath Keepers,’ heavily armed former military and police, turn up at Ferguson protests

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/11/ferguson-protests-oath-keepers-heavily-armed-forme/

The Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2015/aug/11/ferguson-armed-oath-keepers-we-are-here-to-protect-people-video

Ferguson anniversary: white militiamen roam with rifles while black men wrongly arrested

To give credit where credit is due, the Washington Post  has published the most objective coverage (among the mainstream press) of the Oath Keepers presence in Ferguson on Tuesday: They did parrot some of the common memes, and referred to us as a “militia”, which is of course totally untrue, but they also gave readers a look at the bright side of Oath Keepers, and even published three videos showing our guys visiting with black citizens and talking about today’s problems in general. You’ll want to watch those videos, at the link below this headline.

Who are the Oath Keepers, and why has the armed group returned to Ferguson?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/08/11/who-are-the-oath-keepers-and-why-has-the-armed-group-returned-to-ferguson/

Quoting the two predominant anti-Oath Keepers memes:

Citizen militia group returns to Ferguson

The Southern Poverty Law Center, however, describes the Oath Keepers as a “fiercely antigovernment, militaristic group.”

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Liberty News was favorable for Oath Keepers:

Oath Keepers Derided In Ferguson Despite Message Of Unity

 http://liberty-news.us/2354/oath-keepers-derided-in-ferguson-despite-message-of-unity/

AlJazeera hinted the Race Card while mimicking Reuters et al:

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/8/11/armed-white-oath-keepers-arrive-in-ferguson.html

Oath Keepers return to Ferguson, fueling racial tension

There is an endless list of published articles spreading the basic memes of the original Reuters article. Having viewed the video above on this page, we now can see how propaganda persistently pumped through the public press is literally designed to forge perceptions of the national collective consciousness. For the most part, the establishment’s press happily defames Oath Keepers by posting half-truths, outright lies, exaggerations, spin and distortion. Just as the J.P. Morgan conspiracy of 1915 had a goal, I think it is apparent that someone atop the pyramid of the power of the press may be deliberately using the network of media/press to deny the truth about Oath Keepers and to plant subliminal suspicions about Oath Keepers in the public mind. It’s almost as if somebody at the apex of public policy in America doesn’t want Oath Keepers to have a snowball’s chance in Hell.

To their chagrin, Oath Keepers is experiencing a boom in new memberships as people see through the treachery of biased press coverage. People like Sam and his pals in the Missouri Oath Keepers chapter stand tall through the storm, and Oath Keepers national is proud of them and the good work they do.

Salute!

Elias Alias, editor

 

 

Comments

  1. bastetkitty 12 August, 2015, 12:38

    I’m on this .. wakening everyone up to the truth about what is going on referring them to infowars.. one thing I’m noticing is 90% of the comments are defending our group and know we are there to help ,not race bait like geroge soros and al Sharpton. last night infowars streamed all the interviews so people can see what really went on .. OK # 30714

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  2. Moman 12 August, 2015, 13:21

    Not to offend Author of above article, but under legal definition in the constitution, your members make up what is called an “organized” militia since many members careers are currently over they are now again, civilians, and as trained civilians they fall under the training requirement guidelines of Article 1 Section 8 for what is defined as the “organized militia”

    I understand the term has become perverted so you may not like to be associated with it currently, but it is what it is.

    just like the armed citizens without “proper” training also fall under constitutional guidelines for the “unorganized” militia.

    effectively, any armed member of society (see citizen/civilian) is a member of either an organized or unorganized militia. But alas, I wouldn’t’ want to be labeled as one either with the current media attitude towards it.

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    • Mister Miller 12 August, 2015, 21:02

      I made a comment on this below, but it didn’t seem to go through. Likewise with the quoting of “patriot”. Most patriots are self-proclaimed. There is no objective test for “patriotness”. It is put in quotes because the person or organization considers themselves to be a patriot. In essence, you are quoting the self-identification. It is not a subconscious undermining, as you seem to think.

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      • Moman 12 August, 2015, 22:03

        I am not exactly sure what you are trying to portray here sir, are you saying they are not organized militia because of self proclamation, or because they are not wanting to associate with the media induced definition? or that they actually aren’t a militia?

