defenders of the Republic and guardians of the rights of the people,
we affirm the timeless, self-evident truths set forth in our
Declaration of Independence, which are at the very heart of our
All men are
created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable
People are born with natural rights that come from nature and
nature’s God, not from government.
To secure these
rights, Governments are instituted among Men. Rights
come first, and then comes government, not the other way around.
Government is merely the creation of the people. The only
legitimate purpose of government is to protect our rights.
Governments derive their
just powers from the consent of the governed.
no inherent or intrinsic powers – only those granted by the people.
When governments claim powers never granted, such government is
Whenever any Form
of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of
the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.
When the government violates the people’s rights, it violates
its only legitimate purpose and voids the compact by which the people
created that government. The
people retain the right to decide when that has happened, and retain
the right to throw off such oppressive government, just as our
forefathers did in the American Revolution.
5. Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes. And that is why the American people have continued to try and work within the system despite a relentless, sustained assault on their rights.
But when a long
train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object
evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism …. Among
the abuses and usurpations were:
national government] “declaring themselves invested with power to
legislate for us in all cases whatsoever,” erecting “a multitude
of New Offices,” and sending “swarms of Officers to harass our
people and eat out their substance”; Denial of jury trial, with
trial instead by admiralty courts (military tribunals); warrantless
searches (the writs of assistance); confiscation of property;
Imposition of martial law – the suspension of legislatures and the
appointment of a general to rule the people, rendering “the Military
independent of and superior to the Civil Power.”
The final spark of Revolution was an attempt to disarm the people
martial law, which was an act of war against the people.
The parallels to our time are obvious and ominous.
7. … it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government. Again, the people themselves will determine when that point has been reached. We cannot expect the national government’s own courts to approve of that decision by the people. Every dictator throughout history, be it Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, or Pinochet, twisted and perverted the law and the courts into a weapon against the people. In our own history, every oppressive act of Parliament and the King in the years leading up to the Revolution were upheld by the English courts. But that was not the end of the argument. The same is true today.
the Revolution, those principles were again affirmed and made part of
our Constitution by the adoption of the Bill of Rights.
you read the Bill of Rights, remember that each and every one of those
amendments was in response to the Founding Generation’s experience
with government tyranny, and were intended to prevent such tyranny
from happening again. The Bill of Rights thus tracks nearly exactly
the causes of Revolution listed in the Declaration of Independence.
In particular, pay close attention to the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, which affirm the the natural rights and sovereignty of the people, and which provide a guide to constitutional interpretation, as I will further explain in an upcoming post.
of you must remind yourself of those hard learned lessons, renew your
understanding of the principles of American liberty, and how those
principles are reflected in the Constitution and Bill of Rights you
swore an oath to defend.
then you must search your soul and arrive at your own personal line in
Keepers - "Not on Our Watch!"
Keepers is an association of currently serving military, veterans, and
peace officers who will fulfill the oath we swore to support
and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic,
so help us God.
oath is to the Constitution, not to the President, and we will not
obey unconstitutional (and thus illegal) and immoral orders, such as
orders to disarm the American people or to place them under martial
law and deprive them of their ancient right to jury trial.
Oath Keepers have drawn a line in the sand. We will not “just follow
Our motto is “Not on our watch!”
you, the American people, are forced to once again fight for your
liberty in another American Revolution, you will not be alone.
We will stand with you.
at this time a debate within the ranks of the military regarding their
oath. Some mistakenly believe they
must follow any order the President issues.
But you can rest assured that many others in the military do
understand that their loyalty is to the Constitution, and understand
what that means.
mission of Oath Keepers is to vastly increase their numbers.
We are in a battle for the hearts and minds of our own troops.
To win that battle, Oath Keepers will use written and video
testimony of active duty military, veterans (especially combat vets),
and peace officers to reach, teach, and inspire our brothers in arms
in the military and police to fulfill their oaths and stand as
guardians of the Republic.
If you are
currently in the military, are a veteran, or are a peace officer,
please submit your written and/or video testimony on your oath, so you
can help us win that battle for hearts and minds.
Your submission may be anonymous.
of the Republic, fulfill your oath. Join
are in a battle for the hearts and minds of our own troops.
Help us win it.