It is really something to hear the rhetoric these “oath keepers” have to offer. In one breath they go on about how government should be limited and how there is a runaway bureaucracy, and in the next breath they demand the imprisonment of anyone who dares oppose the military, as well as the ability to take property from its owners because there is a “suspicion” that it might be “connected” with drugs.
I guess the irony is lost on them.
I did not go to this Oath Keepers convention, but there was an excellent write up on the event in the Red Dirt Report. (here)
Indeed, outright irony! The “Oath Keepers” pledge to disobey any orders that violate the Constitution – but they conveniently forget about the first amendment. Allow me to quote:
The comments came during a meeting of the Oklahoma Oath Keepers, an American nonprofit organization that generally advocates its members disobey any orders they believe violate the U.S. Constitution. The group met at the Mustang Community Center for four hours with speeches by several elected officials including Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards and state Rep. Dan Fisher (R-Yukon).
Edwards, known for his opposition to a legislative proposal that would change Oklahoma’s civil asset forfeiture laws, apparently doesn’t believe in the First Amendment. Edwards called for Westboro Baptist Church members and those who burn the flag, to be jailed. He also said war protesters and those who are critical of the military “shouldn’t be allowed in this country.”
“People who were burning the American flag should have been thrown in jail,” he said, a comment that drew a thunderous ovation. “People who fly any flag above the American flag should be put in jail for treason.”
Edwards also said Westboro Baptist Church members who protested outside a soldier’s funeral in Mustang would have been jailed if he had been in town.
Changing the subject to religion, Edwards said the United States was founded on God and Christianity “and no heathen religion.”
Let’s deal with these ridiculous errors one at a time.
- The Flag. Rothbard, in the October 1995 issue of The Free Market* asks, when talking about a proposal to outlaw “desecration” of the American flag, “‘Desecration’ means ‘to divest of a sacred character or office.’ Is the American flag, battle emblem of the U.S. government, supposed to be ‘sacred’? Are we to make a religion of statolatry? What sort of grotesque religion is that?” Flag Laws, such as the ones proposed by these Oath Keepers, “…are unjustifiable violations of the rights of private property.”
- The Military. Although they don’t deserve any hatred, they don’t deserve blind worship either; I need not go into the dangers of worship of the military.
- The US was founded on the Christian Religion. This myth persists after long being disproven, even in the face of the 1797 treaty of Tripoli which states very clearly that “ the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion…” ** America was founded on Freedom, and was not intended to be founded on Christian precepts. If it were, surely they would have found a place in the Constitution – but they didn’t. Indeed, the only reference to religion at all in the Constitution other than the first amendment is in Article Six, which tells us that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
More to come.
*Rothbard’s full article, “The Flag Flap” : https://www.lewrockwell.com/1970/01/murray-n-rothbard/the-flag-flap-2/
** Complete text of the 1797 treaty of Tripoli: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/bar1796t.asp