Oath Keepers Plan to “Protect” Kim Davis from Arrest by US Marshals

Former Ron Paul staffer and Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes announced yesterday, reports Right Wing Watch, “that he had reached out to Davis’ lawyers at Liberty Counsel to offer the protection of his group” to Rowan County clerk Kim Davis.

This is the full text of the statement released by the Oath Keepers on September 9:


We believe Federal District Court Judge David Bunning grossly overstepped his bounds and violated Mrs Davis’ due process rights, and in particular her right to a jury trial. This judge has assumed unto himself not just the powers of all three branches of government, but has also taken on the powers of judge, jury, and “executioner.” What matters to us is not whether you agree with her position on gay marriage or her decision to not issue marriage licenses. What matters is that the judge is violating the Constitution in his anger and desire to punish her for going against his will. We are already being subjected to an unconstitutional imperial presidency, that grew exponentially under both Bush and Obama, expanding the claimed war powers of the president to swallow up our Bill of Rights and circumvent jury trial. The result is an executive branch that claims the absurd power to declare any American an “unlawful combatant” on the say-so of the president alone.

Now we see the rise of an imperial judiciary that not only legislates from the bench but is attempting to expand their “contempt” power to likewise swallow up our Bill of Rights and circumvent jury trial. Both methods are used to allow the powerful office holder to merely point his finger and have his opponent thrown behind bars without a grand jury indictment and without being found guilty by a jury of their peers. No innocent until proven guilty before a jury. Just “guilty” because the leader says so. That is a dictatorship, whether done by a president or by a judge. No one man should have that kind of power in his hands alone to decide guilt and impose a sentence of indefinite detention. Under our Constitution, that dictatorial power does not exist. We must stand against this. And so we will protect her and prevent it from happening again. – Stewart Rhodes

The Oath Keepers didn’t think they were violating any laws when they stood down federal authorities during the Clive Bundy Rebellion, so it’s no surprise they think neither the governor nor the sheriff did their job in allowing Davis to be arrested.

Rhodes had a phone conversation “with Jackson County, Kentucky, Sheriff Denny Peyman and other local Oath Keepers activists,” in which he told them “he was on his way to Kentucky to help with the Davis operation.”

Apparently, Rhodes was going to satisfy himself by intimidating the judge who ordered Davis’ arrest by picketing outside his home, saying, “This judge needs to be put on notice that this sort of behavior is not going to be accepted and we’ll be there to stop it and intercede ourselves if we have to.”

But her release changed that.

Never mind that, as one commenter to the above video has helpfully pointed out, “Congress gave federal judges the power to imprison people held in contempt back in the time of the founders” in the Judiciary Act of 1789:

SEC . 17. And be it further enacted, That all the said courts of the United States shall have power to grant new trials, in cases where there has been a trial by jury for reasons for which new trials have usually been granted in the courts of law; and shall have power to impose and administer all necessary oaths or affirmations, and to punish by fine or imprisonment, at the discretion of said courts, all contempts of authority in any cause or hearing before the same; and to make and establish all necessary rules for the orderly conducting business in the said courts, provided such rules are not repugnant to the laws of the United States.

Rhodes, complaisantly ignorant of what he pretends to protect, went on to say that, “If the sheriff, who should be interceding, is not going to do his job and the governor is not going to do the governor’s job of interceding, then we’ll do it.”

The Jackson County Sheriff helpfully suggested that Rhodes “educate” the Rowan County Sheriff on his “responsibility” to block federal courts. Peyman said he would have stopped the arrest, and Rhodes proclaimed that,

“This is exactly the kind of thing that our Founding Fathers dealt with when dealing with the magistrates and the officers of the crown who wanted to run roughshod over the rights of the colonists without a jury indictment, without any of that. Same thing. They’re going to show their power and show you who’s boss.”

If anyone needs to be educated, it is these traitors who feel heir understanding of the law supersedes that of the legal system,and of the law of the land, the United States Constitution.

Two comments by Oath Keeper members on the organization’s website this morning show there are cracks developing over Rhodes’ “rush to judgment” over Kim Davis:

Dale 11 September, 2015, 02:34

Forget what Kentucky law Ms. Davis broke, what about the 1st Amendment? By evoking God into the equation, she is breaking a fundamental American law of separation of church & state. Surely all of you remember that some of our founding fathers were religiously persecuted in Europe. I see this as Stewart Rhodes cherry picking to the extreme. For what reason? Is he being blinded by anger, impatience, politics, faith or worse yet, the spotlight? Doesn’t he realize our main battle is still a war of words/ideology? If OK continues down this path, we will lose this war. I am a proud founding member of OK & still believe in it’s initial purpose. And I can’t count how many times others have told me I am the most patient man they know. But this hypocritical rush to judgement is testing my patience & making me question my membership.


