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70 Years Ago Today, WWII Vets Took Up Arms Against Corrupt Cops and Ran Them Out of Town


Establishment political corruption and election rigging have become so commonplace, the stunning collusion and fraud perpetrated by the Democratic National Committee this year — revealed in several document leaks — seemed virtually inconsequential to vast swaths of the voting public.

To some, however, the coordinated plot to install Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee constituted an unforgivable breach of faith, if not outright criminality — particularly since none of those involved will be held accountable. Despite this outrage, a parallel feeling of helplessness also settled in — after all, the disillusioned lamented, what could really be done to thwart such a blatant power-grab?

To those who believe such malfeasance is beyond resolve, perhaps a revisit to the Battle of Athens on its 70th anniversary will offer some perspective.

In 1946, war-weary GIs began to return from World War II battlefronts in Europe and Japan, ready to resume life in their sleepy Tennessee town. What they found, instead, infuriated them to the core. A power-hungry Democrat and his associates had since usurped local government and law enforcement, and had imposed a maniacal chokehold on the McMinn County town through extortive fines, excess laws, and arrests of anyone who opposed them.

While the soldiers were away fighting power-hungry foreign enemies in 1936, Paul Cantrell, a Democrat from a wealthy and prominent family, used that influence to win the position of sheriff. Though many Athens citizens strongly suspected Cantrell hadn’t been elected through entirely legal means, there appeared to be no way to challenge the results.

As the years passed, Cantrell and his deputies took full advantage of Tennessee law which gave the unscrupulous men a fee for each person arrested, jailed, and released. According to some accounts, the lawmen even pulled over buses that happened to pass through town, summarily arrested everyone on board for drunkenness — whether or not they actually were — in order to profit handily from their misfortune. But such arrests and fines required paperwork — which meant traceable money — and to some degree hindered the men’s ability to rake in cash.

“It was less troublesome to collect kickbacks for allowing roadhouses to operate openly,” American Heritage explained. “Cooperative owners would point out influential patrons. They were not bothered, but the rest were subject to shakedowns. Prostitution, liquor, and gambling grew so prevalent that it became common knowledge in Tennessee that Athens was ‘wide open.’”

Because Cantrell and his cronies faced only limited opposition, they thwarted subsequent elections by transporting ballot boxes from every precinct to the McMinn County Jail to be counted behind closed doors. Neutral elections observers became the ‘enemy’ and were frequently forcefully ejected from polling sites, if not arrested.

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With nearly 10 percent of the town’s population fighting overseas, the beleaguered citizens didn’t feel there was much they could do to fight the nefarious political machine.

Cantrell eventually moved on to become a state senator, leaving Pat Mansfield to become his successor as sheriff — exactly as they had planned — but by the time soldiers were arriving home, Cantrell intended to resume his position as McMinn County Sheriff.

By 1946, most GIs had returned home to find the liberties and freedoms they assumed they’d fought for quashed by the succession of zealous sheriffs and their deputies, who made a racket of roughing up and arresting the former soldiers. But their profiteering scheme wasn’t exactly well-received.

Rather than accepting this iniquity, the GIs decided to remove the despised kleptocrats from power by running for office on a non-partisan platform. In response, Cantrell publicly accused the former soldiers of plotting to stuff ballot boxes in their favor — to which the GIs offered a $1,000 reward for verifiable proof that no one ever collected. Fully aware of their opponent’s own ballot-stuffing, the military men employed car-mounted loudspeakers to roll through Athens repeating one of their popular campaign slogans: YOUR VOTE WILL BE COUNTED AS CAST.

On election day August 1, 1946, voters thronged to the polls in record numbers. Mansfield had bolstered his staff of deputies by hiring law enforcement from other cities and even other states. Now some 300 strong, the lawmen hawkishly guarded voting precincts — but rather than looking out for fraud, the men roughed up veterans serving as poll watchers and anyone else they considered troublemakers.

Legally-appointed GI representative, Walter Ellis, became the first person arrested by Mansfield’s goons, after he protested ‘irregularities’ observed in the courthouse precinct. Several others soon followed — all arrested without just cause.

But one of the worst incidents occurred when an elderly black farmer, Tom Gillespie, attempted to cast his vote. One of Cantrell’s badged thugs sneered at the old man, “Nigger, you can’t vote here,” and proceeded to punch him with brass knuckles. When Gillespie dropped his ballot and moved for the door, the goon shot him in the back.

Hearing the gunshot, crowds swarmed into the streets, and Mansfield responded by shutting down the precinct and positioning armed guards to prevent access.

Gillespie’s shooting and the sheriff’s actions enraged the veterans, and one of them shouted, “Let’s go get our guns!”

After the former soldiers retrieved pistols, shotguns, and various other weapons, throngs of citizens joined them in surrounding the county jail where at least 25 deputies had run for cover. The GIs began firing in an attempt to draw the errant lawmen out — but it wasn’t until around 4 a.m. that they finally surrendered.

Many called for the corrupt to be hanged, but ultimately they “were taken to the edge of town, tied to trees, stripped naked and told not to come back.”

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They eagerly complied.

But even this showdown hadn’t stopped Cantrell — as he retained control of the precincts and had pulled ahead in the election — and thus ordered polling sites to close early.

One fed up veteran, Bill White, who had fought in the Pacific theater, grew more irate as the day wore on and decided to rally his compatriots to action.

