Gun Commune Forming in Idaho: “No Liberals Are Allowed”
A new TEA Party commune will soon be launched in Idaho. A visit to the compound’s website shows what life will be like in “The III Citadel,” a new, heavily armed commune for like minded TEA Party patriots:
The Citadel is a developing community of Patriots in the mountains of Idaho who believe in Jefferson’s Rightful Liberty and have chosen to live amongst one another, and have sworn our lives, our fortunes and our Sacred Honor to defend one another and Liberty.
The Citadel is planned for northern Benewah County, about an hour south of Coure d’Alene. It will feature gun/archery ranges, a stockade/jail, a media center and a retirement facility.
But while the website touts freedom from homeowners associations “recycling police” and “local ordinance enforcers from City Hall,” the commune’s charter does include some rather unique requirements. Occupants are required to have a years supply of food on hand at all times. (So if you like fresh fruit and veg, this might not be for you.)
While liberals are explicitly banned from the compound, guns are a strict requirement. All acolytes must maintain a stockpile of guns and ammo. Also, residents “shall agree to remain armed with a loaded sidearm whenever visiting the Citadel Town Center. Firearm shall be on-the-person and under the control of the Resident, not merely stored in a vehicle.”
Each family member must demonstrate shooting proficiency at age 13. But it doesn’t stop there. Each family must donate a member over the age of 13 to serve in the local militia.
The Citadel isn’t just about guns. It’s also about jobs. The commune is focused on “eliminating unemployment and reducing the existing double-digit poverty level to zero.” How, you ask? Compound residents will be put to work in a combination gun factory/tourist attraction. This is expected to become:
a premiere tourist destination for Americans from sea-to-sea and border-to-border. Not only will tourists travel to see the only real fortified castle & town in America, we intend to offer numerous attractions including a firearms museum where enthusiasts actually get to fire their favorite arms from history!
The Citadel’s organizers would probably tell you that this is definitely not communism, it’s patriotism. Even though the website explains that:
the revenue generated by selling our First-Class Fighting Arms does not line the pockets of corporate fat cats. III Arms was created by Patriots to help finance our own community in the beautiful mountains of Idaho, where we can build firearms and live with neighbors who think as do we.
Whether this thing will actually be built is yet to be seen. Other such “patriot communities” have been planned in Idaho but have failed to get off the ground. Recently, a white supremacist compound planned for Bonner County Idaho hit financial troubles after the group’s leader lost his job when his views became public. KTVB Idaho reports that the group insists it isn’t going to let the foreclosure of their compound stop them.