Alexander 11 September, 2015, 03:38

Couldn’t agree more, Dale. All I see in the comments is Fox News and GOP ideology. Take off your tin hats, people. Kim Davis swore to uphold the Constitution, like we did, except she broke that oath. She is imposing HER beliefs on everyone else. You can believe whatever fairy tale -sky-cake crap you want, but do NOT impose it on others. When you do, you go to jail. Period.

What the Oath Keepers are selling is not honor. Honor has nothing to do with treason. It plays no role. What Stewart Rhodes is selling is rebellion on demand over a clerk who not only violated the law, but her own oath to do her duty. Comparisons made to the Founding Fathers and the patriots of 1776 are a joke. There is no comparison to be made.

Kentucky is not a sovereign nation and has not been since the Articles of Confederation were replaced by the United States Constitution. The Oath Keepers are a treasonous group plotting rebellion against the government of the United States of America.

They got away with their actions during the Bundy Affair. They should not be allowed to flaunt their treason a second time.

63 Replies to “Oath Keepers Plan to “Protect” Kim Davis from Arrest by US Marshals”

  1. 18 U.S. Code § 2331: The US Definition of Terrorism
    the term “domestic terrorism” means activities that—
    (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;
    (B) appear to be intended—
    (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
    (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
    (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
    (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

    DOJ do your job

  2. Would they be so quick to defend Kim if she were Muslim? Hindu? Buddhist? Would they have been so quick to defend if Kim were Black, Hispanic or Asian? Somehow, I think not.

  3. It’s a sad commentary on America when we have citizens who want to usurp the law of the land. We are a nation of laws, it keeps our citizenry safe and civil. This militia is spoiling for a fight. They didn’t get one at the Bundy ranch so now they are shopping for a high profile confrontation.

  4. You know she will break the law again and when the Marshalls come arrest her if any of these terrorist interfere then eliminate them on the spot

  5. Guess that Jade Helm takeover by President Obama didn’t pan out for them. They need to be stopped.

  6. Moronic republican candidates might be realizing this morning that they’ve hooked their political star to acts of terrorism if these douchebags get violent. Watch for the GOP backpeddling in 3…2…1….

  7. I can’t answer every scenario you posed, but I can say that Oath Keepers probably would defend Ms. Davis if she was black. Oath Keepers stood with the Black Lives Matter protesters in Ferguson: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/oath-keepers-arm-50-blacks-ferguson-ar-15s-hold-open-carry-march-downtown/

    The group’s zeal for broad unchecked personal liberty is not exactly “far-right” or “ultra-conservative”. It is “ultra-libertarian”, which is not a subgroup of either major political party.

  8. the US Marshal Service has a long and honorable history dating back to George Washington starting the Service…

    scroll down to the list of famous Marshal’s and you’ll see that they aren’t a service to mess with…

    while a lot of the stories about some of them are probably apocryphal, the Earps, Hickock, others like Heck Thomas, Bill Tilghman, Dallas Stoudenmire and Bass Reeves were not Marshals to be messed with…

    there is no reason to believe that today’s Marshals take their service any less seriously than their predecessors…

    President John F. Kennedy ordered 127 marshals to accompany James Meredith, an African American who wished to register at the segregated University of Mississippi.

    while the service has had its share of scandals they not ones to be messed with…


    btw… I’m a Doc Holliday fan…

  9. Undoubtedly, they’ll do that. But unlike a giant private ranch, in a public setting, police can barricade them in, and wait them out.

    As much as I’d like to see that happen to those scumbags…I almost think the smarter thing to do in this situation is to give the baby its bottle. De-escalate. Let her have her name removed from ALL licenses. Licenses will still be issued and will still be legal. Gays will still get married in her county. So who cares if she doesn’t want her name on it. Like that matters. Pfft!

    I know the principle is wrong….but it takes away their public stage. Ultimately, in fifty years….people like this will largely be dead, society will be used to gay marriage, and we’ll look back and think this whole thing was ridiculous.

    As long as same sex couple’s right to get their license is protected….I don’t give a shit if we coddle her to avoid bloodshed and martyrdom. She does not deserve this much attention.