“You call yourselves GIs,” he bellowed, “you go over there and fight for three of four years — you come back and you let a bunch of draft dodgers who stayed here where it was safe, and you were making it safe for them, push you around … If you people don’t stop this, and now is the time and place, you people wouldn’t make a pimple on a fighting GI’s ass. Get guns …”

White and several others proceeded to raid the National and State Guard armories and returned, heavily armed, to the jail where Cantrell and the few cronies he had left, remained barricaded inside. They demanded Cantrell exit with the ballot boxes, but were met by silence.

After unleashing an — ultimately ineffective — “barrage of gunfire” on the jail, the men procured “a healthy supply of dynamite,” which worked like a charm: Cantrell and his men promptly surrendered.

Astonishingly, despite all the gunfire, explosives, and brutal force, there were no casualties in the Battle of Athens — even Gillespie survived the gunshot to his back.


Cantrell unsurprisingly lost by a landslide, and the victorious GIs immediately began returning the ex-sheriff’s extorted fees to the grateful citizens — eventually returning order to the long-suffering town.

These events were extreme, and though this momentous victory of citizens over corrupt crony politicians proved something can, indeed, be done to fight establishment malfeasance, armed revolt certainly isn’t a realistic or justifiable option now. But other options, particularly when instituted on a large scale, could prove just as fruitful.

One of the most effective ways to vote doesn’t involve elections or polls at all — withdrawing your money from the corporatist system which funds and backs corrupt politicians can be a decisive method to show your intolerance of their policies. Hit politicians where it hurts them most — their wallets — by growing your own organic food, participating in barter and trade, or by either refusing to vote in national elections or opting instead for a third party candidate.

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Be creative in refusing to validate the system that directly permits such corruption — and worse — to continue.

When the law becomes so twisted it allows criminals to operate with impunity, that law is little more than hollow ordinance. If working within the system to change it from the inside isn’t fruitful — think Bernie Sanders — perhaps it’s time to work outside it.

  • Not pro Israel

    Give me Liberty or give me death.

    • Jeff Hinkle

      Kill all monotheists

  • David Lee

    There is a time and place when violence is the only appropriate response. Violence isn’t always the answer, but sometimes it is. We’re all too obsessed with peace and we know damn well that blood will HAVE to be shed to fix this country. I say we wreck up the whole damn country on election day. But I’m just a lunatic and everyone will ignore me.

    • Thomas Paulson

      Maybe not, David.

    • Newtronic

      I am not ignoring you. Speak on, brother.

    • Dangus McFinghin

      What species do you live with? Here with the humans all I see is obsession with violence. Who exactly is “too obsessed with peace”, and where can I sign up to live with them instead?

      • Greg Geitner

        feel free to live on your knees as a slave. unlike you, patriots have a backbone fortitude and a keenly developed sense of upholding the constitution. you dont need to move. im sure some REAL americans will be glad to help you down the road to your destiny. you will be among the first to go.

        • Dangus McFinghin

          What the hell are you talking about? I’m a gun owner and know how to use them. That’s not what I was talking about. I have seen ZERO evidence of people being too obsessed with peace. Everywhere you look is obsession with violence. In our TV shows, our movies, our games, our books, our magazines, its everywhere.

          • Greg Geitner

            go live where you want. hope you find all the peace you want. peace is dead- you are next.

          • David Lee

            The anti-establishment movement is too obsessed with peaceful protest. Everyone tells me to calm down and put away the guillotine, but I’ve been keeping this thing oiled and ready since 1995 and I am getting fucking sick and tired of this shit.

          • Dangus McFinghin

            We’re all going to die Greg. Everyone you know, everyone you’ll ever meet or could meet; all gonna die. Your choice to live in fear or not.

            Even if you get your armed insurrection; what are it’s goals? Who leads it? When does it give up power once it takes it? How do you stop the beast once you unleash it? Who gets to decide what sort of government we get after?

          • Jeff Hinkle

            Come kill me then, you homosexual

          • Greg Geitner

            i didnt write this violence war shit. i am responding to the conditions as they exist. i have no reason to want to kill you UNLESS you threaten me or mine. the burden of knowing you have killed another human, justified or not, is huge. over the years i have noticed when you start calling someone a sexual slur youre talking about yourself. good luck with that.

          • David Lee

            Was referring to the movement being too peaceful. We need riots. We need to show them we are NOT gonna stand for this bullshit!

          • Dangus McFinghin

            I don’t outright disagree, but I do think there is a time and a place for such things. There’s a fine line between lighting a torch and lighting a forest fire. We definitely need protests, but riots don’t look good and they are propaganda points for your opponents to demonize you with.

          • Rod

            The problem with your statemeny is, you need a legal framework, to begin with in order to pursue your claims. You cant just come out shooting! No one will side you. Im Native American. Ive learned from history.

        • Jeff Hinkle

          I find that most “patriots” are white race traitors who worship a sick Jewish god and bend over to take messiah penis in their holes every day. You are a slave of Judaism, “Christian” creep. And Islam is the same thing, but you think your god, the god of your conquerers, who raped Europe into submission 1700-some years ago, is special. All monotheists are homosexual under the thrusting control of the same desert god. Middle eastern values do not belong in the West.

          • timdnml .

            Couldn’t help but notice you seem to be obsessed with homo-erotic imagery. Project much?

          • Jeff Hinkle

            Jesus is a gay Jew basterd

          • Greg Geitner

            why dont you make a comment worth reading.

          • Jeff Hinkle

            White trash loser shit pile you are. Suck off your savior, bitch pussy! Bend over for the Jews, beta queer!

          • Jeff Hinkle

            Christianity is sure ennobling for whites, huh?! Jewish dictators and other middle eastern trash figures ruling over you, raping and burning everything native to Europe. Go put a cross in your ass and tickle your balls with the bible. Feels good, huh?? Ya self-hating masochistic piece of cracker trash. You are the ni**er of white people.