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    • Elias Alias Author 13 August, 2015, 09:53

      Moman, the author is not offended, and trusts that the commenter shall also not be offended if I share some tidbits of reflection upon the militia thingy in general.

      Before I say more, however, allow me to reference readers here to the works of Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr. His books are here –

      https://www.oathkeepers.org/oath-keepers-academy/edwin-vieira/

      Dr. Vieira has compiled many years of academic excellence in his books, has specialized in the Colonial culture in which the Constitution was born, and is in my opinion the finest and most reliable authority on the Militia of the several States writing today. I would urge all reading here to go to his page where active links to Amazon dot com accompany the titles of his books. A really great book to discover is his “Constitutional Homeland Security”. In that book he lays out the basics of the “Militia System”, and reveals how it can be embraced today for the benefit of correcting the course of American governance. Dr. Vieira gives us the solutions to problems such as police brutality and the militarization of our local police, among numerous other benefits which would naturally arise if and when this nation returns to the system the Founders created, which is the Militia System.

      I am not a very good student, and I’m old and slow and have an absent memory, but the essence of what I’m going to suggest to you is actually akin to the neuro-osmosis of an old man’s mind which has read much of Dr. Vieira’s works. I trust I shall not misinterpret his meaning.

      First, regarding your statement that — “…our members make up what is called an “organized” militia since many members careers are currently over they are now again, civilians, and as trained civilians they fall under the training requirement guidelines of Article 1 Section 8 for what is defined as the “organized militia”.

      I must offer disagreement. An “organized” or “well-regulated” Militia is not simply men who when combined have a certain group of skill-sets, but rather would be a Militia which functions out of a State Militia Office at the State’s legislature. (I understand that there is also another level of perception on this, and I include that too when speaking among those who also realize it, but I’m trying to keep from going all over the place with this reply.) That would be a State Office for the Militia of that State, and it would have a roster of all members who applied/registered as members in the State’s Militia. Those Militia members, by virtue of registering with their State Militia would be granted certain “immunities” and would also enhance their voices in the running of their State government, for all registered members of the State Militia would be members in the government, which is the genius behind Dr. Vieira’s (and the Founders’) vision for the Militia — the perfect way for We The People to take back our governments at the State level and thereby, relying on the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, curb the illegal travesties which mark Federal antics in recent decades.

      Here are clauses 15 and 16 in Article I, Section 8 —

      [The Congress shall have Power To…]
      Clause 15: [ ] “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;”
      Clause 16: [ ] “To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;”

      Regarding any concern about being associated with the “M” word, it is an honor for any citizen who loves the Constitution and the system of government that Constitution created. How dare anyone denigrate a word which is mentioned so often in the Constitution, eh? “Militia” is a fine word, and a hark-back to the moral and ethic codes of our Founding generation’s greatness. It denotes personal responsibility and a community sense of duty. It is the only thing that the Constitution says is “Necessary” for the “Security” of a “free State”. Any progress toward the refreshing of the Founders’ culture in today’s America would effect some degree or another of “healing” for this nation’s woes.

      The reason Oath Keepers is not a Militia is simple — among other considerations, we do not have a command structure, do not assign Militia rank designations or titles, and we are not a division of any State Militia Office, since to the best of my knowledge those no longer exist in modern America. Oath Keepers loves the name “Militia”, but Oath Keepers is not a Militia. We would, however, love to see every State have its Office of the Militia, for we do honor out Oath to the Constitution which requires the Militia. Why else would the SPLC and DHS hate our guts, eh? 😉

      One last consideration e’re dashing off to other work here — the “unorganized Militia” is a fiction created in 1903 with the Dick Act. That nefarious Act was an Act designed to disempower the States’ Militia. Constitutionally speaking, Article I, Section 8 does not create an “unorganized Militia”. I am open to instruction should anyone wish to correct me.

      Thanks for reading and commenting here Moman.
      Salute!
      Elias Alias, editor

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      • Moman 15 August, 2015, 19:36

        In consideration of your reply, yes you are correct, you are not EXACTLY the organized militia as defined exactly.

        but are one of the closest to it within this modern day and age, despite lack of ranks or filing with state militia offices.

        and I thought the Unorganized militia of the people was mentioned in the federalist papers, I may have to recheck though, been going through a lot of history lately, primarily in the Christians crusades versus the Muslim conquests. ( 1400 years for an empire is pretty long, and the death toll from it is drastic) so my memory on other matters of history is fuzzy. that and I don’t get much opportunity to discuss it so it slowly fades as well.

