The Oathkeepers this week published a defense of former Republican state legislator Joel Boniek on their website, saying the “state-worshipping collectivists and socialists of the press” have gotten Boniek’s story all wrong.
Boniek is a “card-carrying charter member” of the Oathkeepers. The group is composed of active and retired military and law enforcement personnel who swear an oath disobey orders that conflict with their world view–which is packed with conspiracy theories involving domestic prison camps and whatnot.
You will recall that a few months back, Boniek was detained by a cop at a traffic stop, appeared to then fondle a pistol in his clothing to try to scare the officer, and then ran the roadblock and got arrested. Boniek is a former legislator and ran for Lt. Governor this year.
As any good Tea Partier knows, when you have a date before a judge, the best way to win your case is to bring an angry mob with you to court, to heckle the judge and prosecutor. This is what Boniek did.
As the collectivist statists at the Livingston Enterprise reported, Boniek showed up and refused to recognize the authority of the prosecutor or judge–the crowd of foaming crackpots hooting and hollering encouragement. When the mob of hecklers took over, the judge and prosector got up and left the courtroom. At that point, Boniek stood up and declared that he was “now in charge of the court.”
“The judge abandoned the courtroom and I announced the case dismissed as the last man standing,” Boniek later explained. A bailiff who remained in the courtroom saw a lump under Boniek’s clothing and asked him whether it was a firearm, and Boniek refused to answer.
But there is a “truer side to the story” which the press has omitted. The Oath Keepers want you to see the former legislator in the same light as Thoreau and the apostles of Jesus.
Sure, Boniek spent the night in jail, but so did “Henry David Thoreau, Saints Paul and Peter, and many other men who did what is right regardless of the official prohibitions.”
Boniek said he did not lead the fracas. Rather, it was God overruling the court as “a part of the Divine plan.”
I was to be treated just like all the other petty alleged offenders who do not know the law, but get a public defender Judas to run them through the corrupt injustice system, and deprive them of their money and liberty. NOT FOR ME! MY GOD TELLS ME TO STAND UP FOR JUSTICE, AND WHEN I STAND FOR MINE, I STAND FOR EVERYONE’S! They wanted to run me through their injustice mill, but I do not intend to be a soft nut to grind.
Montana, explains Boniek, has got problems. For example:
it should be noted that collectivist statists have been moving into Montana like a red tide for more than a decade, swelling University towns such as Missoula, Bozeman, Helena, etc. Like detached flotsam bringing with them all the backwash and infusoria which caused them to move from their original communities in less-free States, ( such as California and east coast urban centers), the migration of neo- and quasi-socialists has finally become visible to Montana’s native population.
Perhaps this problem will be addressed in the upcoming legislature. You can read the rest of Boniek’s defense, including the Oathkeepers’ blow-by-blow account of things the mob yelled, on the Oathkeeper’s blog. Be warned, it’s out there.
The Oath Keepers has been called the military wing of the TEA Party. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the president of a local Oath Keepers chapter in Ohio was jailed after a live napalm bomb was allegedly found at his home. In Tennessee, an armed man driving a pickup painted with the Oath Keepers logo was arrested in a bizarre scheme to “arrest” two dozen town officials. And in Oklahoma, another self-described Oath Keeper was arrested for the alleged rape and forcible sodomy of a 7-year-old. The same guy was also charged with possessing a grenade launcher stolen from a California military base.