          • Greg Geitner

            your intelligence is showing.

          • Jeff Hinkle


          • timdnml .

            My favorite part is where this tough guy ignorant stump-humper can’t even spell nigger, fuck, or supercunt out loud.

          • Jeff Hinkle

            I didn’t know if this was a free site or a fag Marxist site. Ok, then: nigger nigger nigger fuck fuck fuck cunt cunt cunt fag fag fag faggot faget raghead muzzie mooslem kike a-rab wetback spic darkie jigaboo spearchucker spook chink chinky-eyes gook bitch pussy motherfucker muthafucka SUPERCUNT

          • timdnml .

            Do you still have the coat hanger marks on your forehead from your mom’s little ‘experiment’?

          • Jeff Hinkle

            You da Seinfeld pigman, nigger

          • Jeff Hinkle

            I’ve been banned from many comment sections. That’s something to be proud of. Jew elites, white fag marxists, and lezzie bitches hate me, and if they didn’t, I’d know I was wrong. I oppose their project to settle Europe full of sand monkey Muzzie cunts.

          • timdnml .

            “I’ve been banned from many comment sections” Dafuq!? A sweet little pussycat like you?

          • Jeff Hinkle

            Fuck you, homo nigger

          • timdnml .


          • Jeff Hinkle

            Mohammed sucks boy dick

          • Jeff Hinkle

            Allah likes mop handles in his ass

          • Jeff Hinkle

            Yahweh is a superc*nt

          • Jeff Hinkle

            Yahweh: the original sand n**ger

          • timdnml .

            You’ve got a lot of class. All low.

          • Jeff Hinkle

            Blow your dog

          • Jeff Hinkle

            pig face f*ck

          • Greg Geitner

            you couldnt be more wrong, literally. you got every point back asswards. thank you for the laugh.

          • Jeff Hinkle

            I’m glad to hear you’re not a Christ-blowing Jew-fooled race traitor then. Proud pagan whites can destroy muzzies. Christians bend over for the homoist pope. Viking values call for out-ISIS-ing ISIS.

          • Greg Geitner

            you couldnt be more right. keep your powder dry.

          • Jeff Hinkle

            I don’t wear a 17th-18th century wig

          • Greg Geitner

            but it would look so good on you.BUT it might you look fat!

          • Jeff Hinkle

            Powder joke. Bet you didn’t get it.

          • Greg Geitner

            missed that one.

          • John J Publicus

            That’s not what it means…?

          • Jule Westcott

            You are one ignorant son of a bitch dog.

          • Jeff Hinkle

            Argle bargle

          • Jeff Hinkle

            You tard

          • Sonia Clifton

            It would do the world a great justice if you would just shut up.

          • Jeff Hinkle

            The world can eat me

          • William Keen

            Weak rant from a mindless fool.

          • Jeff Hinkle


        • John J Publicus

          If you ACTUALLY had balls, you would get involved in the ‘system’ and change it from within. Quitting the system is for pussies and slackers….

          • Greg Geitner

            if i felt there was ANY chance that working inside the “system” would effect change, i would do it. you are delusional if you think there is any way you can accomplish your goals your way. if you cannot realize you have been totally emasculated by your system, well, you need to pull your head out of your ass and see things AS THEY ARE.

          • William Keen

            Obviously YOU haven’t done anything from within so YOU are a “pussy and slacker”!

          • John J Publicus

            And you know this, how? Oh, you must be one of those idiot-savant’s, huh? Maybe just an idiot….

        • Acharn0

          Yeah, right, upholding the constitution.

          • Greg Geitner

            what would die for? pussy

        • Jule Westcott

          Like the Militias said they were going to come to Ammons aid, there was 5000 ready to come. 2 showed up and now they are in jail. We must fight back with overwhelming numbers not just 2 and not just talk.

          • Greg Geitner

            keep the faith

      • David Lee

        The anti-establishment movement is too obsessed with peaceful protest. Everyone tells me to calm down and put away the guillotine, but I’ve been keeping this thing oiled and ready since 1995 and I am getting fucking sick and tired of this shit.

        • Jeff Hinkle

          Did you jerk off to the pictures of the blown out Murrah building? Hahaha

        • Greg Geitner

          thank you for some clarity in this sea of denial.

      • patriot156

        peace and safety is what he’s saying. You know very well that all you hear nowadays is to not act this way but to be peaceful and fight it in the courts.

        Or some other lets be calm kind of crap. The anger and violence comes because were all told to just let the cops do as they want and fight it out in court. Or to never fight a cop etc… That’s why the violence comes is because people are pissed Not because their just being violent.

        • Dangus McFinghin

          There is certainly justification at times for defending your rights aggressively. Its a tricky situation though as we see with the current BLM incidents.

          Being calm doesn’t mean being passive, not being angry doesn’t mean accepting injustice. Its just good to approach adversity with a clear mind. There are so many ways to subvert the instruments of injustice without harming anyone. Protests, boycotts, bringing politicians to account through cyber actions like email leaks, filming the police and politicians, and spreading better alternative ideas to people. Real and lasting change is a very grass roots effort, and violent conflict does not create favorable conditions for that sort of organizing. Just rushing the legislature with guns isn’t going to achieve much; and certainly nothing good. See how that worked out for the Black Panther Party, and how it has affected gun rights in the state of California ever since.

      • William Keen

        It WON’T be in the USofA where the government is out to KILL YOU! Watch the cops kill anyone they please.

        Watch the skies as chemicals are sprayed on you and your kids.