        I enjoy your reply and thank you for it.

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  3. Casey Stubbs 12 August, 2015, 13:37

    yes they are out to get you guys for sure. I posted one of the articles on twitter saying how much I love the work your doing….

    I got attacked. I was called everything from a white supremacists to racist to Charles Manson.

    Anyways keep doing a great job. Thank you!

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  4. Yoda 12 August, 2015, 13:44

    I have concluded that it is impossible for me to get ahead of you on anything, Elias. Incredible job you are doing. Once again, I’m saving your response to my hard drive as a weapon of response to the willful idiots and those good men and women who just haven’t ‘gotten it’ yet. God bless.

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  5. Thinker 12 August, 2015, 13:53

    I agree; reading the comments on the articles posted in media outlets throughout the U.S. shows overwhelming support for Oath Keepers.

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  6. Doc 12 August, 2015, 13:57

    Absolutely amazing the level of misinformation being put forth as “truth” in the “press” What ever happened to the responsibility of journalists to report the truth in order to keep the Citizens of the US informed. We have entered an age no more enlightened than the Soviet press. “Pravda” was their main outlet, the name meant “truth”. Those Oath Keepers in Ferguson and in general have served their country and sworn to defend the Constitution, the very heart of our nation, with their lives. Where were these malignant jerks when these Oath Keepers were stomping around the Middle East or patrolling the streets of New York and Chicago in uniform? To say the “Press” should be ashamed for this defamation is the grossest of understatements.

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    • Down to Earth Thinking.com 12 August, 2015, 16:20

      @ Doc , I have written many commentaries about PRAVDA/MSM ? Which is what we call journalism here in USSA today. This is no surprise at all, that we would see distortions and lies from supposed journalist ? Few people fully grasp what exists and do not understand the power of PRAVDA/MSM. It is the real source of power of the control freaks in government and folks like SPLC and others. Let me explain a bit deeper.

      PRAVDA/MSM can create any dialogue or narrative they deem necessary to accomplish their agendas to be spoon fed to the masses. It is no different at all than the former Soviet state circa 1950s, 60s, 70s ! Purely the propaganda arm of the government and the corporatocracy we all live in these days, to control all thinking processes and direct agendas. As an example ponder this ? The term undocumented worker was created by PRAVDA/MSM so the politicos would NOT have to use the term illegal alien ? In fact there is no such thing as an undocumented worker ? you are either here legally or NOT and this term was simply made up .As well the entire Obamacare scheme was simply a huge lie perpetrated in every way by the same people ? How many distortions and lies were told to get that monstrosity to become a law ? If you can control all dialogue and narrative you can control the masses and that is what we see before us . A very powerful form of the old propaganda machine, that tries to pass as actual journalism ?

      I am in eastern Oregon and provide answers for health, fitness and overall well being. As well as other training concepts tom insure confidence. The real answer is to understand the many illusions like the ones above I clearly point out ? We all live in massive illusions and to understand them will set you free and benefit you greatly. It will also be the biggest factor in gaining excellent health, fitness and empowerment of your own life. Understanding the many illusions is the key to every issue we see before us today ! I am currently forming an OathKeepers chapter. All at my site and FB page (downtoearthprepper)and much more. Good on Ya !

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  7. Patriot Bill 12 August, 2015, 14:10

    God bless the Oathkeepers !

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  8. Tr911 12 August, 2015, 14:20

    Keep up the good work. Truth and understanding will set you free.

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  9. Muffin 12 August, 2015, 14:21

    God Bless you guys–seems like you are putting your very lives on the line.
    Guess you need a good PR person to get the TRUTH out there….

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  10. Obbop 12 August, 2015, 14:32

    Adage time… “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” One way of saying “Kill them with kindness.” I am referring to the negative comments at the linked-to YouTube video about OK. OK is confronting the masses of common folks who have been and continue to be inundated with massive amounts of propaganda spewed by elite and corporate-owned media what has a vested interest in keeping the masses in the socioeconomic position those overlords want us to exist within. Any threat to their wealth and power is hammered down. We, as OK folks, are in an ongoing “propaganda war” but OK has truth, freedom and the Founding Fathers’ intentions on our side.

