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John Last

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  1. Welcome aboard Crash. If you look at the list of units, you'll see most are either defunct or have a facebook page. That leaves it pretty much open, as far as developing your own unit, depending on your location. I think the ICVM might be state-wide, but I'm not sure. In any case, welcome.
  2. I did a little checking and here are a couple of numbers that illustrate how helpful our allies are to "the cause" of protecting world democracy. At it's peak the US had roughly 100,000 soldiers in Afghanistan. The British peaked at about 9,500 and the Dutch a little under 2,000, while the French had approximately 4,000. A pretty niggardly showing if you ask me... considering over 330,000 American soldiers died in Europe, bailing them out TWICE. The importance of our allies indeed.
  3. Here's how I see it. Secretary Mattis is an excellent Secretary of Defense: knows his stuff front to back... He is, however (as we all are) a product of his experiences. If you tell him to do XYZ that's exactly what he will do. Now we get to his personal mindset. I don't know the man personally, but his mission for the last 30+ years has been to aggressively engage the enemy and destroy him. He's conditioned to confront an enemy. I believe now is the time when we need to re-evaluate our "global commitments". Remember that no foreign country really cares about the USA. If they join us, it's to further their own interests. We have been the strongman/world (military) superpower for over 70 years. We are facing some major challenges right here, right now. A civil war with communist/anarchist Antifa for one (but includes socialist members of deep state and Congress): sponsored in part, I believe, by an educational system that has betrayed our nation's ideals. Sanctuary cities which don't recognize Federal laws. An economic war with China, Russia and others who would love to see our economic might crippled or destroyed. An invasion (UN sponsored?) of illegal immigrants that could literally re-make our country. Crumbling infrastructure (which we will need if there's a real war). The real possibility of a shooting war on several fronts (Iran, Baltic countries, Ukraine, Pacific/China etc.). And if I spent a little time thinking about it, I could add more. I believe we need a Sec. Def. who can re-focus on the military problems confronting a nation on the downturn: juggling political and economic priorities as well as our military objectives. Remember, the Roman legions were winning wars in far off lands when the city fell to the Barbarians. Our power is not unlimited and we need to take care of our own interests. Do you honestly think 2000 men at an installation (Syria, Poland, Estonia etc.) can hold against a serious assault by several armored divisions with air support? If victory is possible in Afghanistan, why haven't we achieved it after 17 years? Time to start thinking about which fights are worth fighting.
  4. Strictly my opinion here... but the bottom line seems simple to me. For over two hundred years, the American people bought, sold, collected and carried guns. Nothing much happened, except eeeevery once in a while, there would be a wacko/villain who would go off the deep end and commit an act of extreme violence. These were truly "isolated incidents". Basically, I'm talking about the period of 1890's (the end of the wild west) until 2006 or so. Today we have a school shooting or night club massacre seemingly every week... although if you'll notice carefully, these events cease when a bigger event, like the border caravans, government shutdown etc. comes along. Setting aside a rigid statistical analysis, we can draw a couple of fairly obvious conclusions. 1. These mass shootings are possibly being "managed" for some purpose... to further the UN Small Arms Treaty, influence public opinion in regard to changing firearms laws in the country, destroying the Constitution and our national sovereignty, or, as Congressional Bills are so fond of stating: FOR OTHER PURPOSES. 2. There has been a profound change in the way people think/view the world. For the last 40 years or more, there has been a night-and-day shift in the way we raise and educate our young people. There is little if any respect for anything: even the value of human life. There's a laundry list of issues, but the bottom line is; without a solid foundation, kids grow up to be adults; delicate snowflakes who think they can do anything they please... other folks be damned. Of course, we will always have the mentally challenged among us, but what have we done about their care during the last 40 years? 3. As a society/culture we tolerate things today that would have been punished swiftly and harshly 40-50 years ago. Chief among these is the belief that we need to restrict the entire population for the actions of a few. Logic is as dead as the Dodo bird. People who are intent on doing what they want to do (perform criminal acts) won't care two whits about whatever laws we make, new or old. Punish the offender, don't hobble the entire population.