    • Sokr8ez

      To use a statement all fascists use and now can be used on Trump supporters. “If you do not like it LEAVE”. Yeah , What are you going to do because
      Clinton will win in November and if you don’t like it , LEAVE!

      • Jamie Hall

        Your treasonous words will be long remembered. This is still America. And it’s unacceptable for America’s government and citizenry to be held hostage by criminals and their entourage. If America’s founding principle are not good enough for you, then it it YOU who needs to leave. Take all the political cronies with you when you go.

        • Jeff Hinkle

          It’s been run by criminals for well over a century. Who cares??

    • Cal

      David, then you are as bad as them. Read my first comment to learn how to stop this, and yes, it WILL take you, courage, education of the US Constitution, your own state’s Constitution; training as the congress requires the military to be trained – and it will be LAWFUL here in the USA.

    • Dagnabbit

      Bundy ranchers, ruby rudge had the right idea if you ask me

      • Benjamín Joel Fleet

        Bundy’s racist, redneck militia was a terrorist organization. His family was knowingly mooching off government land for decades and then threatened to kill any law enforcement who enforced the law.

        • You sir, are a liar.

          • anrkizm95

            You sir are a fool

          • LMAO! Is that the best you can come up with?

          • spike spiegel

            nope he’s right

        • Greg Geitner

          quite drinking the kool aid, OR drink a whole lot more.

        • Bravo VoF
          • Benjamín Joel Fleet

            Oh, the “I have a black friend” approach. Nice.

        • Stephen Voss

          The federal grazing fees were a fraction of what states grazing fees were and only recouped 10% of the costs of maintaining the land. It was also much less than what private land owners charged. The fees had not been raised in 30 years.

          • William Keen

            Get Real! The government destroyed the water holes that they were CONTRACTED to use. The BLM goons killed hundreds of cattle and hid the corpses in bulldozed trenches.

            This was ALL so that hillary could sell access to the land to foreign countries, namely CHINA!

        • William Keen

          You LYING S…Of S…! You are a government stooge!

        • Jule Westcott

          Do You have evidence that Bundy is racist? Do you eat beef? It is not mooching off of govt land asshole. You need to do research of what this was really about. It is about water, land, mineral, and grazing rights being taken away by the feds in all of the west.

        • You’re not only a bold-face liar, you’re an idiot. Nothing could be further from the truth. You’re doing nothing parroting opinions of others that were not there. You have no clue what you are talking about.

    • Tim

      Gonna get real interestin.David no doubt

    • Bill Kelly

      10 likes shows that 10 people didn’t ignore you. It’s coming, keep your powder dry.

    • duckduck go

      If our fore fathers were still alive, every tyrant in office would have already been hung and the constitution would be reinstated. Sadly, the population is a bunch of pussies on ssris and other prescription pills.

      • Jeff Hinkle

        Homos in stockings and gay-ass hats

      • Greg Geitner


    • patriot156

      I agree until you said election day. For all my years I’ve heard the same crap each election. Seems like each convention I’ve seen all the same things have been said time and time again. Voting if it did anything we’d probably have lost that too.

    • timdnml .

      I know violence is not the answer. I got it wrong on purpose.

    • DrJ3ckyll

      What sensible gun laws look like to Dems and the outcome of said laws. And they wonder WHY we have the 2A and why we so strongly protect it.

    • jasontreks

      Brother, speak the truth. We know it is almost to that point, if it isn’t already.

    • Colin Gallagher

      Hi, well,
      I live in California presently, where tyranny has grown to what could be described as epic levels. You don’t see it all the time in the way that the WWII veterans of McMinn County, Tennessee did, but in some ways it is worse, and the laws that have been passed certainly have been, and are, tyrannical in nature (not to mention unconstitutional). And I’m not just talking about gun laws, either. We contend with laws that (in California) have been proposed or enacted that limit our speech, that have limited our ability to broadcast what the Legislature is doing, and even which have proposed to screen the blood of every person in California for “any disease” (both in an effort to collect DNA samples on every person in the state as well as an effort to remove “undesireables” from the gene pool). As an individual with a disability, I am deeply and profoundly wounded by what California is doing in its rush to circle the toilet bowl hole. Is this State in a condition which we could call not only problematic, but “tyrannical?” Yes, absolutely, it is. What are some ways we can reasonably move forward in light of this?

      In CA / CALifornia, I suggest what I call the C.A.L. method. As follows this is an explainer for how this applies to gun laws, but in principle the C.A.L. method can be applied to any law(s) where the PTB (powers that be) become tyrannical in their enactment of laws, particularly unconstitutional ones.

      C. – Circumvent – This means circumventing laws (basically, by using innovative and technological methods). Used to be you could do
      it by using bullet button. Now examples of what people are using instead are the Franklin Armory DFM 10-round mag, the Monsterman grip, the Armaglock, or the Bullet Button Reloaded, all of which have different Circumvention purposes and techniques.

      A. – Avoid – Different than circumventing laws, avoid the law entirely,
      by making something in your own home (a receiver, say, from an eighty-percenter) and just don’t ever serialize or
      register. (This is basically noncompliance, but it’s actually legal still in California.)

      L. – Leave – Leave the State. Go to Nevada, Idaho, Montana – basically, free holdouts. (Eventually, I’ll be in Idaho, but for now, I’m here.)

      Be prepared, always, to resist. Don’t be afraid of that possibility.

    • Syre Lancaster

      Even the threat of violence may be enough. People need to understand you mean business and are willing to pull the trigger if they don’t shape up.

  • skribe

    somehow the media has brainwashed ppl into believing the police are infallible deities of justice who can not be questioned

    • Rod

      The media is owned by the military establishment and banksters.