    Please try to respond to negative comments about OK in a manner that does not reinforce the negative mind-set that is placed there and desired by the enemies of freedom and a free people. Simply put: BE NICE!!!

    It can be difficult but it IS for a good cause. Even for a scathing comment that riled you and makes you want to lash back go ahead and give your point of view but omit negatives that attack the one making the post that angered you. Just give your own opinion and state your case and… consider including at the end of your message where it stands out “Thank you for your opinion, however.”

    It is labeled “diplomacy” by some and using it assists OK in our battle for hearts and minds which is a very important aspect of an ongoing battle against tyranny.

    (All statements, opinions, etc. MINE; not Oath Keepers “OK”)

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    • Yoda 12 August, 2015, 17:55

      I agree concerning diplomacy. However, there are times when it is not the best course of action. If you are a Christian, you might consider reading the Maccabees. My take from those books is that sometimes ‘its just righteous’ to pull that sword and get busy.

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  11. cigarsmoke 12 August, 2015, 14:50

    While in law enforcement i had to arrest a nation of Islam member he had their pamphlet called the final call where they over throw the U.S government this was in 1998 this group is the evil running free in our country

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  12. BT 12 August, 2015, 15:01

    What of the misinformation? InfoWars saying they did not hire Oath Keepers.

    As a 20 year Vet, I’m on your side, but we seek the truth, wherever it may come from.

    http://www.infowars.com/infowars-did-not-hire-oath-keepers/

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    • Javin007 12 August, 2015, 15:38

      This is the single most important question out there. Why is infowars denying they had anything to do with it while Oath Keepers is saying we were asked?

      This story needs to be straightened out ASAP.

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    • Cal 12 August, 2015, 19:47

      “InfoWars saying they did not hire Oath Keepers.”

      You must have missed the rest of what they said. They said they did not HIRE Oathkeepers, as Oathkeepers are not mercenaries – bought and sold.

      That OK was there on a volunteer basis to assist them and watch their backs, equipment, etc. It was an offer of assistance which they (infowars) accepted.

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  13. D. Bertrand 12 August, 2015, 15:47

    I say…it’s time to just take the legal title of a “Well Organized Militia” and promote Oath Keepers as that Militia, because Americans across this nation are just short of being disarmed and when the rubber meets the road, it will NOT matter what labels the traitors of the Constitution want to assign to citizens protecting citizens, property and life. THEY can’t take that away from law abiding citizens, and if or when THEY do, the “law abiding citizen” will be at war with anyone, or any group that wants to further destroy our infrastructure and civil rights. We are getting close and the social engineers are setting all of us up for their agenda….Martial Law. Furthermore, local law enforcement agencies work for the citizen, not the federal government politicians. The more the federal government gives these local agencies, the more these agencies will crush the citizen before losing grants, radios, weapons, and military vehicles. In the end, it will not matter…because we just happen to all live in the same neighborhoods together and an outside invader / usurper will not be welcomed.

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  14. whisky alpha 12 August, 2015, 15:53

    I think it all comes down to presentation. Of course everyone is going to raise a ruckus when they see a white male carrying a rifle and dressed out in tactical gear. If the Oath Keepers would have been more discrete in carrying there could have been a different response. But then again overt shows of force do deter possible aggressors. Which given the circumstances may have been the best option. I do applaud those who do what these men did. Especially how they maintained their cool, when everyone and everything else seemed to be going to hell around them.

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  15. open eyes 12 August, 2015, 15:58

    Glad to see that there is a movement of truth and unafraid of others actions that are violent and nothing more the thug thieves. No one in the press have ever commented on the Video of Michael Brown putting fear in the the little shop owner after they ripped him off. Come on America, get it right

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  16. LB 12 August, 2015, 16:19

    Hi OKs,

    Just wanted to let you know I took a lot of HEAT defending your “only four”, and I can proudly say, I’d continue to take that heat. For defending the men that stood casually amidst chaos, I was called naive, a coward, an asshole, and privileged. For defending “only four” men completely within their legal rights, ironically and symbolically standing to protect ANY American’s constitutional rights, I was treated as if I’d committed treason. I just want to tell you OKs, I support you. I don’t give a damn if anyone else thinks you’re a bunch of “gun nuts”. Your “only four” did nothing wrong and I support their presence in Ferguson. I don’t believe (as I was vehemently spat this venom) that because they weren’t invited to be there, their presence was unnecessary.