  5. Agreed... with this understanding. The militia has suffered from "bad press" for over twenty years now, and public perception can be quite negative. Also note, your local Police Dept. is there to ENFORCE the law (as directed by the Mayor, City Council etc.): not to serve and protect the people. The SCOTUS has confirmed that they have no obligation to protect anyone. Gen. Mike Flynn trusted the "police" (FBI) and they betrayed him... it could happen to your group. Same goes for the Sheriff of your county. He, however, is elected by the people and MAY be more in tune with them. Before disclosing to any law enforcement agency, much of anything about your group, check to make sure they really, truly support the Constitution and won't "inform" on you, put you under surveillance, or take you in to custody for exercising your civil rights. My first contact would probably be with the Sheriff, without much concern for the local police.
  6. Great article!! The US has the best logistics in the world. 20 or so people supporting each infantryman. That's what gave us the edge in WWII. In contrast, the Japanese had 3 supporting 100 infantry. They could pack a punch...but couldn't sustain the drive: always running low on food, ammunition, boots, fuel etc. Never underestimate the value of support, and definitely something to consider when organizing your militia unit: who, how and when will your unit get re-supplied (right down to dry socks)?
  7. Historically, virtually all communist militarized forces have used "red" in it's title, thus denoting their communist origins. This begins IIRC back in 1917 when the Bolsheviks (red flag for communist revolution) took over the Russian government and began their civil war (Red against White armies) and is pretty much accepted as such around the world. I don't think you'll have much luck getting American patriots to join a "Red Army" of any kind. Antifa might line up to join. May I suggest Continental Army of (your state/county etc.) as a name?
  8. I'm down with pretty much everything that's been said. Now, with the situation being what it is... where is the line that we will not tolerate being crossed? A guy in Indiana might not be inclined to take action over a concealed carry restriction in Oregon, for example. Who will make the call on when the balloon goes up (will it be nation wide)?
  9. Well, let's see. First off, I don't consider fighting a Chinese and/or Russian invasion of my homeland, fighting against God. Our government is of, by and for the people; with Judeo-Christian "principles" as it's framework. We are not a theocracy. Have we strayed from the original intent of our Founders? Absolutely yes, but it's not a requirement to be Jewish or Christian or Hebrew in order to be a citizen. Lots (maybe even a majority?) of citizens are not such believers. With that said, our laws are supposed to protect ALL the people. If and when it violates, badly enough, the principles set forth in the Constitution, it will be time to stand up and be counted. To put things in a more religious context for you: I will not take the mark. I will not be among those casting stones.
  10. So who will you fight together with, and against who will you resist, when these invasions take place? I'm reminded of the old saying: the enemy of my enemy, is my friend. Will you join with the forces of the United States government to fight the Godless Chinese, and the Russians... or will you fight with them to destroy, as you put it, the satanic, morally corrupt USA? I've got my thoughts on the matter, but I would certainly like to hear yours.
  11. Absolutely makes sense. Which, for me at least, makes it a somewhat complicated topic. As many of you no doubt have experienced, the leadership and "personality" of militia units has a lot to do with how they are perceived. Seems to me, and I've heard others say, that many units are political in nature as Rip said above: run by somebody on an ego trip: or a beer drinking social club. Other groups seem like they can't wait to mix it up with the government: from a firepower standpoint, that's just nuts. Being a Constitutionalist, I believe our duty is basically the same as our armed forces: namely the security of The United States (county or town if we narrow it down). Personalities and politics are, in my opinion, stumbling blocks to those ideals... which makes finding a "reliable" unit very difficult. Here's something that just occurred to me. Somebody above said that whether or not your group calls itself a militia, it is. I think there really are differences between let's say, a neighborhood watch group that mobilizes for example to fight a flood, and a militia unit that does the same. Here's why I think that. The MILITIA unit is, at it's core, a military formation; formed with the idea of using force if ordered to do so. To that end, they should have a formal command structure (to be held responsible for it's conduct), be familiar with military/guerilla tactics, have and be willing to use force to accomplish their mission. So, in my mind, not every mutual assistance group, or MAG, is or should be considered a militia unit, if their primary purpose is not military. A Sheriff's posse isn't, the Home Owner's association isn't, the Rod and Gun club isn't. To think otherwise is to paint with a very broad brush.
  12. Not that anybody cares, but here's my "rule of thumb". First: be on time for your appointments. I'll wait 15 minutes for somebody: traffic, late start etc. can happen to anybody. At 30 minutes I leave: something came up and you couldn't make it. If I wait for an hour, it has to be pretty important for ME, and if they don't show, it tells me everything I need to know about them.

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