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

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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:

http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2013/07/25/oath-keepers-rally-reveals-radical-politics-of-group/

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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The subjects of every state ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the state. - Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (1776)

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