Thank you for your comment, Mr. Hines; I found out more about what motivates the Oath Keepers from you, than I did from the actual article. Bridging the divide, indeed.
It would be interesting to see some investigative reporting on all the people who voted for Trump, that had previously voted for Obama. They'd be harder to track down as they're not "fringe" and don't hold meetings...I suggest starting with the most enthusiastic Bernie supporters. That's where Mr. Gogola might find his ideological vertex.
It's regrettable your experience was negative. If it's like mine have been, I suspect the source of difficulty had more to do with the participant's concerns over having their comments used to vilify the group as part of some propaganda campaign. They tend to be naive on how to effectively communicate their concerns. The Oath Keepers have been regularly attacked by the MSM since their beginning and it's made a lot of them jumpy.
An over simplification, these folks are used to working with their hands more than their minds. What they lack in sophistication, they make up for with intentions and idealistic interpretation of the Constitution. Far from fascists, they want folks to hold themselves to a personal standard, rather than have the government tell them what they can and cannot do. Folks telling them they have to do something or can't do something is about as welcome as a kick to the teeth. They would rather come to these conclusions themselves, as they typically do, on a daily basis in their work. If you think about it, what they don't appreciate, it isn't much different than them coming up and asking you to stop doing your job.
That's what makes their situation so difficult. They've been attacked in the press to the point they have grown defensive and this has them going against what they stand for. That said, when things get difficult (Ferguson), they drop the defensiveness and go to work, risking their lives to stand between the "bad guys" and the innocent. These are simple folks with an internal moral compass, whether it's "Faith in God" and/or the Constitution, who take offense at people who don't know them, who don't care to know them, telling them how they have to live and attacking them every time they don't use the acceptable Politically Correct methods of expressing themselves.
Thank you for trying to reach out and understand the Oath Keepers. Please know they are not racists, sexist or authoritarian, but rather concerned, frustrated and a bit fed-up with being held to a standard that elected members of the Federal government seems to have a difficult time meeting.
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