Another group of Montana right-wingers is turning to propaganda filmmaking to get its message out and recruit new members for the Oath Keepers and militia movement.
The new film is entitled Molon Labe and may soon be available in theaters near you. The title comes from the phrase which inspired these excellent TEA Party tattoos: it basically means “if you want my guns come and try to take them from me.”
The Oath Keepers-the military arm of the TEA party–is producing the film in hopes that it will serve as a recruitment tool for the Oath Keepers–and some hope for the militia movement.
“Here is another opportunity to join this movement to reinstate the Constitutional Militia of the several States. Support money continues to come in, but the sooner it’s in, the more quickly James [Jaeger, the filmmaker] can finish this film and make it available. So you are invited to take action by spreading around the film’s website and trailer, and/or by sending in a donation to help cover the costs. Your help is appreciated by James Jaeger and by Oath Keepers.”
The Oath Keepers you may recall is a group composed of active and retired military and law enforcement personnel who swear an oath disobey laws and orders that conflict with their world view–which is packed with conspiracy theories involving domestic prison camps and “the New World Order.” Former Montana lawmaker Joel Boniek is “a card-carrying member.”
So this will be world-class cinema no doubt, especially if the trailer for the movie (now on Youtube) is any indication. The trailer, from start to finish, is mostly a string of interviews featuring your standard TEA Party pablum intermingled with mindmeltingly slow narration. There’s also a seemingly random sprinkling of old footage of people being shot and still shots of 1940’s war machinery.
The film is based on a two-thousand-plus page tome called “The Sword And Sovereignty.” And in spite of what I’m sure is overwhelming interest, the book not “yet” in publication and is available “as a CD-Rom only.”
As the movie critic at Ammoland.com tells us, Molon Labe will feature Chuck Baldwin, “Oath Keepers’ national chaplain,”–as well as known racists Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul. Oath Keepers founder Stuart Rhodes, who lives in Montana, also appears in the film–and the segments featuring Rhodes and Baldwin were both shot in Montana. Baldwin ran for Lt. Gov. on the GOP ticket in Montana in the 2012 primary. Each will tell a piece of the story of
“how the Second Amendment is the answer to today’s tyrannical General government in Washington D.C….We are the Militia, all of us, and as we’ll see in the movie, the Constitution mandates it.”
Just last year, a right-wing Republican who was once a movie producer in Hollywood and now lives in Kalispell also made a propaganda film.
That movie was called “Obama 2016” and was also based on a book, this one entitled “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.” The message of producer Gerald Molen’s film was, apparently, that America’s great wealth is on the verge of falling to the masses of people of color and that Obama’s rage could be to blame.