"Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress shall have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American ... The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the People."
— Tench Coxe, 1788.
This page will explain the plain truths about Militias and The American Patriot Movement.
I will be the first to admit that there are some radical extremists out there, that make claims to
being either a Militia Group or part of the movement itself. While these individuals or groups are indeed
part of the movement, in their own mind, they do NOT encompass the TRUE Militia organization
and the ideology and principles of the movement as a whole.
Their actions do not always represent the desires and goals of the United States Constitutional Militia.
ABOUT MILITIAS & THE AMERICAN PATRIOT MOVEMENT
When it comes to the topic of militias, a great deal of controversy is often raised. This controversy derives from a somewhat radical opposition to organized militia groups because of the many misconceptions about who these groups are and what they stand for. Additionally, some of the activities they participate in for the support of their beliefs also raises a lot of criticism. They are typically found participating in field exercises, dressed in camouflage and carrying equipment and weapons such as semi-automatic rifles. The plain truth of this is, this scares many people who do not understand what the Militia Prinicples and Ideology reflect.
Although the modern day militia in itself is controversial, what is more profound, is the biggest misconception of all, which is, that the mainstream militia movement is involved in racism, hate mongering, terrorist activities, and that they are Anti-Government. There are numerous hate groups, racially motivated groups and terror activists that in many cases refer to themselves as militia groups. It must be clearly understood that the TRUE patriotic militia group movement is entirely separate from associations of these types of groups and the activities they are involved with.
The actions of these so called radical groups involved in racial hatred and terrorist activities, as well as the actions of a few lone individuals, have often tainted and branded the image of today's modern militia movement as something it is definitely not. The fact is, the True Militia movement has extremely clear opposition and policy against such activity as you will find it stated in many of their doctrines and manifestos.
The term militia is commonly used today to refer to a military force composed of ordinary citizens to provide defense, emergency law enforcement, or paramilitary service, in times of emergency without being paid a regular salary or committed to a fixed term of service. In order to fully understand many of the beliefs and political positions of the Militia, we have to examine the history and origins of the militia in our country's past.
:: WHAT IS THE MILITIA? ::
Trust Not Your Government,
But Trust in the Hearts of All True Patriots Who
Understand the Plight of Tyranny and Who Stand to
Defend the Rights, Liberties and Freedom of the People.
I could go on in so many words, but others in the past have made explanations of what the modern militia is and what they are about, far better that I can do here. I encourage you to watch the video below for a very well prepared and detailed explanation of what the Militia is and why you are a part of it whether you realize it or not, and why it is important to all of us.
The history of militia in the United States dates from the colonial era, such as in the American Revolutionary War. Based on the British system, colonial militias were drawn from the body of adult male citizens of a community, town, or local region. Because there were usually few British regulars garrisoned in North America, colonial militia served a vital role in local conflicts, particularly in the French and Indian Wars. Before shooting began in the American War of Independence, American revolutionaries took control of the militia system, reinvigorating training and excluding men with Loyalist inclinations. Regulation of the militia was codified by the Second Continental Congress with the Articles of Confederation. The revolutionaries also created a full-time regular army—the Continental Army—but because of manpower shortages the militia provided short-term support to the regulars in the field throughout the war.
Lexington Minuteman statue representing militia minuteman
The meaning of "militia"
The word "militia" is a Latin abstract noun, meaning "military service", not an "armed group" (with the connotation of plurality), and that is the way the Latin-literate Founders used it. The collective term, meaning "army" or "soldiery" was "volgus militum". Since for the Romans "military service" included law enforcement and disaster response, it might be more meaningfully translated today as "defense service", associated with a "defense duty", which attaches to individuals as much as to groups of them, organized or otherwise.
When we are alone, we are all militia units of one. When together with others in a situation requiring a defensive response, we have the duty to act together in concert to meet the challenge. Those two component duties, of individuals to defend the community, and to act together in concert with others present, when combined with a third component duty to prepare to do one's duty and not just wait until the danger is clear and present, comprises the militia duty.
:: HISTORY OF THE MILITIA ::
:: MILITIA EXPLANATION VIDEO ::
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