(EXAMINER) Recently, we looked at the possibility that the Pentagon, in order to allay misguided (if not deliberately fabricated) fears that the Oath Keepers are a dangerous “extremist” organization, would ban service members’ participation in the group. The Constitution’s staunchest defenders, in other words, would be treated in the same way as would a member of the KKK, or a supporter of Hezbollah.
Per the Associated Press:
The Pentagon may reconsider rules governing participation in extremist organizations that some lawmakers say appear outdated and too narrow in light of the shooting rampage at the Army base in Texas.
Lieberman said Congress may recommend such a review, and a Pentagon spokesman said Friday that the rules could be among the policies scrutinized by a wide-ranging inquiry aimed at preventing another similar attack.
Groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center would loudly applaud a broadening of the definition of “extemist organization,” so as to include the Oath Keepers, asevidenced by this statement:
Oath Keepers, the military and police organization that was formed earlier this year and held its April muster on Lexington Green, may be a particularly worrisome example of the Patriot revival.
Leave it to the SPLC to find a revival of patriotism “worrisome.”
The Oath Keepers have vowed to risk their careers, and perhaps their very freedom, in order to protect our liberty. If they face attack from the Pentagon, it is only right that we do what we can to protectthem.
“But what,” you may ask, “can we do to help them?” Glad you asked. There’s something that the DoD fears more than the growing Chinese military, the resurgent Russian military, and a nuclear-armed Iran–combined: budget cuts. Get a few members of Congress–particularly defense budget committee members–involved, and the Pentagon becomes downright eager to please.
There’s recent precedent for this. Back in the spring, the DoD suddenly changed its policy for disposal of used cartridge brass, which had been sold to ammunition makers for “remanufacture” into inexpensive ammunition. Under the changed policy, the cartridge brass would be shredded, and useful only as scrap. This would have exacerbated what at the time was a pretty dire shortage of ammunition (particularly in popular calibers–which also happen to be military calibers–like 9mm Parabellum and 5.56x45mm), adversely affecting both private citizens and police departments–andwasting taxpayers’ money.
So gun rights organizations–and gun owners–got involved. We got in our Senators’ and Representatives’ ears–and we prevailed. Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester wrote a letter(pdf file) to the Defense Logistics Agency, and voilà–the policy was rescinded.
Congress members always claim to be loyal to the Constitution (well, except for Nancy “Are you serious?” Pelosi)–let’s give them a chance to show some evidence of that loyalty, by supporting those who have sworn–repeatedly–to defend the Constitution. Tell them that you want them to demand that the Pentagon not allow the Ft. Hood atrocity to degenerate into a witch hunt that ends with the Oath Keepers as the “witch.” If you live in a district represented by a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, or the House version, your voice might make an even larger difference.
It’s worth a call and/or an email, isn’t it?