    • Jamie Hall

      Not everybody has been hoodwinked.

    • David Hall


    • Jeff Hinkle

      Never bothered me. Behave, you tards.

  • Texxtyn

    Here is the most interesting part played out in a movie
    The Battle of Athens: Restoring the Rule of Law

    The full movie is also available
    American Story – The Battle of Athens – 1946 Athens, Tennessee – Full Movie

    • Dangus McFinghin

      Nice how the only black man involved in a major way was edited out and a white guy was shot in the back instead.

      • Gary Scheuer

        Does that surprise you? That right-wing loonies would edit out the non-whites?

      • Texxtyn

        It’s an old movie.

  • John Patrick Cooney

    This nation was formed by violence.

  • Rod

    Here in washington, in the 1980s, soldiers from fort lewis went out armed in the streets against gang bangers.

  • FeshonALfliP

    Hell yeah.

  • mommadillo

    Yeah – go ahead. Take up arms against the government. Ask the Bundys how that worked out for them. But by all means, go for it. Can you hold off on shooting anybody – or getting shot yourselves – until I’m done making popcorn?

    • Cal

      You have it incorrect.

      The Bundy’s did NOT take up arms against the “government”. They defended themselves FROM the unlawful actions of those domestic enemies, if not traitors, serving within our governments and from some HIRED mercenaries brought in to the USA to assist them in destroying our nation and stealing land that does NOT lawfully belong to them. Others were informed and they came and peacefully assisted, even though there were snipers there aiming at the Bundy’s and group. But because the defenders were equally armed and trained nothing happened as those who were there to destroy our nation were just as in danger as those they sought to injure.

    • Dagnabbit

      Bundys arent down and out yet, and we are just getting warmed up.

      • mommadillo

        Talk is cheap.

    • Greg Geitner

      what would YOU die for. as you are being shackled to your family members, look them in the eye, knowing you COULD have done something to prevent their enslavement. copsucker- a spineless animal who believes law enforcement should always be obeyed. you qualify.

      • mommadillo

        Oh, dude – if you only knew.

        • Greg Geitner

          you make your popcorn. the couch is the place for you.

          • mommadillo

            Exactly. And they say you wingnuts are dense and don’t get it.

      • Jeff Hinkle

        I wouldn’t die for ANYTHING. I’m like Trump that way, but I would never run for office either.

        • Greg Geitner

          youre just plain STUPID. now we know why abortions are needed.

          • Jeff Hinkle

            Too late. You can die for me.

          • Greg Geitner

            hope that isnt your best reply.

          • Jeff Hinkle

            It is the best conceivable

      • Jeff Hinkle

        You must be black, hating on law enforcement haha

      • theonlysaneone

        I certainly wouldn’t die for a bird sanctuary.

  • FeministSafeZone.blogspot.com

    Crazy white people. Sure is great to know that these people are all going to go extinct soon.

    • Cal

      What makes you think that it is only white people that stand for our nation? Because someone told you that – probably over and over again. Hope you studied real history, but doubt it form your comment. If you want to ever own anything ever again, phones, clothes, homes, cars, watches, etc you better start teaching yourself about these things. If they win, destroy the USA, and they are pretty open about it, you will never own anything again. You will eat what they give you to eat, work at what they want you to work at, get together with another only if they give you permission to do so. etc.

      Yeah, really. Do you even listen to what they are telling you? The government will own and control EVERYTHING. Literally. Not the American government because it will be destroyed, and they will have to murder hundreds of thousands of people while they do it. You see, it is people like me that are putting our lives on the line so that “dumbed” down will not be made slaves that are worse then slaves in the past history of the world.

      Yeah, slavery was a (known) world-wide thing. Blacks were not the only slaves here in America. The Irish, American Indians, Scotts, Asians, etc were also slaves. But to divide the USA they had to change history so that there would be division among the American people. But when the US Constitution was written they were already changing slavery here. That was not happening in most of the known world.

      NVM, bet you will rather have someone tell you what to think and you can assist yourself and those you care about into a really nasty world that will replace the USA and most of the world as WE know it today. There is a reason for actually studying and LEARNING from history – it is so that it cannot be repeated to YOU, to yours, to anyone.

      • Gary Scheuer

        Jesus Christ. You need to read a history book not written by a right-wing loony. There were no, I REPEAT NO IRISH OR WHITE SLAVES. They were indentured servants. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. Indentured servants had a choice. They could theoretically earn their way free. And most importantly, their children were free. They could not be bought or sold. And the Constitution was written specifically by and for rich, white slave owners. Your narrative overlooks that fact. George Washington. John Adams. Benjamin Franklin. Thomas Jefferson. Alexander Hamilton. James Madison. John Jay. Patrick Henry were all slave owners. Then there is the fact of that pesky 3/5fths of a person clause. The fact is, the only Liberty the Founding fathers were truly concerned with was theirs. Originally, only rich, white, male, landowners were supposed to be allowed to vote.
        I’d be interested to see your sources for this amazing imaginary history of yours. I can supply them for mine.

        • Jeff Hinkle

          No difference, queer

          • Gary Scheuer

            It’s the 21st century. None of us will judge you if you come out of the closet.
            Just think. No more hiring male “models” under an assumed name.

          • Jeff Hinkle

            No, I’m not a religious minister, so, not gay

          • Gary Scheuer

            You SAY you’re not gay, but your relentless assault of this post with homoerotic imagery says otherwise.
            I would say it’s a classic case of repressing homosexual urges with violent homophobic threats.
            Or maybe you just like it rough.

