Oath Keeper Testimonial

Oath Keeper Testimonial

Constitution

John Adams:

Testimonial: As I get older I feel I am but a stranger in a strange world. Citizens today are so soft. They have never felt the sting of real war as most of them don’t remember WWII, Korea, and in many respects Vietnam. Society today cringes at the mere mention of someone owning a “GUN” yet alone actually using, practicing, and becoming proficient at hitting what you aim at. At 68 years old and a Vietnam veteran I am somewhat perplexed at what do I do now? Where do I go? What should I say? How should I act anymore? Nobody seems to listen to what I have to say, what I have experienced and many just don’t give a shit! I don’t really want to be known as a bitter old man, but my views are so contrary to what is the norm today I don’t know what to do or where to turn. I LOVE my Country yet HATE my Government. As a Republican I can’t decipher the difference anymore between the “left or the right!”

Oath Keepers has a nice ring to it but is it actually feasible? Is it an entity that I can wrap my heart around? I am a strict constitutionalist, an absolute 2nd amendment guy, yet, I can’t get anyone around me to feel what I feel, think what I think, love what I love. There are so many things that are going sideways and I don’t know where to turn, look, or seek. Is Oath Keepers an option? I despise liberals and political correctness, which is nothing more than censorship in its infancy. TRUE leadership isn’t what we know, but what we can get others to do. I do not see leadership anymore. Most people in leadership positions wouldn’t know a AK47 from a chicken sandwich. I don’t want to be like a Kamakazi pilot after his 17th mission, I want to be wanted, needed, and appreciated. Should I join “Oath Keepers?”

John Adams

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Shorty Dawkins

I am a writer of novels, currently living in the woods of Montana. My 5 novels can be seen here: https://www.oathkeepers.org/my-5-books-shorty-dawkins/

Comments

  1. Fred 10 June, 2016, 19:59

    Hebrews 11:13-14
    These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

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  2. Cal 11 June, 2016, 05:05

    Hey John,

    Thanks for all you have done, and what you are doing now. There are the brainwashed everywhere, but understand that they are victims of those that serve, have served within our governments, and of others outside of our nation wishing to bring her down.

    Regarding “I LOVE my Country yet HATE my Government”. Perhaps it means a better definement? Because you say “I am a strict constitutionalist,”

    President Andrew Johnson: “Outside of the Constitution we have no legal authority more than private citizens, and within it we have only so much as that instrument gives us. This broad principle limits all our functions and applies to all subjects.”

    It is the US Constitution that is our government, NOT the people who serve within it be they elected, hired, contracted, etc. They are put there – elected, hired, contracted, etc – to carry out the duties assigned by the US Constitution (state Constitution when applicable) in a constitutional manner.

    J. Reuben Clark: “God provided that in this land of liberty, OUR POLITICAL ALLEGIANCE SHALL NOT RUN TO INDIVIDUALS, that is, to government officials, no matter how great or how small they may be. UNDER HIS PLAN OUR ALLEGIANCE AND THE ONLY ALLEGIANCE WE OWE AS CITIZENS OR DENIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, RUNS TO OUR INSPIRED CONSTITUTION WHICH GOD HIMSELF SET UP. SO RUNS THE OATH OF OFFICE OF THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN GOVERNMENT. A certain loyalty we do owe to the office which a man holds, but even here we owe just by reason of our citizenship, no loyalty to the man himself. In other countries it is to the individual that allegiance runs. This principle of allegiance to the Constitution is basic to our freedom. It is one of the great principles that distinguishes this “land of liberty” from other countries”.

    Those that serve within our governments are forbidden to do certain things, such as give themselves First Degree Murder power (assassination powers); create money not backed by gold and silver; let there be a monopoly within the media – matter of fact that is why the FCC was formed (to stop all attempts at monopolizing); not go to war without a declaration of war by the congress; take over state sovereignty give themselves power not delegated already to the position they are occupying; lie about, hide things from the people; etc.

    Supreme Court, Red Lion v. FCC, 1969: “It is the purpose of the First Amendment to preserve an uninhibited marketplace of ideas in which truth will ultimately prevail, rather than to countenance monopolization of that market, whether it be by the Government itself or a private licensee. It is the right of the public to receive suitable access to social, political, esthetic, moral, and other ideas and experiences which is crucial here. That right may not constitutionally be abridged either by Congress or by the FCC.”

    St John Tucker: “The congress of the United States possesses no power to regulate, or interfere with the domestic concerns, or police of any state: it belongs not to them to establish any rules respecting the rights of property; nor will the constitution permit any prohibition of arms to the people;…”

    James Madison, Federalist 39: “Each State, in ratifying the Constitution, is considered as a sovereign body, independent of all others, and only to be bound by its own voluntary act. In this relation, then, the new Constitution will, if established, be a FEDERAL, and not a NATIONAL constitution.” (It was established.)

    John Adams, ” A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law” (1765): “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right… and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, and indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.”

    George Washington defines our duties to our nation here;

    George Washington, Farewell Address: “It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free Country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective Constitutional spheres; avoiding in the exercise of the Powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create whatever the form of government, a real despotism. The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power; by dividing and distributing it into different depositories, and constituting each the Guardian of the Public Weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern; some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them.”

    You are the militia. You are trained as congress requires the military to be trained. I do not know how well you know the US Constitution and your own state’s Constitution, but those two things are also required before you, with others trained like you, can do the duties assigned by the US Constitution to the militias (Clause 15 our duties, and Clause 16 lays out the duties of those who serve within our state and federal governments have TO the Militias).

    Thomas Jefferson: “For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security.”

