By, James Carner

Our founding fathers knew that absolute power corrupts absolutely. They understood from history that every regime of power goes beyond its limitations. Why? Because it’s human nature. Give any child a toy and the child beside it will want it. It’s in our DNA. But why a militia? Don’t we have a military and a national guard? A backup needs a backup. That’s what is so brilliant about the Constitution. It was written to be the best of the best. And it has withstood for over 200 years now.

A militia is needed to be armed and ready at a moments notice. Always alerting the state that if the justice department becomes corrupt, it will be triggered. Always alerting the governor that if they go against the people for personal gain, the militia will be activated. It gives the power of fear from all directions to make sure that our leaders are held accountable for their actions. A militia is the last defense that people have in order to restore it’s original constitution. It’s a group of ex-military, ex-national guard and volunteers that the state appoints.

Every state is required to have one. Article 10 (X) of Oregon’s Constitution, and you can view it here, says, “Section 1. State militia. The Legislative Assembly shall provide by law for the organization, maintenance and discipline of a state militia for the defense and protection of the State … The Governor, in his[her] capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the military forces of the State, shall appoint and commission an Adjutant General. All other officers of the militia of the State shall be appointed and commissioned by the Governor upon the recommendation of the Adjutant General.”

If you Google the term “militia”, you will see all kinds of good resources that explain the purposes of having a fighting organization of non-professional soldiers called upon for military service for times of need. It will show links explaining a militia is, “a body of citizens enrolled for military service, and called out periodically for drill but serving full time only in emergencies”. There is nothing sinister about it. There is nothing scary about it. Yet, our own state does not have one. Why?

In 2016, Robert LaVoy Finicum, a spokesman for the militia group “Citizens for Constitutional Freedom”, seized and occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the State of Oregon in protest to the terms of his grazing permit with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). His family had a legal right to graze there while the government (Clinton Foundation) had sold the rights to the Uranium resources where the cows grazed to Russia.

The media, and even Wikipedia,  back in 2016, during this intense standoff, painted a picture that Finicum was a thief. They used the word “militia” as a group of thugs and demonized them standing up for their rights. In the end, the Bundy brothers were found not guilty of conspiracy in the Oregon militia standoff, however, not one elected official took responsibility for the death of Robert LaVoy Finicum by the hands of the FBI. Governor Kate Brown gave the order.