The Oath Keepers: Against All Enemies Foreign and Domestic

Land of the Brave?

What happens when those entrusted with authority abuse that authority? When it is an isolated case the law might actually work but what could happen when an entire group of people are given orders to commit acts that are unlawful? It happened in Nazi Germany, it happened in Vietnam and it happened at Abu Ghraib. Will it happen here?

From the day we are born we are taught to obey, we are taught to conform at home, in school and in church. Seldom are we taught to question authority, stand up to injustice or go against the grain. I think all of us can look back to our high school days to know how easy it is to conform, we all want to be liked, we all want to do well. The Japanese even have a saying "the nail that sticks out gets hammered down". But when that all too human need to fit in is put under the authority of an evil group, a tyrannical government or a despot it can lead to abuse, illegal acts and genocide. I think it's time to start raising our children with the added admonishment that it is more than ok not to conform but in many instances it is preferred. I think if we had more children raised with this mentality maybe it would cut down on the amount of bullying in our schools because they would be armed with the ability to stand up in the face of oppression. We need to teach our children what it means to be courageous, it's a lost art, an old fashioned virtue that is much needed today.

There is a movement under way called "The Oath Keepers". The have 10 points; they are as follows:

  1. They will not obey any order to disarm the American People.
  2. They will not obey orders to perform warrant-less searches of the American people.
  3. They will not obey orders to detain American people as unlawful enemy combatants or subject them to a military tribunal.
  4. They will not obey orders to impose martial law.
  5. They will not obey orders to subvert sovereignty by the states.
  6. They will not obey orders to blockade American cities.
  7. They will not obey any order to put the American people into concentration camps.
  8. They will not obey orders to assist or support foreign military against the American people on the pretext of keeping control.
  9. They will not obey orders to confiscate property of the American people.
  10. They will not obey orders that will infringe on the right of the American people to free speech.

Oath Keepers requires men who are in positions of authority like policemen or military to swear to uphold their values, and the Constitution should they be asked to do things that are unlawful, immoral or unconstitutional. I think this is a wonderful movement (there is a short film below describing this movement). This movement is a good start but what is needed is much more. We need to spread the concept of standing up for what is right, facing oppressors even if they are cloaked in the garb of authority and/or leaders and teach our children and ourselves the real meaning of bravery. Bravery is not just for super heroes manufactured out of Hollywood, bravery is something we all must nurture and encourage. The times we live in may require that we all become heroes in order to ensure that we all don't become victims.


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James H Patton 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Great article!


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks James


foreignpress 6 years ago

Having served in the military, I understand the importance of obeying an order. Yet, there has to be reason and common sense by the individual. The problem today is that the lines of right and wrong are blurred. British subjects, whose parents were born in a Muslim country, are being recruited by terrorists. So a British subject is blowing up fellow Britons. In the U.S., do we profile or not? Are eavesdropping devices and body scanners an infringement on rights or do they protect us? Do we confiscate a U.S. citizen's computer that might reveal child trafficking or child pornography? Or does that "potential criminal" have rights? Is the individual more important than the rights of society?

At the same time, kids must learn to respect the individual rights of others. But they have to know that a greater good exists for the benefit of all. (E.g., can a Muslim wear a concealing burqua when it intimidates others.)

I think we're heading for an implosion that will totally redefine our individual rights and even our Constitution. Biblically, we're plodding toward Armageddon.

Thanks again, Brie, for an insightful article. This one's worthy of a potential screenplay.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

To Everyone who has commented in the last 2 months: For some reason my email notification was off so I wasn't notified when you wrote your comments. Thanks for commenting and I'm sorry I wasn't able to respond in a timely manner.


Jo 6 years ago

First off, you do know the founder of "Oath Keepers" was arrested for raping a child and possession of a grenade launcher... These people are dangerous... Militias are dangerous. You will see... eventually, if things don't straighten out some bad things are going to happen.

I know this comment will probably not be published and I don't care... You may take it however you wish but...

I realize all the anti-government propaganda and conspiracy is the latest trend but we really need to just step back and realize the potential dangers.

While most people can handle the thought that this scenario of a "police state" or "martial law" or the (satanic) NWO, or whatever, is possible... There are many people who are, for lack of a better term, completely bat-shit-crazy. Now you seem like a pretty normal, level headed person Brie, you really do... but you are perpetuating ideas that some people just can not handle.

Do you really want to be involved in something like this?...Will you sleep well at night knowing that when something bad happens you were collectively a part of spreading fear that may likely lead to death and violence?...


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

The leaders of our government are pedophiles and Satanists, I don't know anything about the leader of Oath Keepers. And even if he is which I don't believe, that doesn't make the entity of Oath keepers is bad. There is nothing bad about people who want to keep to the Constitution and refuse to fire on Americans. As far as I can tell you are probably a shill for the NWO.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

The leadership is not Satanic you say! Have you looked at the Bohemian Grove? I have an article about it. http://hubpages.com/politics/The-Bohemian-Grove--S...


Hollander Price 6 years ago

Just wanted to let you know I watched these videos and read the hub and I am now an Oath Keeper. Not officially registered or whatever, but I hold the oath nontheless. I have mentioned before I am a member of the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division in the Army. I will not obey any unlawful order even upon pain of death.

Brie it's getting scary.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Yes it is...I'm reading a book about the weaponization of Demonic powers, it doesn't get much scarier than that. However, we know the ending and we win...and that, my friend, is all that matters! Thanks to Jesus

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