    George Washington: The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

    George Washington, “Sentiments on a Peace Establishment”, letter to Alexander Hamilton; “The Writings of George Washington”: “It may be laid down, as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every citizen who enjoys the protection of a free government…, but even of his personal services to the defence of it, and consequently that the Citizens of America (with a few legal and official exceptions) from 18 to 50 Years of Age should be borne on the Militia Rolls, provided with uniform Arms, and so far accustomed to the use of them, that the Total strength of the Country might be called forth at Short Notice on any very interesting Emergency.”

    Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Papers 28: “The militia is a voluntary force not associated or under the control of the States except when called out; [when called into actual service] a permanent or long standing force would be entirely different in make-up and call.“

    John Adams, “A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States”: “To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.”

    You are needed, still, to defend our nation. But not as a hothead, but only as constitutionally required. It states the laws that the Militia, not any other group or agency are to perform.

    The Militia has as its constitutionally assigned duties to:
    — Enforce the US Constitution (supreme LAW of our land) and each state’s Constitution (highest LAW of the state),
    — Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
    — Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
    — “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.

    God Bless, and hope this helps to clarify things better.

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  3. D. Dina 11 June, 2016, 10:21

    Hi John, I am a couple years older. You expressed my sentiments exactly. I joined OKs in 2009 just as they were establishing themselves. I love the job they have done but they are defensive by nature. What we truly lack is a means of taking the offense. It breaks my heart to have witness the Bill of Rights decimated without one shot fired. After waiting 7 years for the so-called ‘Liberty Movement’ to actually move, I now find myself slowing being taken out of play by heath issues. I go liberty rallies and see nothing but ‘grayhairs’ like myself. Is the fight going pass me by? Is the fight ever going to be waged? I am no longer hopeful.

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  4. Frank 11 June, 2016, 10:46

    “It is the US Constitution that is our government, NOT the people who serve within it…”

    John, I thank you for what you have done for Americans, and can still do in service. Join us if you wish, but certainly keep coming back to this website where you get some of the clearest thinking and instruction from long-time members, like Cal above, about the principles and protection of American government.

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  5. Keltic Sage 12 June, 2016, 21:15

    liberal (adj.) Look up liberal at Dictionary.com
    mid-14c., “generous,” also, late 14c., “selfless; noble, nobly born; abundant,” and, early 15c., in a bad sense “extravagant, unrestrained,” from Old French liberal “befitting free men, noble, generous, willing, zealous” (12c.), from Latin liberalis “noble, gracious, munificent, generous,” literally “of freedom, pertaining to or befitting a free man,” from liber “free, unrestricted, unimpeded; unbridled, unchecked, licentious,” from PIE *leudh-ero-, probably originally “belonging to the people” (though the precise semantic development is obscure; compare frank (adj.)), and a suffixed form of the base *leudh- “people” (cognates: Old Church Slavonic ljudu, Lithuanian liaudis, Old English leod, German Leute “nation, people;” Old High German liut “person, people”).

    With the meaning “free from restraint in speech or action,” liberal was used 16c.-17c. as a term of reproach. It revived in a positive sense in the Enlightenment, with a meaning “free from prejudice, tolerant,” which emerged 1776-88.

    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=liberal

    When you change the definition of something, you have killed it!!

    The Bill of Rights was a landmark piece of liberal legislation.

    The Glorious Revolution of 1688 in England laid the foundations for the development of the modern liberal state by constitutionally limiting the power of the monarch, affirming parliamentary supremacy, passing the Bill of Rights and establishing the principle of ‘consent of the governed’. The 1776 Declaration of Independence of the United States of America founded the nascent republic on liberal principles without the encumbrance of hereditary aristocracy; the declaration stated that “all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” echoing John Locke’s phrase “life, liberty, and property”.

    The 1776 Declaration of Independence of the United States of America founded the nascent republic on liberal principles without the encumbrance of hereditary aristocracy; the declaration stated that “all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” echoing John Locke’s phrase “life, liberty, and property”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_liberalism

    The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation,? wrote Washington. ?All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens.?
    George Washington in a letter to Touro Synagogue (1790)

    “Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by the difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be depreciated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society.”
    George Washington – letter to Edward Newenham, October 20, 1792

    The Supreme Court of the United States, 1866: “The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism.”

    United States Supreme Court, Cruden v. Neale, 2 N.C. 338 May Term 1796: “…, every man is independent of all laws, except those prescribed by nature. He is not bound by any institutions formed by his fellowman without his consent.”

    Murdock v. Pennsylvania, 319 U.S. 105: “No state shall convert a liberty into a license, and charge a fee therefore.” (Fishing, hunting, traveling by any means, arms, building ones home, etc)

    Miller v. U.S., 230 F. 2d. 486, 490; 42: “There can be no sanction or penalty imposed upon one, because of his exercise of constitutional rights.”

    Thomas Paine: “Government ought to be as much open to improvement as anything which appertains to man, instead of which it has been monopolized from age to age, by the most ignorant and vicious of the human race. Need we any other proof of their wretched management, than the excess of debts and taxes with which every nation groans, and the quarrels into which they have precipitated the world?”

    Thomas Jefferson: “The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.”

    “I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.”
    ~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to Elbridge Gerry, January 26, 1799

    “Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law. Take away the law-establishment, and every religion re-assumes its original benignity.”
    ~Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man, 1791

    “No religious doctrine shall be established by law.”
    ~Founding Father Elbridge Gerry, Annals of Congress 1:729-731

    “The legislature of the United States shall pass no law on the subject of religion.”
    ~Founding Father Charles Pinckney, Constitutional Convention, 1787

    Thomas Jefferson: “Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.”

    Thomas Jefferson: “[A] strict observance of the written law is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to the written law, would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the ends to the means.”

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