  10. Absolutely. This is all stagecraft now. She wants the guest spot on Hannity and O’Reilly and a book deal. It will be interesting (and not deadly I hope) to see if the Oath Keepers make good on their threats and the response of the local law enforcement. I’m sure that right now the court is planning on a way to avoid jailing her again. She wants to be a martyr and denying her that is would be the ultimate punishment. I hope the Justice Department has sent marshals to Kentucky to protect the judge.

  11. FVCK them! The moment one of them so much as exhibits a weapon, they should all be gunned down.

  12. “We believe Federal District Court Judge David Bunning grossly overstepped his bounds and violated Mrs Davis’ due process rights, and in particular her right to a jury trial.”

    Maybe you ignorant fvckers ought to study the law first before just “believing”. Because you haven’t got anything else right thus far, either.

  13. They’re looking for a fight. They John Wayne their way into these situations, or instigate them, themselves. No one stands up to them, so the charade continues on. If anyone is hurt because of this, (even if one of these morons shoots themselves) Rhodes and his merry band hillbillys need to be held accountable. A better moniker for them is OAF keepers!

  14. They should have done it with the Bundy rabble, now they’ve given these idiots the idea that they are above the law. Same mindset as the blacks who riot when something happens that they don’t like.

  15. Of course not. “OathKeepers” are generally white supremacist anarchist gun nuts. Think Tim McVeigh.

  16. We live in a country that is under the rule of law. We have no room for vigilantes. The Oath Keepers are self-delusional idiots who are seemingly attempting to overcompensate for a lack of physical endowment by acting like they can take on the government and win. They are nothing but loudmouthed, ignorant bullies who apparently get their sexual kicks from pretending to be tough guys. These clowns are laughable bumpkins who deserve only derision.

  17. Apparently Mr. Rhodes is a little confused on how the legal process works. One is not entitled to a “Jury” trial when you are found in “contempt”. Contempt of court in this case means that she had been ordered by the court to follow Federal law and issue the licenses but she refused to do so. Also as a public official she does not retain the right to only follow rules that are within her religious beliefs. If she does not want to follow the law she should resign her post.

  18. …treasonous ammosexuals, already confronted Feds once with no consequences…
    …pull ’em into ambush, arrest ’em…if any pulls weapon kill ’em all…
    …prob solved…NEXT???

  19. All she had to DO was do her job. No issues and no jailtime.
    Who is marrying is none of her business, all she has to do is make sure they have all required documentation completed correctly then issue the license. She doesnt even have to know them. Or let one of the other clerks do it.
    Instead of being seen shouting blasphemy on the news an on the internet.

  20. Stewart Rhodes is going to get himself and others killed or jailed if he isn’t stopped. Up until now this lunatic fringe organization has been allowed to impose their brand of martial law on us with very little challenge from law enforcement because I think the Feds did not want a wild shootout over illegal grazing rights and the bad thing about that was that it gave the Oath Keepers an enhanced case of beer muscles which eventually is going to get them the bloody shootout they are looking for.

  21. They’re no different then the Taliban, and if they had the power, they would rule this country under a gun.

  22. So they are going to show up at a government building armed and ready to prevent her being arrested again?

    This will not end well for the Oafs.

  23. Of course they would derrick. That has been the plan since the days of dear Ronnie. That and perpetual war! The thugs have one aim.. to destroy our country and turn it to a theocracy. Which means that every person who loves freedom. and their country had better learn, listen too and avoid the rethgus.. are like an amoeba who creeps along engulfing all in it’s path.

  24. If Kim Davis had been a Muslim instead, Stewart Rhodes and his band of vigilantes would be so conflicted that their heads would explode.

  25. I hate to say it, but these Stewart Rhodes followers need to be brought down a few pegs. The federal government let them get away with things at the Bundy ranch as said above and will keep pushing the boundaries until someone is dead (hopefully one of their own). If they try to intercede in an arrest, they need to be charged and jailed. If they resist, it just adds to the charges. It has to be “nipped in the bud” before it gets any worse.

  26. Hello,

    I completely agree with your post, but in reading other messages online here, I am seeing the word ‘Treason’ mentioned and Treasonous. The Constitution actually defines what Treason is, here is the definition:

    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

    The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted.

  27. What we really have happening here in my opinion is Sedition:

    18 U.S. Code § 2384 – Seditious conspiracy:
    If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

  28. Are these wimpy, white, no-penised “men” going to bring their wives and children to hide behind while they threaten US officials with terrorism? These wimps couldnt recite the names of the first two books of the Bible to save their lives. These are little wimpy losers that were promised if they bought guns, they’d be allowed to use them, just like douche bag Marion Wayne.

