I have some honest questions to ask Oath keepers, and a finishing statement. And I hope you will reciprocate on that same basis.
This pertains nominally to LEOs.
First off, I have to admit I don't like cops, don't trust them. I've dealt with them enough that i get an icy, cold feeling in the pit of my stomach when I see one in my rearview mirror. Or when I get scoped walking down the street. Let me give you an overview of my most recent experience: I happened to walk through the middle of a school zone early one afternoon and was stopped by a cop wanting my ID, asking if I was a sex offender, etc. Now mind you, I never entered school grounds. This is a major street, a thoroughfare, a public sidewalk that passes a school. The encounter left me in a slow burn.
So here's the first question. Why should I trust you? In almost every encounter I'm met with suspicion, without trust. I have been lied to and told of laws that that are inaccurate or do not exist. If you can't trust me...
What are your views on allowing me to carry a weapon concealed? Any weapon? How about an ex-con? Can he (or she) be allowed to have a gun? Careful. This is a trick question. Will you arrest someone for not having slip of paper giving him the "privilege" to have that weapon? Will you disarm me, even temporarily, for "officer safety"?
But here's the big one for me. Have you witnessed someones rights being violated by another cop? What did you do? Will you enforce the highest law in the land and arrest another cop violating someone's constitutional rights. I've read the pledge and it is a list of orders you will not obey. It's not a list of defending the constitution. If you see one of your fellow men in blue beating the crap out of a handcuffed civilian, what do you do? What will you do?
Because to do nothing is a choice.
Because if you are unwilling to defend someone now at the cost of ostracization or even your job, then we will know what your oaths are meaningless.