October 26, 2021
“[A]s the Global War on Terror draws down in scope and scale, and as senior Pentagon leaders and White House officials turn their attention towards the next potential conflict — ARSOF [Army Special Operations Forces] is shifting its priorities,” Army Times reports. “Their new mission: Create resistance networks that make invasions by Russia or China too costly for those powers to even attempt.”
“Nations supported under the ROC [Resistance Operating Concept] are encouraged to establish the legal and organizational framework for a resistance and bring it under the official control of their armed forces,” the article explains. “One such example is the Estonian Defence League, a volunteer paramilitary organization whose 16,000 members are organized under Tallinn’s defense ministry and receive training from U.S. special operations.”
So, “a well regulated militia [is] necessary to the security of a free State?” Who knew?
So, What Are We? Chopped Liver?
As for “official control,” the Founders envisioned the States would preserve their interests in such matters, and that “Congress shall have the power... To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.”
Congress hasn’t done that, though, has it? Instead, we have the National Guard, along with the ubiquitous fiction that it is now the militia, being spread by people who want us to swallow that belief on their say-so. Little remembered is the Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s 1982 report on “The Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” which concluded, “Such a reading fails to note that the Framers used the term ‘militia’ to relate to every citizen capable of bearing arms, and that Congress has established the present National Guard under its power to raise armies, expressly stating that it was not doing so under its power to organize and arm the militia.”
The exploitable confusion is no doubt heightened by the wording of U.S. Code, which defines the two classes of militia: “(1)the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and (2)the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.”
That second classification though, per lawyer and Constitutional scholar Dr. Edwin Vieira, is in itself an example of Congressional “malfeasance… beyond the pale.
“Under no circumstances may Congress leave the Militia unorganized, unarmed, or undisciplined--let alone knowingly and intentionally impose such conditions,” Vieira instructs. The very term is “an oxymoron.” If you think about it in terms of the core “security of a free State” purpose of having a militia of the whole people, he’s right.
Speaking of free states, while the power to raise armies is the purview of the Congress, state defense forces were established by some (17 plus Puerto Rico), but not all states, to be deployed within a state. The State Guard Association of the United States exists “to advocate for the advancement and support of regulated state military forces established by state governments,” don’t look for teeth to match the mission statement. The last two defense force units, the Ohio Military Reserve and the Tennessee State Guard, were the last units trained for deployment with issued weapons, but no more. The Tennessee Guard’s role is now to provide unarmed support to the National Guard during deployment, with organized firearms-related activities are limited to marksmanship competitions. What was once the Ohio Military Reserve, formally a military police unit, was reorganized to provide emergency management support and of late has been assisting food banks during the COVID-19 scare by packing, transporting and distributing food and serving meals. State guard units are examples of the organized militia.
And forget what the Founders knew from the War of the Rebellion. Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys are a thing of the past, with many states enacting laws against unorganized militias, also known as “private militias”, and civilian military training. As for what’s still out there, look for most of those to be heavily infiltrated with state and federal confidential informants and outright provocateurs looking for low-hanging fruit to make headlines off of. Let’s be careful out there.
All of which raises the question: Why is it “we” will do for foreign nations what “we” refuse to do for our own?
Consider that a rhetorical question. Those whose prime directive is to amass power have no interest in “the whole people” being armed and trained. Quite the opposite. They know perfectly well why the Founders feared a standing army and insisted “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
If anything, the U.S. military command, like the rest of the political establishment, is actively hostile to the militia concept. The narrative the government and its media cheerleaders are pushing is that armed citizens who believe in the nation of their fathers, particularly those of European ancestry, are not just racists, but “the greatest domestic terror threat” the country faces.
“We’re the guys with the guns,” Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Mark Milley blustered when perpetuating the narrative fiction that President Donald Trump was plotting a government takeover. Credit Milley with knowing the Mao quote about where political power comes from before he called his Chinese counterpart to pledge sabotaging his chain of command and spilling top-secret beans if the time comes for war.
For the Children
It’s interesting the Army Times article also highlights the Estonian Defence League because unlike in the Land of the Second Amendment, they do not demand hysterical ignorance about guns for young people. The Noored Kotkad (Young Eagles), while not a defense organization per se, is “is a patriotic youth paramilitary organization” for boys that among other things, includes “shooting firearms” among its activities. And the Kodutütred (Home Daughters, the Defense League’s girl corps), enhances in them a sense of “love for home and fatherland.”
Imagine the outrage here if the military supported a U.S. organization that promoted these values, starting with teaching children how to shoot. All the right boxes are checked to get the League disparaged as “white nationalists” and fascists. That and they only recognize two genders?
Meanwhile, our “woke” National Archives, signals shame for home and fatherland by posting “harmful language alerts” on its online catalog. And while it insists the intent was not to specifically target Founding documents like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, it’s “explanation” just feels like no one running things there knows when to stop digging:
“[S]ome of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions. In addition, some of the materials may relate to violent or graphic events and are preserved for their historical significance … Some items may: reflect racist, sexist, ableist, misogynistic/misogynoir, and xenophobic opinions and attitudes; be discriminatory towards or exclude diverse views on sexuality, gender, religion, and more...”
Your Tax Dollars at Work
In short, our government is spending untold dollars to prop up patriotism in other countries while arming and training their civilians to defend their homelands. Meanwhile, the administration and its agencies, with plenty of media cheerleading, is working all the angles to disarm U.S. civilians and label armed heritage Americans, including survivalists, preppers, and believers in civil defense programs, as terrorists and as racists. School programs and endless public notices poison the minds of young people against true “commonsense gun safety,” which can only be achieved through disciplined training. That, in turn, can only be achieved if morality and accountability are non-negotiable expectations from the start.
As tempting as it is to blame it all on the Democrats, the Trump administration (and Republicans who held House and Senate majorities from 2014 to 2019) did ZERO in regard to civilian preparedness over four years. That’s despite all of the “best people” he assembled, and even though we experienced real global and domestic threats, widespread riots and the COVID19 “pandemic.”
The bottom line (not that anyone should expect to see it happen unless those in power have no choice and those promoting it have a credible “or else” attached to their demands) is that the Founders’ prescription for “the security of a free State” will never be actualized until the Constitutional provisions they devised have been implemented – and that all hinges on no infringements on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Take that out and the whole house of cards collapses.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. In addition to being a regular featured contributor for Firearms News and AmmoLand Shooting Sports News, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.