Saturday, January 22, 2022

Who are the Oath Keepers?

By John Green

Hearing the Department of Justice describe them, one would think that the Oath Keepers are the scariest bunch of anti-American knuckleheads to come down the pike since the Ku Klux Klan.  Given that a bunch of them were just arrested for plotting an insurrection -- that the FBI assured us wasn’t an insurrection -- this is a good time to get to know who they actually are.

Media coverage of the group is sprinkled with terms like “right-wing extremists,” “anti-government extremists,” and “far right militia.”  Like any story, the reporting about the Oath Keepers can be spun to support a narrative or to give an unbiased assessment.  The MSM has chosen to go with the narrative.  One has to look beyond the scare quotes, and assess what the organization has actually done to get a true sense of its nature.

The Oath Keepers was founded in 2009 by Stewart Rhodes.  It is a national, but loosely knit organization, created to resist violations of civil liberties by the government.  In 2009, that sounded like conspiracy nut thinking.  But since the organization’s founding, we’ve been treated to:

  •  Crossfire Hurricane,
  •  two impeachment show trials,
  •  COVID shutdowns, 
  • election 2020, and 
  • our own government targeting parents as domestic terrorists.  

What sounded crazy in 2009 sounds prescient in 2022...........To Read More....

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