    I will always support our servicemen, our first responders, our officers and our protectors, and I will always use my brains, my beauty and my grace to keep pushing through the ignorance, ugliness and hate that has consumed our country.

    OKs are OK with me!!!

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  17. leoncj 12 August, 2015, 17:18

    Many things are coming down in the world, and in usa. All things have a direction, ordained by the Lord. How do u say judgment on this nation. Oath Keepers are a good thing. There are many in the usa that took that oath, myself included. But, yes, we must keep on fighting the good fight, not only for our Lord, but also for a set of laws we live by. Thank u oath keepers for your roll ion Ferguson.
    Keep up the good, and right, work. Truth will set us free.

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  18. Nikki 12 August, 2015, 19:04

    In regards to the article, “Heavily Armed ‘Oath Keepers’ Inject Disquieting Element in Ferguson”, by Scott Malone, I immediately took issue with the name of the article and tried to post a comment on Yahoo News. I tried twice but my comment was not posted due to some type of “Oops, computer error”. We all know what censorship is. I argued that the reason Oath Keepers was there was to keep the peace seeing that the federal government, the DOJ and a host of others were hell bent on keeping everything stirred up. In my opinion, Mr. Malone is extremely biased and only adding more fire to an already fiery situation. Law Enforcement is continuing to be vilified, even after Ofcr. Wilson was found not guilty by a grand jury. There is a concerted effort in this country by the Obama administration and others to pit one group of people against the other. Countless number of people, of all color, lost their homes their private property, their businesses and this reporter could care less but continues to heap the blame on good and honorable people, Oath Keepers, who arrived on scene to do what the federal government failed to do. Keep the Peace.

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  19. Journe 12 August, 2015, 19:24

    I am a Senior Senior female and 100% Support OathKeepers in
    their Patriotism & Protection of our Life Liberty & Freedoms
    and Defend Our Constitutional Rights . I well aware of where our
    country is due to mass Lies, Propaganda from our Govt., and their
    Power & control over our media. The Agenda of Govt. to Divide, &
    Control thru Hate, Anger, has been going on long time, but now is
    infiltrated the brains of many Americans causing the Violence that
    this Govt. wanted. It is most sad to watch these horrid , violent Protests going on that really doing NOTHING for Black causes &
    in fact, are Harming their cause or issues. Same goes for the Whole
    darn Govt.& Agencies, Congress, Senate and Mass Controlled Media. Believe me, there are Plenty Americans that see and Know the Truth of whats going on here with the Agenda of Elite Govt et all,
    & Desire to be the “Superpower” over All peoples. I APPLAUD THE
    OK’S AND PRAY YOU GROW AND GROW WITH MORE REAL PATRIOTS THAT HAVE THE GUTS TO JOIN UP WITH YOU & SUPPORT YOU. I EXPECT THERE IS MANY RETIRED MILITARY, POLICE OFFICERS OF HEALTHY CONSTITUTIONAL MIND & LOVE
    OF WHAT OUR COUNTRY NEEDS TO RETURN TO AND OTHERS TO
    VOLUNTEER HELP WHEN & WHERE NEEDED.
    THANKING YOU AND KNOW MANY SUPPORT YOUR DEDICATION.

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  20. Mister Miller 12 August, 2015, 19:56

    Very good article. Self-proclaimed progressive liberal new yorker (with libertarian tendencies). The reason the press refers to “patriots” in quotes is because “patriot” are usually self-proclaimed (since there is no way of objectively measuring “Patriotness”) – putting it in quotes is a way of indicating that the person has identified them or their groups as a “patriot” group.

    It is a not a subconscious trick, as you claim.