          • Jeff Hinkle


          • Jeff Hinkle

            I’m like Hoffman in Happiness

        • Ken Warren

          FWIW, the 3/5ths thing was specifically to block the Southern states from using their slave population as a basis for obtaining more House of Representatives seats. It was the slave-owning states who actually wanted African slaves to be counted as a full person for the sake of House representation, because that would effectively guarantee the lasting institution of slavery on a federal level.

          • Gary Scheuer

            True. But it’s still a testament to the fact that the founder’s version of “equality” was fairly limited in scope.

  • David Lee

    and this is clear proof why the 2nd amendment is important.

    • Jeff Hinkle

      Go shootin. I’ll be at home. Gonna come kill me??

  • Wildtim

    Get a Fracking Grip.

  • Cal

    “If working within the system to change it from the inside isn’t fruitful — think Bernie Sanders — perhaps it’s time to work outside it.”

    We are not working within “the system”. The lawful “system” here in the USA is the US Constitution and it does have remedies for exactly what we are facing. Huh?

    Do you know what the US Constitution is and what it does? It defines our government, it assigns the DELEGATED authority to the (here are the important words to note) different branches and to specific named-in-writing offices within the branches. When you start to understand that those that SERVE WITHIN our governments – state and federal – do not have any authority on their own, but are ALLOWED to use the authority of the branch or office they are occupying – elected, hired, contracted, etc.

    It is the contract that they ALL agree to abide by and take a lawfully binding Oath that they would never go outside that contract. Not taking or breaking the constitutionally REQUIRED Oath is a felony and the crime of Perjury. This is backed up by statutes.

    The requirement for all Federal and State officers to give their solemn and binding Oath is established in Article VI, Section 1, Clause 4.

    Contract is an agreement between two or more parties creating obligations that are enforceable or otherwise recognizable at law. Contracts have a very long history even before the USA was created.

    Federal law regulating oath of office by government officials – state and federal – is divided into four parts along with an executive order that further defines the law for purposes of enforcement.

    5 U.S.C. 3331, provides the text of the actual oath of office the three branches of our government, the military, all law enforcement, the heads of the States, all federal employees are required to take before assuming office.

    5 U.S.C. 3333 requires the three branches of our government, the military, all law
    enforcement, the heads of the States, all federal employees sign an affidavit that they have taken the oath of office required by 5 U.S.C. 3331 and have not or will not violate that oath of office during their tenure of office.

    18 U.S.C. 1918 provides penalties for violation of oath of office described in 5 U.S.C. 7311 which include: (1) removal from office AND; (2) confinement or a fine.

    5 U.S.C. 7311 explicitly makes it a federal criminal offense for anyone employed in the United States Government to “advocate the overthrow of our constitutional form of government”.

    The definition of “advocate” is further specified in Executive Order 10450 for the purposes of enforcement supplements 5 U.S.C. 7311. Executive Order 10450 provision
    specifies it is a violation of 5 U.S.C. 7311 for any person taking the oath of office to advocate “the alteration … of the form of the government of the United States by unconstitutional means.”

    It is important to realize that our form of government is defined by the Constitution of the United States. That according to Executive Order 10450 and 5 U.S. 7311 any act taken by government officials who have taken the oath of office prescribed by 5 U.S.C. 3331 which alters the form of government other then by amendment, is a criminal violation of the 5 U.S.C. 7311.

    Brookfield Construction Company V. Stewart 284 F Sup. 94: “An officer who acts in violation of the constitution ceases to represent the government.”

    The US Constitution and all that is in Pursuance thereof it is the supreme LAW of this nation. It requires that ALL laws/regulations/codes/treaties/etc follow it in order to be lawfully binding upon the American people.

    US Constitution, Article VI, Clause 2: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

    So we have the laws and they are all in writing so it cannot be the problem. I believe the problem is enforcement. So WHO is constitutionally supposed to enforce the laws of our land? For the answer to that we go to the US Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15.

    Clause 15: “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel invasions.“

    Also the duties that those that serve within the state and federal governments have TO THE MILITIAS is found in Clause 16. The Militia has as its constitutionally assigned duties to:
    — Enforce the US Constitution (Supreme LAW of this nation) and each state’s Constitution (highest LAW of the state),
    — Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
    — Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
    — “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.

    Clause 16: “To provide for organizing, arming and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress”.

    It is also important to understand that US Presidents are only the Commander in Chief when the Militia and/or the military is called into service. The military is called into service when the Congress declares war. Because that autority is delegated to those that serve within the Congress, it is forbidden to any other within the branch, forbidden to other branches/offices.

    US Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 11: “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water”.

    George Washington, ex General and ex US President: “It may be laid down, as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every citizen who enjoys the protection of a free government…, but even of his personal services to the defence of it, and consequently that the Citizens of America (with a few legal and official exceptions) from 18 to 50 Years of Age should be borne on the Militia Rolls, provided with uniform Arms, and so far accustomed to the use of them, that the Total strength of the Country might be called forth at Short Notice on any very interesting Emergency.” (“Sentiments on a Peace Establishment”, letter to Alexander Hamilton; “The Writings of George Washington”)

    Thomas Jefferson: “For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security.”

    Samuel Adams: “It is always dangerous to the liberties of the people to have an army
    stationed among them, over which they have no control … The Militia is composed of free Citizens. There is therefore no danger of their making use of their Power to the destruction of their own Rights, or suffering others to invade them..”

    Patrick Henry: “If you have given up your militia, and Congress shall refuse to arm them, you have lost every thing. Your existence will be precarious, because you depend on others, whose interests are not affected by your infelicity.”

    So when those that serve within our governments use any except the Militia for those items listed above it then their actions then becomes *Terrorism against the American people.

    *28 C.F.R. Section 0.85 Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”.

