Depending on what side of politics you are on and what you feel about groups believing that being an American entails certain rights, these groups can mean many things to many people. On the one side the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters are considered by people like Dianne Feinstein and Senator Leland Yee, to be part of an anti-government extremist movement.
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But those who are not discredited politicians, who know the history of America, believe these groups are Americans who want to ensure our rights are not infringed upon, and as American citizens our rights are not taken away. Who these groups really are, is a loose confederation of people, from lawyers to janitors, taking a stand to voice their concerns about our freedoms and governmental policies that would infringe on our rights.
The Farce and the Truth
The Oath Keepers was formed in March of 2009 and led by Nevada attorney Stewart Rhodes and the Three Percenters were formed in the latter part of 2008. The opposition likes to tout that this group is based on an inaccurate Revolutionary War statistic, claiming that only 3 percent of the American population took part as combatants in the Revolutionary War and that they represent three percent of the American gun owning populations who are against being disarmed.
The actual Three Percenters was an idea by Mike Vanderboegh, who says that approximately three percent of the population fought for liberty at any given time during the Revolutionary war, with about 250,000 men serving during the war, but there was no more than 90,000 who served at any one time. This is based on historian’s account of the colonial population of 2,500,000 to 3,000,000, with 40 to 35 percent of the population in the thirteen colonies supporting the fight for liberty, while between 15 to 20 percent remained loyal to the British Crown and 35 to 45 percent of the colonists tried to remain neutral. The Three Percenters promote liberty, freedom and a constitutional government that is governed by law. The opposition would have the public believe that this group is extremists, rather than law abiding citizens that want the government to work the way it was designed to work for the people.
The Oath Keepers held their first national conference in Las Vegas, Nevada October 24-25, 2009, with approximately one hundred people in attendance. The group states they have two thousand dues paying members, though the opposition likes to claim that they are a much smaller group. This difference of opinion makes the opposition feel more secure in their thinking that our freedoms could not be encroached upon by big government.
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The opposition likes to make claims that these two groups are conspiracy theorists and are anti-government extremists, who since President Obama took office send a message that the federal government has plans to take away rights of American citizens. They claim the groups are approaching the military and law enforcement and asking that if the U.S. government creates a police state to remember they swore an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution from foreign and domestic enemies.
What is being reiterated by the opposition is the fact that every military service member’s oath does include protecting the country from enemies both foreign and domestic, which military personnel take seriously without any intervention from any groups. This is promoted by the opposition about the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters in an effort to fool the public into thinking these groups are not looking out for the best interest of the country. When in reality these groups do not promote disdain for the country, but rather to make the public aware that the government works for the people and does have laws they must abide by.
The opposition would also have the public believe that the Oath Keepers website promotes untruths, such as claiming an active duty soldier was wearing a group patch on his arm and in addition patches for the Three Percenters. These groups do have their own insignia, like every other group in history, though the patches that soldiers wear on their uniforms distinguish their rank, unit and other identifying information per their branch of the military. This is a basic snow job by the groups that oppose the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters message and politics, but what’s more it is a way of taking the public’s eye off what they don’t want people to know. Issues like sending military troops into Syria and other current issues.
One of the things the Oath Keepers planned in 2009 was to put together care packages for the active duty service members who were deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, between Veterans Day (November 11th) and Bill of Rights Day (December 15th). In these packages it was claimed by the opposition that there would be an Oath Keepers patch and DVD in each package. They attempted to make this sound like less than a valiant effort in supporting the troops. What they neglected to say is that any organized groups sending packages include their information, so the service members know where the packages came from and who is supporting their efforts.
The claims are non-ending with those opposing these two groups as anti-government, which is far from the truth. These groups support a government that works within its bounds for the good of the people, not the good of the government. They came out with derogatory comments about what they refer to as anti-government extremist groups, and included the Tea Party in this when on September 12, 2009 the Three Percenters and the
Oath Keepers had an event at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. because at the same time the Tea Party rallied in the city protesting issues they have with the way the government and administration is handling issues that affect the country. The opposition would have people believe this has gone on since the day that President Obama took office. These groups only interest is in how the country is running, the national debt, the economy, ensuring American’s rights are protected and that the government works for the people, rather than for themselves.