Slate | The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition
"Normally, no American government would engage in such business. … It is only in the curious fanaticism of Prohibition that any means, however barbarous, are considered justified." —- "'Only one possessing the instincts of a wild beast would desire to kill or make blind the man who takes a drink of liquor, even if he purchased it from one violating the Prohibition statutes,' proclaimed Sen. James Reed of Missouri. —- Oh, is THAT why people often went blind after drinking moonshine. It figures.
Oath Keepers | About OathKeepers
From the Oath Keepers web site. Nothing jumps out at me as being immediately objectionable. To the contrary, there is much to support. I'll be looking out for these folks.
FOXNews | Bill O'Reilly Interviews Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes
Here, the Oath Keeper's founder sound like he has a better grasp of fundamental Constitutional principles than does Bill O'Reilly. Mind you, the Supreme Court has been known to establish "emergency" exceptions to the Constitution. The one that most readily comes to mind is Home Building & Loan Assn. v. Blaisdell, 290 U.S. 398 (1934), in which the Supreme Court essentially held that States could ignore the contract clause of the constitution in the event of an emergency. The Supreme Court could potentially side with O'Reilly on this one.
Oath Keepers and the Age of Treason | Mother Jones
Expose on a fringe, right-wing survivalist group. I read only half of the first page. I'd like to finish as time permits. For now, this quote jumped out at me: "Most of the men's gripes revolve around policies that began under President Bush but didn't scare them so much at the time. 'Too many conservatives relied on Bush's character and didn't pay attention,' founder Rhodes told me. 'Only now, with Obama, do they worry and see what has been done. I trusted Bush to only go after the terrorists. But what do you think can happen down the road when they say, 'I think you are a threat to the nation?'" Apparenlty they were unfased by the whole PATRIOT-Act-Bush-Doctrine-enemy-combatant-extraordinary-rendition-secrecy-signing-statement-warrantless-wiretapping thing. Only now that a Democrat is in office do they realize that tyranny might work against them. Sounds kind of fickle to me, but perhaps I should finish the article before I judge.
Note: This was the first article about the Oath Keepers that I came across. After viewing the Bill O’Reilly interview and the video statement, my opinion shifted in the Oath Keepers’ favor. I’m interested in learning more.
Links for February 22, 2010: U.S. Government Poisoned Alcohol During Prohibition, Oath Keepers, others….