One of these is not like the other - The Oath Keepers

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A California Sheriff is being cancelled. From NPR:

California sheriff defends his past membership in the extremist Oath Keepers militia
The sheriff of California's Riverside County, outside Los Angeles, has acknowledged that he once briefly belonged to the extremist Oath Keepers militia in 2014 after emails from the group were leaked online.

In an interview, Sheriff Chad Bianco sought to downplay his past affiliation with the organization, while also insisting that the aims of the Oath Keepers — which has emerged as one of the largest groups in the far-right patriot militia movement — have been misunderstood. In August, 17 Oath Keepers members were indicted in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Sounds downright scary.  Fly off the handle and spray booollets around the supermarket. Right Wing!!!!!!  Oooooo...

But, let's look at the Oath Keepers' Oath - from Area Ocho (a new daily read for me)

Oathkeepers
This California sheriff is taking a lot of heat for being a past member of the “extremist Oath Keepers militia” back in 2014. The Oathkeepers are being unreservedly maligned. They aren’t extremists in my book.

I was a member in the past, because as a veteran and a first responder, I agreed with their ten point promise:

    1. We will NOT obey orders to disarm the American people.
    2. We will NOT obey orders to conduct warrantless searches of the American people
    3. We will NOT obey orders to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to military tribunal.
    4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state.
    5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty.
    6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.
    7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.
    8. We will NOT obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control.”
    9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.
    10. We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.

In other words, they are keeping their oath of enlistment to support and defend the Constitution.

I guess that is extremism.

Like he said.  Everything in these ten points is reinforced in our Constitution.

Compare and contrast with these ten points:

    1. Abolition of private property in land and application of all rents of land to public purpose
    2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax
    3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance
    4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels
    5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly
    6. Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the state
    7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan
    8. Equal obligation of all to work.  Establishment of Industrial armies, especially for agriculture
    9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the population over the country
    10. Free education for all children in government schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. etc.

Be sure to visit this link and see how far the United States has come in following these ten points.
Karl Marx first wrote these out as the Ten Planks of Communism.

Time to get some adults in the room and return to our roots.

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