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  21. sevin 12 August, 2015, 19:58

    Just became a member a few short days ago, can’t tell you enough how esstatic I am to know there are a group of men and women who will put themselves in harms way to stand up for what is rightfully Givin to all US citizens – OUR RIGHTS – which have been ignored for way to long. Kudos family, 110% support from me !!!

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  22. bandido776 12 August, 2015, 19:59

    A Snowball Named Reuters, The third man from the left side anyone you know??? WARNING!!!

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    • Dr. Clifford N. Alford 13 August, 2015, 03:48

      He is a man who has the same right to freedom of religion as the rest of us, and his shirt is way too thin to hide a suicide vest so I suspect that he was one of the Americans out there who was pleased to see the presence of Oath Keepers on the mean streets of Ferguson once again. Get yourself a book called “Left of Bang”. It is based upon the US Marine Corp’s Combat Hunter Course, and it will help you to see past the obvious to be able to see the many little things that show that third man from the left to not be a threat. Here is the link from Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Left-Bang-Marine-Combat-Program/dp/1936891301/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1439437500&sr=1-1&keywords=left+of+bang.

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      • mountainmermaidmichele 13 August, 2015, 17:43

        BRAVO!! I AM STANDING UP AND APPLAUDING YOUR TRUTHFUL REPLY! THANK YOU!!!!

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      • Vince 14 August, 2015, 16:48
      • P.Revere 16 August, 2015, 21:03

        Taking pics is their intimidation tactic.Every time I have been at a protest,the Muslims that show up to counter us,either take our pics,to intimidate,or hit our cameras.
        And…this is not a “religious” rally,so why is “their religious protection” even an issue here?

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    • Dr. Clifford N. Alford 15 August, 2015, 22:07

      Turns out that you were half right about this clown. Look at this: http://pamelageller.com/2014/09/muslim-umar-lee-arrested-in-ferguson-threatened-to-behead-critics-like-bi-daniel-pearl.html/. However, as his pictures and criminal record show, the only real danger is his mouth, and the possibility of his stirring up someone else to commit any real violence. Still, it was interesting to find this. Obviously, he was not happy to see Oath Keepers out there afterall, and probably wet his bed having nightmares about it.


      [Editor’s Note: Good find there, Dr. Clifford N. Alford. Thank you for bringing that.
      Salute!
      Elias Alias, editor]

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      • Yoda 16 August, 2015, 20:21

        ‘Left of Bang’; great book. I believe I would be “cautiously ‘PC”‘ about interpreting a photo. until I investigated, if possible. In this case, you did and discovered that he was somewhat less than happy with the presence of Oath Keepers. In a combat scenario, you wouldn’t shoot him but you surely wouldn’t turn your back on him either. I don’t think that bandido776 was necessarily jumping to the conclusion that this was a bad guy. I would also be cautious. Why, because he was an obvious Muslim who approached the armed Oath Keepers in a tense environment that could turn violent at any moment. If we should interpret something, take a look at the face of the tall Oath Keeper. I think his face displays a little bit of what I’ve been talking about. Based on my interpretation of the big guy’s face as he was looking directly at the Muslim man, I think that bandido776 was ‘right on’. The picture, taken as a whole, may have led me also to post the word ‘WARNING’. So the good doctor assessed the Muslim man not to be a threat in his first reply. As it turned out, that assessment was incorrect and was referred to as a ‘clown’ by the good doctor. That was not meant to be a condescending statement directed at you, Dr. Alford. I hope that you don’t take it as such. Reading the book is a good idea. Making the right call in a potentially hostile environment is critical. The Oath Keepers on the ground in Ferguson made the right call. Outstanding! That’s the view from my foxhole.

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  23. James 12 August, 2015, 20:07

    Having read a couple of these articles I was compelled to leave a few comments & was pleased to see the majority of commenters felt as I did disgust at the poor form these so called news agencies were engaged in !!

