I've said before
that too many Oath Keeper's simply reek of hypocrisy. Present company excepted, Gooch!
While I can forgive a young, brainwashed person from not understanding the moral implications of their career choices, and not knowing where their money comes from, once they spend any time in one of the many sandboxes the slack gets reeled back in. It is simply impossible to be a member of an occupation army for any length of time and not see the corruption and violence inherent in the job.
But the failings are much greater than that. The Oath Keepers have been extremely selective in reminding their members of their oaths.
OK Board member Chief Celia S. Hyde was a high officer in the MA state police. She swore a mighty oath not to disarm citizens, then went out herself or oversaw officers who went out and enforced a MA law that will put a citizen in jail for 10 long years if they don't lock their firearm when stored at home, rendering it useless. Is she not open to charges of blatant hypocrisy? How does she reconcile her oath to honor the right to bear arms with enforcement of a law that demands the each and every citizen get advance approval from the police not only to carry a weapon, but simply to own one at all, even if it never leaves the home? A law the enforces registration of all firearms and records of all ammunition purchases? Does the fact that she has retired change her responsibility in this area? Will she make a public statement to the effect that no OK who is a MA police officer should enforce this draconian, unconstitutional, victim-disarming law?
Think about the lock-down of the city of Boston after the Marathon bombing. Warrantless house to house searches. Innocent people forced from their homes at gunpoint by heavily armed storm troopers. Where where the Oath Keepers? Were there none at all in the multiple police forces, hundreds if not thousands of officers, involved in that grotesque orgy of violating constitutional and human rights? I rather suspect there were Oath Keepers in that number, and it appears that they were silent.
Where where these folks 2001-2008? Where where they when we invaded a foreign country and murdered half a million people? Where where they when W was wiretapping literally everyone? I could ask these questions and many more but I know I won't get an answer. It was OK when the party that favors war and violence was in charge, but now that the party that prefers welfare and violence is in power, the enforcers are antsy.
Some argue that we should embrace those who are beginning to realize what is going on. I'll embrace any one of them - after they quit their job and find a way to make a living that doesn't involve taking taxpayer loot or killing people as SOP.
From their website:
We will NOT obey orders to conduct warrantless searches of the American people
unless it's TSA shakedowns at airports and bus stations, random searches at subway stations, drug dogs and property confiscation at checkpoints or traffic stops, or warrantless wiretaps of the entire nation.
We will NOT obey orders to detain American citizens as "unlawful enemy combatants" or to subject them to military tribunal.
Ever hear of Jose Padilla
? American citizen. Detained as unlawful enemy combatant. Tortured into deep psychosis by the US Navy. Too late for oathkeepers.
We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a "state of emergency" on a state.
Unless that state has people who look different and speak a different language. Then we'll come in like gangbusters, literally shooting everything that moves.
We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty.
Unless the state is named Iraq, or Afganistan, or Serbia, or Iran, or Syria, or Libya, or Yemen, or....
We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.
Unless that property is money to pay for Oathkeepers salaries, health plans, retirement benefits, and high-tech weapons. Then it's OK.
We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.
Except when it's W, the G20, or any other VIP, and the orders are to force protestors into pens called "free speech zones." Or if the free speech happens to be a blog highlighting the criminal activities of the enforcers. Then anything goes.
Give me a break. These people picked jobs where they can beat and kill others. They are good at what they do. They will keep doing it. When push comes to shove, they will do what enforcers have always done - beat and kill for whomever is paying them.
Modern war and oppression are carried out by a long chain of individuals, each doing his or her job meticulously while simultaneously refusing to look at the end results of his or her work. There is no state or corporate evil that is not the result of personal sinfulness. Rev. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy
To the extent that the Oathkeepers are an association of currently serving military, police, and firefighters then their ranks are filled with soldiers occupying foreign nations or militarized enforcers occupying American cities and towns. Each and every one does their job meticulously. Their true allegiance is to their comrades, not to the constitution, which one commander that the OK's happily obeyed correctly characterized a "just a goddamned peace of paper."
To expect people who must twist their moral compass off its hinges in order to make their daily bread to suddenly develop a functioning conscience when there is blood in the streets is folly. When the Catholics under Father McCarthy's care were ordered to murder hundreds of thousands of women and children, including entire convents of Catholic nuns, neither they nor their chaplain objected. Only after he had walked through the rubble and confronted the results of his own actions did he realize his errors.
It was the same after the Boston Marathon bombing. There were no reports of cops refusing to roust citizens from their homes in Boston.
Oathkeepers will swear their mighty oaths, but they will still drop the bombs, rape the children, shoot the women, burn the villages, steal the money, take the guns, confiscate the hoarded food, and above all else obey their orders and support their comrades. Perhaps a few will realize in hindsight the enormity of their crimes. But any that presently possess the intellect and self-awarness to contemplate the utter immorality of their actions have already laid down their arms and walked away from the madness.
To the extent that Oath Keepers really does raise awareness among its members, success can be measured by how many resign their commissions and seek honest employment.
My criticisms of the Oath Keepers are not about the concept, but about the Oath itself and how it is described and explained by the Oath Keepers. A group of people who swear oaths that they immediately and repeatedly violate already infests Mordor on the Potomac. We don't need more recruits to that particular army.