“A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague” — Tullius Cicero
The Saga of Benedict Arnold
In an act that has made his name synonymous with treason in American history, General Benedict Arnold conspired to turn his command of West Point over to the British. In return, he was to receive money and become a general in the British army. His treason was discovered when Major Andre, his British contact, was captured. Andre was reluctantly hung as a spy.
General Arnold’s career seemed to go into a nose dive after the victory at Saratoga. After his second marriage, he found himself in debt, and he harbored simmering resentment at not receiving the credit he felt he deserved for his military exploits. Thus when he was approached by the British, Arnold was receptive to abandoning the patriot cause. Arnold demanded £20,000 and a commission as a major general in the British army for giving up West Point.
On September 21, 1780, British army major John Andre came ashore in full uniform near Havestraw from the HMS Vulture. There, he met Arnold to finalize the agreement. Unfortunately for them, the Vulture then came under American fire and headed away, leaving Andre stranded. Andre reluctantly donned civilian clothes and headed down the Hudson with a safe conduct pass from Arnold. On September 23 near Tarrytown, Andre was captured by three militiamen, who turned him over to the commander at North Castle. The jig was up. Andre was found carrying incriminating papers. When Arnold was notified at breakfast the following morning that a British officer had been captured, he fled by boat to the Vulture. Andre was later hung as a spy.
The moral of the story? West Point was saved by three militiamen — citizen soldiers and patriots of the Republic. That’s right, just THREE citizens who’d taken up arms in defense of the Constitution, and the Republic for which it stands. One was a farmer, one was a blacksmith, and one ran a general store…
Citizens… Patriots… Heros… MILITIAMEN!
They nailed Major Andre in the bargain, too, those three locals with muskets. And he was a REAL big deal, he really was. They pulled off a real coup that day, and set the British back bigtime. Three guys with single-shot hunting rifles. Remember the British were the pre-eminent superpower of that era, an authentically overwhelming force both on land and at sea…
This old illustration depicts the capture of British Major John Andre by three Patriot Militiamen. His capture led to the exposure of Benedict Arnold as a traitor to the Patriot Movement, and the unraveling of a plot to capture West Point.
The Patriot’s Pledge
We are AMERICANS — there’s nothing we can’t do, together. And we don’t lay down for anyone…
This is OUR home, OUR land. We’re 300 million strong — you can’t kill us all, or jail us all…
We will defend ourselves, our land, our families, and our country against any direct threat of force either foreign or domestic, by whatever means available and/or necessary…
For WE THE PEOPLE are sovereign in this nation, WE THE PEOPLE are the ultimate authority, the moral majority, the righteous, and the only true and just cause under God… through the powers and privileges granted us by the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights…
Fascism, tyranny, runaway police-state mentality and authority, state-sponsored kidnappings and assassinations, the designation of America as a battleground and Americans as enemy combatants, and the arbitrary arrest without charge and indefinite incarceration without trial of American citizens on American soil by elements of the American government is unacceptable and an outrage to our collective heritage and the most precious principles which we hold dear…
And represents a fatal disconnect between the agenda now being carried out by those who have seized power within the Central Government, and the best interests of the American public… AN ACT OF WAR.
Four members of the Missouri Militia take a break from training to turn back the fascist tide to pose for a snapshot for posterity. If three poorly-trained, poorly-equipped 18th-century militiamen could pull off one of the most stunning coups of the First Revolutionary War, think of what these well-armed, fully-trained Patriots could accomplish!
Oath Keepers, an organization of veteran and active-duty military personnel, police officers, and firemen, who have reaffirmed their oath to defend the Constitution against all threats both foreign and domestic, including that posed by an overreaching and tyrannical central government spun out of any semblance of ethical and rational control, has launched a national effort to recall or remove by any other lawful means all of the oath-breaking members of Congress in both the House and Senate, who voted for the National Defense Appropriations Act of 2012 (NDAA), which contains provisions that authorize the arbitrary arrest without charge, indefinite military detention, and trial by military commission of “any person” – including U.S. citizens and lawful residents – upon the mere say-so of the President or any of his subordinates in the Executive Branch, such as within the Department of Defense or CIA.
Note from John: For anyone wondering where the “roster” is, just click on the red words “House” and “Senate” in the preceeding item on the Oath Keepers recall initiative. These are links to an official government site where the voting data is stored. Clicking on “House” will pull up the HOR roster, and clicking on “Senate” will pull up the results of the Senate vote.
I tried to install all of that on here in some kind of logical, aesthetic order, so you guys wouldn’t have to go elsewhere to get it, but it turned out to be a nightmare for purely technical reasons I won’t go into here, and a couple of simple mouse clicks will take you to the official, more comprehensive documents anyway.