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Oath Keepers Rally for Constitution on Lexington Green
The New American ^ | 4-20-09 | Thomas R. Eddlem

Posted on 04/20/2009 11:49:32 AM PDT by AmericanHunter

A new patriotic organization called “Oath Keepers” rallied on Massachusetts’ historic Lexington Green to renew their oaths to support and defend the U.S. Constitution April 19, the 234th anniversary of the revolutionary war battles of Lexington and Concord. The event was sponsored by the Committees of Safety, named for the groups of the same name that organized in colonial America during the beginning of the War for Independence.

The new organization of mostly current and former military, police, and emergency-service personnel pledged themselves to 10 resolutions to disobey any order to confiscate firearms from law-abiding citizens, assist in warrantless searches, or help to detain American citizens without a trial by jury. The organization drew 400 attendees to the event despite little advance publicity (only a YouTube video and an appearance on the Alex Jones radio show). The rally headlined Oath Keepers’ founder Stewart Rhodes, Walter Reddy of the Committees of Safety, and 29 Palms Survey author Lt. Commander Guy Cunningham.

“The only way a tyrannical government from the left or right can succeed is for active duty personnel to obey unlawful orders,” former Army paratrooper and Oath Keepers’ founder Rhodes told the crowd. “If you took an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution, you have a duty to disobey unlawful orders. When you took the oath, you lost the option to duck out.” Rhodes is also an attorney, Yale University graduate, SWAT magazine columnist, and former staffer for Congressman Ron Paul.

Rhodes stressed that although Oath Keepers’ supporters were about to renew their oaths to the Constitution, the American people did not get their rights from the Constitution. “Where do our rights come from? There was no Second Amendment in 1775,” he told the crowd. “The Bill of Rights protects our rights, it doesn’t grant them.”

The event began and ended with words from the six-foot-six “Patriot Pastor” Garrett Lear, who closed his opening remarks with a rousing call for “No king but Jesus!”

Dave Freeman, a retired policeman from Nevada, read and administered the 10 Oath Keepers’ resolutions to it new members, which included Richard Mack, the former sheriff who fought the Brady Bill all the way to the Supreme Court. Nearly all those in attendance renewed their oaths to limit government to the requirements of the U.S. Constitution.

Tom Moor of the Committees of Safety read a speech by constitutional scholar Edwin Viera (Viera was unable to attend as scheduled).

Organizations like Oath Keepers seem destined for dramatic growth as the Obama administration has targeted political conservatives and military veterans as potential violent terrorists under a new Department of Homeland Security report entitled Rightwing Extremism (pdf). And with the way the Obama administration is targeting the Constitution, the growth of organizations like Oath Keepers will be needed to preserve liberty.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; banglist; concord; constitution; dhs; donttreadonme; lexington; lexingtongreen; liberty; lping; massachusetts; oathkeepers; obama; patriots; revolutionarywar; rightwingextremism; shallnotbeinfringed; wolverines; woverines

1 posted on 04/20/2009 11:49:32 AM PDT by AmericanHunter
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To: AmericanHunter
“Getting Around Congress?” It’s Much Worse than That
2 posted on 04/20/2009 11:52:10 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: AmericanHunter

These will be the guys to watch in the near future.


3 posted on 04/20/2009 11:53:10 AM PDT by TheZMan ("I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.")
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To: TheZMan
"These will be the guys to watch JOIN in the near future.

Fixed

4 posted on 04/20/2009 11:56:18 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: AmericanHunter
As I remember it, the oath that we all took when joining this country's military forces was dedicated to protecting our country and the constitution, there were no escape clause or sunset provision.
5 posted on 04/20/2009 12:07:30 PM PDT by ANGGAPO (Leyte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: knarf

Unfortunately I’m not one of those that have taken the oath.


6 posted on 04/20/2009 12:11:23 PM PDT by TheZMan ("I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.")
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To: ANGGAPO

You are exactly right. It is an oath for life and the key word of the day is “DOMESTIC” (Read: All enemies foreign and domestic.)


7 posted on 04/20/2009 12:11:46 PM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: bamahead; Travis McGee; Jack Black; MeekOneGOP

Ping


8 posted on 04/20/2009 12:16:44 PM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: knarf

They, and the ex mil guys, need to step up now and start training their friends and neighbors some of what they were taught, and in the process form up their bubba networks.


9 posted on 04/20/2009 12:18:58 PM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, Bowman later)
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To: Joe Brower; ForGod'sSake

Ping


10 posted on 04/20/2009 12:21:10 PM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: AmericanHunter

BUMP! I’m going to hand a copy of the oath to a few local police officers to send up the chain of command. I play b’ball with the police chief of one nearby town; I’ll give him one too. The responses should be interesting.

I also sing in the choir with a retired LEO who now has a job with homeland security. He gets one as well.


11 posted on 04/20/2009 12:27:38 PM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: AmericanHunter

This is the sort of organization which should have 75 million members. I’d certainly be among them.


12 posted on 04/20/2009 12:49:59 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: AmericanHunter

I took the oath in ‘72 at Ft Holibird Md. It didn’t have an expiration date.


13 posted on 04/20/2009 1:03:06 PM PDT by W.Lee (Fear the Govt. that fears its' Veterans)
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To: AmericanHunter

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2233592/posts


14 posted on 04/20/2009 1:25:08 PM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give to my country)
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To: AmericanHunter

I wish there was something like this in Oregon.


15 posted on 04/20/2009 1:50:01 PM PDT by Danae (Amerikan Unity My Ass)
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To: AmericanHunter
“The only way a tyrannical government from the left or right can succeed is for active duty personnel to obey unlawful orders

BRAVO, SIR.

Acknowledging that orders can be unlawful means that you acknowledge the primacy of God and conscience over the arbitrary rule of the state.

Viva Cristo Rey!

16 posted on 04/20/2009 7:51:18 PM PDT by cmj328 (Filibuster FOCA or lose reelection)
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To: EdReform; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; ...



Libertarian ping! Click here to get added or here to be removed or post a message here!
17 posted on 04/20/2009 7:53:13 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: djsherin

Ron Paul bump.


18 posted on 04/20/2009 7:53:33 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: rabscuttle385; djsherin; bamahead; murphE; Extremely Extreme Extremist; Captain Kirk; Gondring; ...

Ping


19 posted on 04/20/2009 8:00:53 PM PDT by djsherin (Government is essentially the negation of liberty.)
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To: Oldpuppymax

You CAN join them. Go to their website and sign up if you wish.


20 posted on 04/21/2009 1:35:39 AM PDT by Enough_Deceit (Proud Mama of a US Marine and a US Soldier Bitterly Hanging On to Her Guns and Religion. Ooorahh!)
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To: AmericanHunter

I just read an article by Devvy Kidd the other day- she was recommending joining the Committees of Safety. It was the first time I had heard of them. Looks like quite a group.


21 posted on 04/21/2009 4:18:14 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a feather bed. -Jefferson)
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To: AmericanHunter

BTTT


22 posted on 04/21/2009 9:35:20 AM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: EdReform

BTTT


23 posted on 04/21/2009 11:16:56 AM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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