Militant, Militia, or Patriot?

What is the difference and why does it matter in the Oregon situation?

Let’s start with the word “militant”, which conjures up visions of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Horom, and other militaries trying to control the world and injure as many people as possible. According to Merriam Webster a militant is defined as “engaged in warfare or combat :” a militant person. [1]

Why is this so important in the Bundy situation at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge? If the President can get everyone to address those at the refuge as militants, then the President can use drones to kill off those that will not comply as per this article, “The Obama administration, Holder said, rejected the use of military force where “well-established law enforcement authorities in this country provide the best means for incapacitating a terrorist threat.” But in theory, it’d be legal for the president to order such an attack under certain circumstances, Holder said.”[2]

Militia is defined my Webster as: “: a group of people who are not part of the armed forces of a country but are trained like soldiers”. [3]

Cornell Law defines militia as: 10 U.S. Code § 311 – Militia: composition and classes

“(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

(b) The classes of the militia are—

(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval     Militia; and

(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.” [4]

 

Militia then is a group of individuals who are trained like soldiers, but not part of the military. They can be called out by the county sheriff to assist in the community should there be a need for them, to help secure and protect. If for example there is a small disaster in the county and the all of the police, sheriff, and deputies have already been dispatched, but help is still needed, the militia would then be called out. Then should more assistance be needed the governor could call in the National Guard.

 

The patriots in each state would be the 3%, the Oathkeepers, and others with different names in other states such as the Pacific Patriots Network (PPN) in the Pacific area of the country. The mission statement of the PPN says, “”The mission of Pacific Patriots Network is to provide a comprehensive and integrated response that coordinates community resources to protect life, liberty, property and the environment of our communities through mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from all natural and man-made hazards that may impact our communities. We are our communities first responders.” [5]

As you can see, the terminology used by the President, the main stream media, and others who report the news of the Oregon situation can determine how those patriots and militia who were there to fight for the rights of all Americans are thought of.  The fact is that once the media started calling them “militants” they put them on the wrong side of the situation and deemed that people should hate them, when the reality is far from that.  Those people were there to fight for the rights of not only the ranchers who were having their land stolen by the BLM according to their reports, but to fight for every American to own and keep their land protected from the federal government over reach.

 

 

[1] Merriam Webster definition of “militant”, “engaged in warfare or combat”, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/militant
[2] Eric Holder: Drone Strike To Kill U.S. Citizen On American Soil Legal, Hypothetically
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/05/us-drone-strike_n_2813857.html
[3] Merriam Webster definition of “militia”, : a group of people who are not part of the armed forces of a country but are trained like soldiers”, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/militia
[4] 10 U.S. Code § 311 – Militia: composition and classes, https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/311
[5] Pacific Patriots Network Mission Statement, http://www.pacificpatriotsnetwork.com/about.php

 

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A county judge and his power?

If you have been keeping up at all on what is going on in Burns, OR with the Hammonds,

 

USA Constitution Parchment

USA Constitution Parchment

 

the Bundy brothers out at the Malheur Refuge, Sherriff Ward, and Judge Gratsy, you may wonder who really has the power in the town?  You will see news post from the sheriff’s department about this thing or that, and then you will see where the judge in the county is saying that he will not allow Ammon Bundy or anyone who is committing a crime to hold a public meeting in the town.

Many of the townspeople have said that the judge has threatened them that if they talk to the media, he will do this or that to make their lives miserable.  Restaurant people are saying he has threatened to shut them down if they serve the people at the refuge.  Although I personally have no proof of those claims, I have heard him talk trash about the people at the refuge and demand that they “go home” that the locals want them out of there.  What he doesn’t realize is that “his” town is turning against him and they are talking to what he refers to as the “outsiders” everyday, encouraging them to stay and help them, encouraging them in the processes of getting things back on track for the community and letting it be known that things are worse than the “outsiders” or the rest of the world truly knew before this all started.

You have questionable actions taken by agencies that are supposed to be working for “WE THE PEOPLE”, yet they are stabbing you in the back.  All that legal information will come out soon.  However, one thing that was brought to our attention recently is the Oregon State Constitution which states, ” Now only seven counties, all east of the Cascades, have county judges who retain any judicial authority: Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler (both juvenile and probate jurisdiction); Grant, Harney, and Malheur (probate only); and Morrow (juvenile only).”  http://bluebook.state.or.us/state/judicial/judicial37.htm   This means that as a judge, Steve Gratsy only has authority in Harney County for probates, basically, a glorified paper pusher.  Although he does hold many offices within the county such as Harney County Health Administrator, Harney County Administrator, among others.

The other part of this story is that those “outsiders”, militia, or whatever name you choose to call those at the refuge, they are interested in making sure that the Constitution is followed.  Most people don’t know that the sheriff of the county is the highest ranking law enforcement official in the state.  The sheriff has the authority to tell the FBI, the BLM, and any other federal agency to leave.  That being said, those people at the refuge center are not terrorist, anti-government, or illegal.  They support the Constitution above all else and any law that usurps the Constitution is actually null and void.  There is no law above the Constitution, and it is black and white, it is not negotiable, and no law can change it.