The peculiar ideology of Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee challenging Sen. Harry Reid in Nevada, is perhaps no better illustrated than by her embrace of the patriot group Oath Keepers, whose membership of uniformed soldiers and police take an oath to refuse orders they see as unconstitutional — including enforcement of gun laws, violations of states’ sovereignty, and “any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.”
Back in April, Angle told TPMDC she was a member of the Oath Keepers at a press gaggle in Washington. On Monday, we decided to call Angle’s campaign to confirm her relationship to the group. Angle’s husband, Ted, picked up the phone.
“We support what the organization stands for,” he told us. “Sharron does.”
Members of Oath Keepers — whose motto is “Not on our watch!” — take a 10-item oath affirming that they will not, for example, force citizens into detention camps or invade a state “that asserts its sovereignty and declares the national government to be in violation of the compact by which that state entered the Union.”
To be fair, the US did round up citizens without charge into prison camps which were to a large degree analogous to concentration camps–I am of course talking about Japanese interment by [Franklin Delano] Roosevelt’s administration. And it is the duty of anyone with an investment in this country and its ideals to refuse to comply with such a measure.
However, the US did round up citizens without charge or promise of either trial or legal defense–into Guantamamo Bay, under the [George Walker] Bush administration. Where were the Oath Keepers then, defending the rule of law as a vital component to national security? Something tells me of all the things they begrudge Obama, slowness in shutting down the black box of Gitmo and bringing formal charges against terror suspects aren’t two of them. In short: oath broken.