    So now you know that ONLY the people as the Militia is to be used to enforce the laws of our nation. What excuse do those who serve within our governments have for creating those armed agencies instead of using the Militia as required?

    Well, the only Militia that can be used for those purposes must be trained as the congress requires the military to be trained, and be educated in both the US Constitution and their own state’s Constitution as it is to those documents they are sworn, and most importantly, they cannot already be serving within our governments. Veterans and some law enforcement have the military training, but they need to be educated in the US Constitution and in their state’s Constitution to meet the requirements and be available if needed by our governments.

    Thomas Jefferson, 1st inaugural, explained that: “a well-disciplined militia” is “our best reliance in peace and for the first moments of war, till regulars may relieve them” and also a guarantee of “the supremacy of the civil over the military authority; [and] economy in the public expense.”

    The Militia is not bound to either the federal or state governments, but are bound to the US Constitution and their own state’s Constitution. That is why they can enforce the laws – they know the supreme law of the nation, and the highest law of their own state. that is also why they are REQUIRED to be used by those that serve within our governments for those purposes listed above. That way they could NOT be ordered to commit a non constitutional act against the American people.

    Understand that we also have the Grand Jury Investigations, Grand Jury, and juries; plus we have elections that are REQUIRED to be honest and free. We are also NOT supposed to allow factions (parties) as they corrupt the system and pit the people against each other. I would lsit all that information but this is long enough as it is.

    • Sokr8ez

      All military mercenaries of the USA who took part in Vietnam and ira violated their oaths by participating in an UNDECLARED UNCONSTitUTIONAL “war” Arrest them for treason!

      • Guy

        What ever hole you crawled out of with your putrid stink on. Do the human race and craw back in.
        Signed A Vietnam War Vet !

        • Jeff Hinkle

          You were a pawn, stupid ass

      • Cal

        Actually the war was unlawful, true.

        But we the people were ignorant and naive. Most still do not understand the Oath is to the US Constitution, not to the person/people serving as a president, or within the legislature, or judicial branches.

        All of our wars since WW1 have really been unlawful ones, probably even WW1.

        If those who wish to keep our nation free would do three things, it would make a huge difference in what is going on.

        Read the US Constitution – understanding that if reading the online one may have been modified unlawfully. This is the contract that ALL – state and general (federal) – are bound to first in importance.

        Read their state Constitution. Those two things are the contracts that all who serve within the state are bound to.

        Start training as the Congress requires the military to be trained if not already – find a veteran; educate yourself better about the US Constitution your state Constitution as the ONLY laws you are then bound to, and must support, enforce, and defend.

        Then, and only then, can you, and others trained like you in the above list can you arrest, charge, etc with the full weight of our legitimate government behind you. It takes a bit more, but that is all the training you will need to be the required Constitutional Militia.

        You, along with other Militia must then make both your state government and the federal government know that you are available to be used for the duties they are constitutionally required to use a constitutionally required real Militia for instead of the agencies that they are at this time using. The Militia is constitutionally REQUIRED to never go against the US Constitution and state Constitutions, and to hold accountable in a lawful manner those who are not doing their duty as required.

        This is taking great preparation on the part of all able-bodied Americans. Hopefully a constitutionally educated military will do their LAWFULLY and constitutionally required duty and join the Militia after leaving the military. The USA, Americans need them to do their lawful duty and keep the REQUIRED Oath to the US Constitution.

  • Jay Phillips

    Unfortunately you can’t starve this beast. The Clintons and all the other shady politicians get lots of their money from foreign governments, wall street special interests, big banks, and places you would never think to boycott. The government creates trillions of dollars out of ones and zeros and transfers it directly into the pockets of banksters and hedge fund managers who send it right back to the politicians through lucrative speaking fees and campaign donations. As individuals you can’t do anything to stop it. If Hillary gets back in the white house its over.

  • novictim

    How about casting a vote in this next election for TRUMP instead? Much more effective.

  • Michael Weis

    Now that’s very interesting! Extremely well written story, thank you very much!

  • Mike Rodgers

    A very similar thing happened here in Hot Springs Arkansas where it was known as the “G.I. Revolt”.

  • SailorInSD

    GOP fought to prevent Trumps victory, but this author only thinks it’s a problem because the DNC favored Hilary. Funny stuff. Also, the soldiers were not away fighting in 1936. History fail.

  • “If working within the system to change it from the inside isn’t fruitful — think Bernie Sanders — perhaps it’s time to work outside it.”

    Very interesting that so many people believe that just because Sanders didn’t win the party nomination doesn’t mean his work hasn’t been fruitful. It is because of Sanders that there has been a surge of young voters coming into the Democratic Party. It is because of Sanders that Clinton and the DNC adopted one of the most progressive party platforms in American political history – a move that only came a few weeks before the convention. It is because of Sanders that Debbie Wasserman Schultz is no longer party chairman. It is because of Sanders that 15 progressive Democrats are now receiving more attention and funding for their down-ticket campaigns, and are poised to win office.

    Yes, he got screwed out of the nomination. He knew he was getting screwed out of the nomination from it’s earliest of days. he also knew who was going to screw him, and had a plan for something much bigger than one Presidential race.

    In 2020 you are going to see a vastly different Democratic Party. One that is, dare I say, more democratic, and open, and fair than it’s been in a very long time.

    Of course, that doesn’t mean you continue to support our existing two-party system. It’s crap. Sanders knows its crap. Sanders is taking advantage of a huge weakness in the Democratic Party to push what is, essentially, a third party socialist platform. We still need stronger third and fourth parties. Vote Green. Vote Libertarian. Vote Freedom Party. Vote Constitutional Party. But you have to remember to do more than just say you support a third party. You have to become a part of it. You have to go to meetings. You have to push agendas. You have to get out into your neighborhoods and cities and meet others. You can’t make change sitting at home, you can’t even make significant change clacking away on a keyboard.

