Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” That oath, mandated by Article VI of the Constitution itself, is to the Constitution, not to the politicians, and Oath Keepers declare that they will not obey unconstitutional orders, such as orders to disarm the American people, to conduct warrantless searches, or to detain Americans as “enemy combatants” in violation of their ancient right to jury trial. See the Oath Keepers Declaration of Orders We Will Not Obey for details.
Phi Beta Iota: Chris Hedges’ most recent book, Wages of Rebellion, has elevated the importance of Oath Keepers. The central point of the book is that revolutions succeed only when the military and the police refuse to enforce orders from the elite, and side with the citizens. The Oath sworn to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, is quite clear. Less clear to many citizens has been the gradual encroachment of ideological, financial, and religious treason across local, state, and federal government entities.