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  24. LissainLenoir 12 August, 2015, 20:34

    I read the article on Yahoo yesterday; the vicious negative slant against decent American citizens assisting in Ferguson (aka OathKeepers) was the epitome of official Libtard news media garbage that so pervades our society. I was almost afraid to scroll down to the public’s postings–but was so glad I did! I read posts for 20 minutes and never turned up even one at that time that was negative towards the OK men in Ferguson! Instead, it was all fellow Americans condemning the Libtard press!!! Many more people are waking up to the unethical way the modern liberal newshounds are trying on purpose to “create” events and issues and problems as opposed to simply reporting things. People are damned sick and tired of it! YAY for our side! 😉

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    • MagMac 12 August, 2015, 22:32

      Please stop labeling. This divides and impedes what the Oathkeepers represent. There are common interests between many diverse people…true respect for freedom is the main one. It’s not democrat/republican, liberal/conservative, atheist/muslim/christian, black/white, etc. If you want a real eye opening education about the elites in charge, watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0bOm5c43js A very good video on the historic roots of this toxic culture.

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  25. CRW 12 August, 2015, 20:47

    This response is very cogent and very true at the same time that it is useless to make it. The attitude and the actions of the respective media and news agencies in the US and elsewhere are not going to change. You know this going in. If you want to change the narrative you won’t do it by changing them, you have to change yourselves and the presentation you make.

    How do you do that? Ditch the camo. keep the rifles out of sight, conceal weapons or keep it down to open-carry handguns. You could still have done the job that was requested and avoided the kind of narrative that was provided that way.

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    • Bone 12 August, 2015, 22:23

      CRW,

      We don’t need to change the narrative. We need to educate the people. We do not need to change ourselves nor our presentation. Please tell that to the militarized police that are wearing MASKS, for Pete’s sake. We will use any and all means to defend and support the Constitution of The United States of America from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

      Chairman Mao phrased it perfectly: “Power comes from the barrel of a gun”. When only the government has guns they have a monopoly on power. Our country was established to leave the power in the hands of the people, not the government.

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    • Cherokee Prepper 26 August, 2015, 01:06

      The constitution says nothing about hiding our weapons as a condition for bearing them. That would be a lien on an inalienable right.

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  26. MagMac 12 August, 2015, 22:14

    Can you just quiet some of this intentional division/diversion by cops/media/gov officials and get some black, brown, red and yellow OK members to Ferguson? That would shut everyone up once and for all. Certainly you have many races among your ranks? This is an age old class war, and it needs to stop being framed as a racial one.

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  27. Vinny 12 August, 2015, 22:27

    I am an old Korean war vet, come from a family of veterans, very patriotic and very “American”. I have been following Oath Keepers and reading every article that you send to my e-mail address. I recited my Oath when I joined the military and Pledged my Allegiance long before Oath Keepers Organization was in existence and my Oath remains valid today. I am very impressed with Oath Keepers, consequently, I am presently forwarding my membership application to become a valid and proud member of Oath Keepers. We are all aware of the turmoil that exists on many fronts and from many adversary’s, both foreign and very much domestically and I feel that Oath Keepers can collectively, responsibly and legally stand and be counted as needed, when needed. This is quite obvious considering your current activities in more than one location and new issues are appearing almost daily. I remain committed to doing everything in my power to support and save this Sovereign, Free Enterprise, Constitutional Republic……..that is my responsibility as an American and remains to be my pledge and Oath. Thanks for the opportunity to comment on this forum.

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    • R. Brentwood 13 August, 2015, 02:43

      Vinny,, your comment took the words from my mouth. Kudos to you brother!!! Freedom is never free!! God bless the constitutional patriots!

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  28. Dr. Clifford N. Alford 13 August, 2015, 03:36

    “The Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit civil rights organization, has described the “Oath Keepers” as a “fiercely anti-government, militaristic group,”….”

    Well, now the rest of you know how it felt when the ACLU and the SPLC tried to tar and feather all of us Minute Men in 2005-2006 with the brush of public opinion. Their next move will be to post slanderous and unfounded articles on websites for the gullible sheeple to read and believe because it is on the internet. Fortunately, people are less gullible now than they were then.

    I have had to take a few days awy from recruiting centers to get petitions signed for an Oath Keeper running for the New York State Senate, and everywhere I went there were folks who told us that they didn’t believe what the press was saying about us, and that they are pleased and proud that our nation’s veterans are still fulfilling our Oaths. So, ignore these cretins in the SPLC, and move on with doing more good things for our nation.