    Vote. Fight. Win.

  • patriot156

    yeah you all called them y`all-quida not long ago. I disagree with the narrative of this kind of armed resistance isn’t justified BS that’s why we have a second amendment for.
    Now days it comply and don’t get shot, but the same crap is happening but all over and not just some sleep little town. WW2 was the last great generation. NO where since have GI’s fought to protect our liberties. Not Korea, Vietnam, or all this Middle east crap.
    Now they all are being used as puppets. Sorry to the servicemen who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan but it’s true.
    We’ve since this time have lost tons of liberties. Most those of born after this have ever had. Not since the 1968 gun control law that is. I remember only having to fill out a form 4473 but not it’s full of crap now. Felons, and a whole new generation of exempts have been put into place.
    Bundy tried this just recently but even more peaceful than this, and look you all call/ed him a terrorist. If This happened now that’s what you’d all call them too just a bunch of malcontents looking for trouble.
    Shame on us!

  • John J Publicus

    Claire Burnish, you’re a moron. Removing yourself from the system doesn’t do anything but help those who have control of it. Stop being so childish, fool.

  • Michael Buchele

    Patiently waiting….and watching.

  • Troof Detector

    Enough of calling it democratic party. Its “democrat” party!

  • Livin_Large

    Bernie Sanders accomplished exactly what was needed and exactly what he set out to do. His campaign was not about him becoming President — it was about raising awareness of the profound problems in this country because of the purchasing of our legislators through legal bribery, and the profound problems we face because we live at the pleasure of the 0.1% who pay the billionaire piper. Bernie’s shown us we can move the needle, and his ideas are an important part of the Democratic Party platform. These include modernizing the infrastructure of our country, making training and education affordable, making medical care accessible to everyone, and keeping our planet livable. Why anyone would identify with a self-proclaimed billionaire who won’t release his tax returns and who chums around with the Russian mob and the KKK is beyond my comprehension.

    • Ken Warren

      Then Bernie went ahead and endorsed Goldman-Sachs’ handpicked candidate.

      • Livin_Large

        I don’t agree that Golden Slacks picked Hillary Clinton. Time will tell, whether under her Administration the needle begins to move toward less concentration of wealth and more toward the middle class, but she has been behind great efforts (such as CHIP) which PO the ultra-wealthy. But when the choice is between her experience and Trump’s magic beans, what Bernie did is the right thing.

  • david18500

    Holy shit, good story! What they did should be constitutionally correct! I like how they didn’t kill anybody. The guns and show of force to me is a symbol of demanding, not asking, for a constitutionally correct system and will defend ourselves if they fire and attempt to forcefully shut down freedom movements based on the original laws this country was founded on!
    Regardless of what people think of Bundy, this country was founded on the presumption of God give n rights to property where no one can usurp it from you. Now they made a bunch of bs tax laws where they can take it from you. Fines sure but taking your land (or even your right to drive) cuz you broke a rule is crazy! I believe in defending your property and if none were armed at the Bundy ranch they may very well have followed through with their threat and opened fire.
    That in my opinion is the single best thing about this country, its constitution. Giving its citizens the legal right, (even if our current or any other including nazi regime, if here, take action against such) the legality to not be trampled on and defend ourselves and rights.

  • Abe Lillard

    Interesting story since I grew up near Athens, but your simile with Hillary Clinton is pure bullshit.

  • IronMaidenaregods

    Bernie Sanders would approve of the totalitarianism in Athens.

  • Kim Serrahn

    Ya know as a Democrat myself I see where the people back then were coming from and it is not only the Democrats but Republicans also that maybe need a history lesson from time to time.

    • theonlysaneone


  • NosefaceKillah

    Amen, although I find the call to a leader (Bernie) who advocates for far more government, the entity that inevitably allows this type of corruption, highly ironic. The Paul Cantrell’s of the world will always exist. Don’t set up the system to let them exploit it.

  • kathiy

    by the way; these “democrats” are the Dixie Democrats who are actually going to turn into Republicans in 1964 around the time of the Civil Rights Movement; in case anyone cares about truthful history.

    • theonlysaneone

      They don’t care about facts.

  • Nick Angel

    I remember an article a few years past that five (5) generals can arrest Obama…..

  • encore1259

    “…all enemies, foreign or domestic…”

  • Acharn0

    I probably shouldn’t point this out, but there weren’t any American GI’s overseas fighting the forces of Evil in 1936.

  • Stephen Brackens-Brinkley

    On that last sentence….”perhaps it’s time to work outside it.” It IS time to work outside it. America, Lose the Two….the two party system….vile, corrupt and broken. Go green! A new beginning. Dr. Jill Stein for President 2016! Green Party USA ! https://www.facebook.com/americalosethetwo/

  • Frank N. Blunt

    The War of Terror waged by domestic ScAmerikan kleptocracies … eliminate DoD 1033 fraud, waste, & abuse pipeline that endangers & harms citizens while promoting occupation of communities. San Diego, CA corrupt, evil, terrorist-ridden kleptocracy worse than Al Queda, Taliban, ISIS, ISIL, or any other supposed external threat. Injuries, injustice, disparity, fraud, negligence, exploitation, persecution, theft, torture, terrorism, corruption, evil, … ScAmerika has betrayed this honorable US Navy retiree. https://www.facebook.com/groups/996044080457069/?ref=bookmarks