After two decades of reading and thinking, and several years with alternative radio and the internet, I have come to the conclusion that the loosely knit group often referred to as the patriot movement exists primarily on the internet.
Yes, there are some actual patriot authors (like myself), alternative radio programs, patriot websites and blogs, tax protesters, militia units, etc. But there are precious few patriots per capita. I believe this for three primary purposes.
First, I have personally met very few (perhaps a half dozen) people who fall into the aforementioned categories. Second, because the movement has not really went anywhere since the 1990s era flare-up brought about by the the 1994 Crime Bill/AWB, Ruby Ridge, Waco, etc.; it may have actually calmed down a bit. Third, because any “protest” of any size -such as the NRA, the Tea Parties, and the Trump movement- is openly philosophically flawed in important areas -and often compromised by the enemy.
Sarcasm now beginning. But, my readers, there is one place where it is both safe and fashionable to be a true, hard core patriot -the internet! After doing your 9 to 5 at a factory, office, restaurant, or retail store you can log on to the net, pick an alias, and begin posting comments or blogging -to people who cannot see you or speak to you. If picking an alias is to bold, you can defend America by posting anonymous comments on news article sites. That will have the enemy fleeing our shores in terror!
Now do not type something stupid, like a threat of violence against a particular person or place; the government can hunt you down by your IP address and drag you from your comfortable house in the suburbs.
You can get online and rant and rant, without having to defend the logic of your statements to anyone -as no one is physically present.
Why be a mere patriot when you can be a Patriot Chatroom Warrior? (under an assumed name of course) In the chatrooms, a 5 foot 4 inch computer nerd in new Jersey can be an ex-Navy SEAL now living in a mountain bunker in Idaho -just waiting for the government to “cross the line”.
And if people get too hard on you in the chatroom or the on the comments section of the news sites you go to, just change your name and post under a different alias -or better yet start calling your cyber criticizers “feds”, “shills”, or “controlled opposition”.
Why would the enemies of America fear an awakened populace, talented investigative journalists, patriots websites, or even militia units -when you have the capability to make memes! Yes indeed, it appears that daring internet patriots have the state on the run worth their electronic panel cartoons.
You would stay in shape, hand out free copies of the Constitution daily, talk to coworkers about current events, and even occasionally shoot the guns you own -if only you were not so busy on the internet.
And if daringly posting memes and comments under your alias gets fatiguing, you can drink a beer between each electronic blow you strike for your country! (Note: Beer may make comments less coherent and more entertaining).
Internet patriot, if you were any bolder, your friends, family, and coworkers might actually know that you were a patriot. But do not tell them, it might damage your social standing. Sarcasm now over.
Perhaps I was a little harsh with my sarcasm against pretend patriots. Most present day patriots use the internet, but they do not confine their patriot thoughts to the internet. After meeting so few true patriots, I sometimes feel alone in my stances for liberty and the Founders. Yes there are true patriots out there, and some will read this post. But it appears that we are rather rare.
Copyright (c) 2016 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.