    Personally, I would die of shame if either the SPLC or the ACLU ever decided that I were a good man, and it would be equally insulting if they ever decided to like our organization. People are not nearly so blind and shortsighted as they were ten years ago so when these lowlifes in these organizations and the press put us down then that just makes us look better to the average American who values hard work, dedication to the principles of this nation, and living an ethical life, and I dare say that their opinions are the only ones that we really care about as well.

    So, Reuters hates us. Just how cool is that!

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  29. Jay 13 August, 2015, 11:10

    Proud to say I am an Oath Keeper. Been one since 2009. Keep rockin’ it, gang.

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  30. GoldenBB 13 August, 2015, 12:53

    Jason Van Tatenhove, Oath Keepers video and public relations specialist, does an outstanding job.
    I would say this though; our organization which has many pans in the fire today in many states need to capitalize on his example of public relations and official spokesman of Oath Keepers. Sam Andrews did exactly what I would expect to see from any intelligent, articulate leader of men on the scene of an officially sanctioned mission. He represented his command and our organization with extreme professionalism and very pointed, logical argument and common sense answers to the questions asked of him by Jason.
    For internal consumption the interview was effective in speaking to the membership who would frequent the venue that it was presented in. My premise to all of this is that now that the Oath Keepers National has an official video and public relations specialist billeted and established on a public video website like YouTube. Would it now be the right time for the content of his PR concerning Oath Keepers and our various missions be disseminated far and wide to the larger public. Many people who are the audiences of the MSM only have these outlets of journalism that parrot the main stream establishment controlled meme. Jason’s message has to be projected out much more predominately for public consumption. Wouldn’t you agree Elias?
    I would in turn advise our national BoD to discuss and formulate a method to inject the same type of Public Relations objective like national is doing, at the state Chapter level. This could be accomplished by having the State Chapter Presidents appointing members who are articulate and/or good public speakers in order to promote their state chapters. These state spokesman would be the designated person for all media inquires and all state events and activities whether they are RTI booths at gun shows, CPT events and training or state sanctioned summits. These state Public Relations Officers should be coordinated and supervised by Jason in coordination with the BoD and the legal adviser of Oath Keepers.
    I realize that in the beginning our organization was a loose knit largely autonomous one with little oversight and official direction, things got done through individual initiative at the state level. Now that we have grown to the size that we have and the public visibility that we are subjected to, we must start to think about a more professionally organized way of projecting our stated mission and our organizations lawful intent.
    It is past time to create a more strongly designed protective layer of official public relations outreach department that is nation wide in scope and direction. This would not only enhance the overall effectiveness of everything that we do but it will in turn provide a buffer so to speak of protection for our membership and our organization. Instead of reactive to the attacks made on Oath Keepers we can then be proactive making the attacks irrelevant in the public’s eyes, making a counter propaganda campaign against the MSM’s propaganda campaign.

    Does this sound like a good project to take on Elias?

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  31. hopkins 13 August, 2015, 19:56

    excellent article and a scant look at some historical truths of the last 100 yrs that should be mandatory reading and discussion in every american class-room….you do a great job, God bless you.

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  32. Marco Polo 14 August, 2015, 22:09

    Well written Thanks!

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  33. carolb57 15 August, 2015, 15:56

    Would a citizen black man armed with an assault rifle and flak jacket have been allowed to roam free among the protesters in Ferguson without being arrested like the white oath keepers were allowed to do? Just wondering!

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  34. Yoda 19 August, 2015, 15:02

    Do any of you follow the blog of Adina Kutnicki? In case you do not know, she is an old school intel analyst, an American who now lives in Israel. Today she posted a piece concerning the media and how it has been brought under the control of our government and the globalist. She specifically cites media coverage of Oath Keepers in Ferguson as a crystal clear example. It is well worth your time to read her blog.

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  35. Obbop 9 September, 2015, 17:21

    Never underestimate the power of media to influence the masses. We, the People, must use our media access… primarily the Web for folks of our socioeconomic class… as effectively as possible.

    And adage that was more true when first created but still applies since established media owned and operated by corporations thus by an elite class are inherently more influential that the common folk’s voice upon the Web:

    “Freedom of the press is a wonderful thing for those who can afford the presses”

    Imagine the horrors confronting We, the People if we did not have the Web to present reality vice the lies and errors of omission that are a commonality of elite-owned media that is elite agenda driven.

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