Perhaps it is time that someone asked Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder about his membership in Oath Keepers?

Posted by Richard Drake on Mon, May 12, 2014 at 5:16 AM

Among the groups who were scrambling to align themselves with the Nevada rancher who knew a thing or two about “Negroes” in recent days were the Oath Keepers, an organization of County Sheriffs across the United States who swear to defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic.

Well, mostly domestic, actually.

Invariably, as when happens at large unruly parties, tempers flare, egos get in the way of rationality, and people’s feelings get hurt and they go home. In the case of Cliven Bundy, the man who has inspired the admiration of so many gun-totin’ patriots from around the country, the party has been breaking up in a pretty spectacular fashion - though not quickly enough to suit the nervous residents of the surrounding area.

Aside from yet another aged white man speaking to the choir on matters of race, the paranoid rantings of the Oath Keepers “warning” folks that a drone attack was about to occur at any time - whereupon the folks sworn to protect the Constitution left what they described as the “kill zone” - much to the ire of various militia members from around the country who had come to the ranch.

As a result, there is some bad blood - at least this month - between Oath Keepers and many in the militia movement. But people are generally pretty forgiving, especially when FEMA concentration camps loom on the horizon.

But who exactly are the Oath Keepers, and why should anyone in Northwest Arkansas care?

Founded in 2009, Oath Keepers is made up mainly of law enforcement personnel and past and present members of the United States military who have been led to believe that the biggest threat to the Constitution comes from within our own government. Its founder, Stewart Rhodes, has urged members not to follow orders to impose martial law - or even to help put folks in those long-feared detention/concentration camps.

But the concerns of the group go far beyond that. At a recent Idaho gathering (the Northwest Patriots and Self Reliance Rally) speakers from the John Birch Society addressed the group, as well as folks who have long urged law enforcement officials not to enforce federal gun laws.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, one radio ad touting the event went like this:

“If you’re concerned about the future of America, if you’ve awakened to the peril facing our American heritage, our Judeo Christian way of life and the very existence of our future as a nation, if you realize the importance of preparing for an uncertain future and striving for a self-sufficient lifestyle, then there will only be one place to be.”

For more background information on Oath Keepers, you can go to:

Offhand, I am just a little creeped out that Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder’s name crops up as a member of this group. He is, of course, not the only Arkansas sheriff whose name appears on the list.

I have long been surprised that no one in the media in Northwest Arkansas seems to have asked him about this before. Not the television stations; our TV news programs are so conservative that they literally have never met the conservative elected official they haven’t felt the need to be sycophantic towards.

There is one charming website which not only lists all the sheriffs in the country who are members of Oath Keepers, but also has articles on the site such as:

Government Registry System is Being Set Up to Track Your Vaccination Status!

ALERT!... Government Funded Phone App Tracks 'Vaccine Refusers'

AGENDA 21 - An UNsustainable America

Did JP Morgan Deliberately Sink the Titanic?... You Decide

Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder, of course, can belong to any little social club he belongs to - but Oath Keepers? Really, Tim?


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This just makes me like Sheriff Helder even more! Anybody who would quote the Southern Poverty Lie Center is not credible. Besides, aside from lefty loons, terrorists and traitors, who wouldn't want their elected officials to obey their oath of office to uphold the Constitution? God bless Helder and all other Oath Keeping lawmen and military!

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Posted by Conservaton on 05/12/2014 at 10:31 AM

If you cannot identify with the Oath Keeper Creed, then what do you believe? A central government with unlimited powers that rules with SWAT teams and sniper squads? You write the article in a style that says you are above it all. When it comes down to it, you are the core of the problem.

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Posted by 91B20 on 05/12/2014 at 5:04 PM

So there we have it! All along it's simply citizen-journalists like RS drake who's to blame for the problems facing us. who knew?

First of all Helder is an ARKANSAS SHERIFF, not a sheriff with allegiances elsewhere.
His oath of office is (1) to the U.S.Constitution and to, (2), Arkansas Constitution.
So, why does he need to align with a group which encourages disobedience to our laws?

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Posted by eLwood on 05/13/2014 at 2:05 AM

It’s a shame that a man as intelligent as Richard Drake fell for the Southern Poverty Law Center propaganda. The tenuous broad brush indirect attack by SPLC is typical. It’s like me saying that Fayetteville Farmers Market supports drug use, protectionism, homeopathy, and communism because they allow speakers, singers, and activist booths. Duh! So SPLC condemns Oath Keepers because they hold a Prepper Fest and some loonies speak there. Richard should see through this shit. Did he even look at the other side of the story?

“Over 1300 guests, and over 100 vendors and volunteers were in attendance over the 3-day gathering.  Vendors from throughout Idaho and the northwest were there to provide the goods, while guest speakers traveled from as far as 1500 miles to attend the event.  The days were filled with on-the-hour workshops covering topics about Survival Oils, Self-Defense, Sound Money, and Dressing a Rabbit for Dinner, to name a few , while the evenings were reserved for the main stage.” - See more at:…

Trust the SPLC to turn the King Biscuit Blues Festival into a Klan rally!

Richard tells us who the Oath Keepers are: “Founded in 2009, Oath Keepers is made up mainly of law enforcement personnel and past and present members of the United States military who have been led to believe that the biggest threat to the Constitution comes from within our own government.” Yes! Just like the ACLU, they think that “the biggest threat to the Constitution comes from within our own government.” Richard should love them! Except he’s distracted by a John Birch Society guilt by association smear. And he doesn’t like the idea that, as long as there’s a 2nd Amendment, people who took an oath do defend the Constitution will not enforce unconstitutional civilian disarmament laws.

I am so glad Sheriff Helder is a member. That explains a lot! He and the county prosecutor have announced that carrying a sidearm in Washington County is totally legal in their opinion, and they will act accordingly by not arresting people. (Regardless of what the silly Arkansas Attorney General says.) Right on! The local government recognizes the right of self defense!

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Posted by Hogeye Bill on 05/14/2014 at 12:28 PM
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