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ATTN: All Texas Militia Units - Unification push

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Two years in the making. There have been massive attempts to give this state its unified militia. We are pushing it now more than ever. The structure is tested and sound. The training is as well. The formats that all these little "groups" including TSM are using, are obviously not working. There is no communication. There is no leadership. There is no accountability and there is no direction. All units come to the table. You have literally nothing to lose and EVERYTHING to gain.

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2 hours ago, Dylan Stamper said:

Two years in the making. There have been massive attempts to give this state its unified militia. We are pushing it now more than ever. The structure is tested and sound. The training is as well. The formats that all these little "groups" including TSM are using, are obviously not working. There is no communication. There is no leadership. There is no accountability and there is no direction. All units come to the table. You have literally nothing to lose and EVERYTHING to gain.

Hi Dylan,

 

I agree that a unified Texas militia would be fantastic. I know that's what you have been working hard towards for a few years now and I appreciate your efforts.

 

Regarding your comments about TSM, I will just say that our bylaws which govern the formation, operation, and interaction of our units are not designed to unify the whole state. So if you held us to that standard, then yes we will fall short. In my opinion, we do have great leadership but like everyone else, we are only humans trying to do the best job we can for our members and limit corruption and over-centralization of power. We have a system of accountability, removing members (whether command or not) from our ranks that violate our bylaws.

 

I just wanted to throw in the the facts as I know them as a member of command in our unit here in Houston.  We have no 'supreme command' individual because that's where corruption breeds and can do the most damage. Rather our command is a board made up of every CO in the state (each of whom have equal representation and are voted in annually by their respective units) that is tasked with maintaining and updating the bylaws as needed, as well as making other decisions that would effect the entire state organization.

 

Thank you for your continued efforts.

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6 minutes ago, Joey Adair said:

Hi Dylan,

 

I agree that a unified Texas militia would be fantastic. I know that's what you have been working hard towards for a few years now and I appreciate your efforts.

 

Regarding your comments about TSM, I will just say that our bylaws which govern the formation, operation, and interaction of our units are not designed to unify the whole state. So if you held us to that standard, then yes we will fall short. In my opinion, we do have great leadership but like everyone else, we are only humans trying to do the best job we can for our members and limit corruption and over-centralization of power. We have a system of accountability, removing members (whether command or not) from our ranks that violate our bylaws.

 

I just wanted to throw in the the facts as I know them as a member of command in our unit here in Houston.  We have no 'supreme command' individual because that's where corruption breeds and can do the most damage. Rather our command is a board made up of every CO in the state (each of whom have equal representation and are voted in annually by their respective units) that is tasked with maintaining and updating the bylaws as needed, as well as making other decisions that would effect the entire state organization.

 

Thank you for your continued efforts.

 

Similar structure of the ICVM in Indiana.  We have a leadership council that advises and support the county leaders.  I was in another organization that had a "supreme leader" previous to the ICVM and it didn't work out well.

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Understand I'm not hating on TSM whatsoever. I love you guys, but the bylaws and chapter method has actually led to some division in certain areas... the structure weve put forward allows for the chapters and bylaws not only to remain but to grow while at the same time allowing for easy and effective communication and command control of our areas of operation. For example... in tyler... there is texas militia and texas state militia because there has been that lack of communication and now we have to split recruitment and weaken each unit individually instead of strengthening into one single unit. Tyler is where this has all started and we would like to continue to use it as a proving ground.

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Guess there is no single 'correct' answer to that one.  Unification is a great idea, and you are should be commended for pushing the whole thing the way you have.  I'm all for it (who wouldn't be?), but it's one of those things that is probably easier said than done.  I'd be tackling something I don't know much about, if I claimed to know what ought to be done. But I do know enough to say it is a darn good idea. 

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Well kax...  I hear that alot... half the people who say it get with the program the other half shrug their shoulders... but the structure is tested and sound. It works. All I really need is contact info from whoever is coming in. We have everything in place. All leadership has to do is pick it up and use it.

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Why don't all of you have a weekend gathering at some central location -- Austin? -- without the requirement to come to any sort of organizational agreement, but rather, just to get to know each other, and to know everyone's concerns? 

 

As I've looked at the various militia units in the US -- admittedly, from a distance -- I have come to the conclusion that the broader they are, the better, in terms of formal political beliefs (but not in terms of 'personal character').  That is, the movement should be open to all patriots who want to defend the concept of a Constitutional Republic.  You shouldn't have to be a Republican, or a conservative, although probably most militia members will lean that way. You shouldn't have to be a church-goer. You shouldn't have to be white. Or male. You should just have to be an adult, not a criminal, and not a crazy. The latter is a bit of a fuzzy definition, and will probaby have to be sorted out by each local unit.  (And be sure that the militia movement will attract both genuine crazies and extremists, and also infiltrators. You will NOT be able to weed out all of the latter. So be careful what you say and write.  The obvious crazies should be gently removed from the contact list.)

 

A loose state-wide organization would be a great step forward: you can do things like have statewide summer camp training sessions. You can get the advantages of a division of labor -- if one unit has someone who is a specialist in combat medicine, they can, at a statewide gathering, train people from every unit. If you have some body which can speak with authority as representing the militia of the whole state, you can get a broader hearing in the media.

 

This seems like such an obvious step ... what are the problems?

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Everything you've just said is the foundation for the new structure. Add in standardized training and communications along with a comprehensive command structure and balanced division of responsibilities and you have what we have worked years to obtain 

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I did a quick 'search' on Facebook for 'Texas' +  'militia' and came up with the following pages. I think most of them, not necessarily every single one, are militia-related. Whether they are still active, I don't know, as I haven't looked at each site.   However, it might be worthwhile checking them out and inviting them to join in your unity drive.

 

One thought: nothing brings people together like working in some joint project together -- ideally, fighting a common enemy. I don't

know what that might be in Texas right now, but with the election coming up, maybe some sort of Texas-wide political rally. (Texas has the problem that it's so big, it's not so easy to get everyone in the state together ... Rhode Islanders, count your blessings!)   Or maybe a bunch of regional voter-registration drives, in coordination with the Republican Party, one for each area?  (And linking up with the local Republicans would be a good thing to do in its own right. Isolation from potential friends is a bad idea.) The current situation with the Chinese Communist Virus is so confused, but there might be an opportunity to do some community-service work, which would also be good.

 

As I said earlier, I would start with something purely social --- just a meet-and-greet, maybe with a couple of speakers, but nothing to stir

up contention and disagrement.  If people know each other, if they can put a face to a name, especially if that face is someone they've shared a meal with, they're less likely to fly up and get into an online shouting session. 

 

Anyway, here are some Facebook links:


https://www.facebook.com/groups/1271597579684024/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1511902249076622/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1523085387908784/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1543622232613375/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/157816567620819/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1617140381908539/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/165880957687391/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1700264570222466/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2084621358420688/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2729727537258615/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/289695284536726/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/320707121844542/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/343020055831686/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/348848739177360/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/507337716095913/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/535434483473615/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/562297670456071/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/598967180148627/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/608503782830295/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/628043714326124/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/650323465095545/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/707276692739686/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/720517937970850/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/790202357766316/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/851491918314778/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/90083231528/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/956760177755457/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TSMSAUnit/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TTFMilitia/
https://www.facebook.com/NorthTexasMilitia/
https://www.facebook.com/TSMilitia/

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