  29. Thats exactly what these wimps do.. hide behind women and their absurd white-wimp interpretation of the Constitution and the Bible. They are the uneducated class of America (bad homeschooling?)

  30. How would the Oath Keepers fare if THEY were black or Muslim?

    Hauled off to jail. Greeted by a hailstorm of bullets from law enforcement personnel. Sneered at on Fox “News.” Reviled as terrorists instead of the patriots they see themselves as. Put under surveillance.

    How are they getting away with their vigilantism?

  31. Christianity –
    The belief that a cosmic jewish zombie can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him that you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree.

    Makes perfect sense.

  32. Being a Doc Holiday fan is akin to a root canal.

    Maybe that’s what these tiny dicked poseurs deserve.lol

  33. If you are talking about John Wayne – you are almost there –

    Marion Morrison

    he was called “Dutch” by friends.

  34. State governors have pillaged and raped primary education purposely. Knowledge makes people unfit to be wage slaves

  35. Anyone else see the idiocy of a group claiming to be ‘oath keepers’ threatening our Law and Peace for an oath breaker?

  36. In 1963 George Wallace used similar arguments and speech to justify is blockade of the University of Alabama to African Americans.

    President Kennedy sent in 100 troops and Wallace quickly stepped aside.

    I suggest President Obama should do the same thing.

  37. take your toys and go home boys,,the military knows what to do with those weapons you only think you do,,,be good and maybe they will let you be bullet stoppers in the next war right now they dont even want you on their property. One of you clowns has already fired a bullet through an Enlistment office and another one of you JACKASSES has killed one of your own brothers with a bullet to the head….. And now you dam idiot Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists Open Fire On Soldiers At Jade Helm Training Camp in Mississippi Thankfully, no injuries or deaths were reported, and a manhunt is underway for the right-wing terrorists who struck out against the Army. 8-4-15 of you fools were stupid enough to fire on our own troops in Mississippi,,.GO HOME and take you guns you have no idea how to operate with you. You are not patriots YOU ARE IDIOTS

  38. Jack, if Oath Keepers passion is for broad, unchecked, personal liberty their own personal bias pollutes it. Personal liberties are reserved for those who adhere to Christian beliefs. By the way, Oath Keepers is supporting an oath breaker…duh?

  39. I think the rank and file republicans are all talk and no action, as always have been
    …the majority have never served nor have their family members BECAUSE of their white, multi-generational privilege. Guns aren’t weapons to the 1%; they’re for hunting and collecting and fake threats when they don’t get their way (Drunk History at it’s finest).

    The rubes who are conned into voting Repub are cowards, too…all ya’ gotta do is remind the one pointing the gun at the US Marshal that they might not ever see another NASCAR the rest of their entire life on’a’cona jail time. That would be the ultimate “come to jesus” meeting!

    The GOP represents (almost) every white, disenfranchised, fringe group that have two things in common: guns and religion. That’s the glue that binds them–take those two elements away and they’ve got nothing in common.

    (I feel the urge to cue-up Richard Cheese’s rendition of “Come out and Play”, aka, you gotta keep’em seperated”)

  40. 18 U.S. Code Chapter 73 – OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

    18 U.S. Code § 371 – Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States.

    Those boys will be looking at a long time behind bars (and no guns!) should they interfere AND the DoJ enforces the law.

  41. Joy. A hearty amen to you. We are a nation of laws. Oath Keepers, you want to interfere, come on. Let’s see how tough you really are!

  42. No one gets a jury trial for contempt of court. The judge tells you what to do, you defy the judge and refuse, you’re in contempt. There is no jury trial available. There is only your submission to the judicial order.

  43. If these men (mostly men) were black you can bet your sweet you know what the National Guard, state and local police and SWAT would be there in a “New York second.”

  44. Bebe, it worked for Joseph when he met his brother Esau. He the hero, of the Bible. placed his least favorite women and family in the front as he approached his brother. Kept his favorite with family in the back. WHEN I READ THAT, I thought, this one of the men we are supposed to place in high esteem? He is not a hero, but a Coward. Like the rethugs of today.

  45. Send in the NATIONAL GUARD to uphold the Constitution, just like they did in Alabama, in the 1960’s!!!!!

  46. I might wish geeks like this should be castrated, but their religion ensures that they already feel as though they are. What he really wants is nine inch nails and cross-timbers. I say, Nail Him Up!

  47. “Congress gave federal judges the power to imprison people held in contempt back in the time of the founders”.

    There are two types of contempt: contempt in the court itself (e.g., refusing to answer a question ordered by a judge), and failure to follow an injunction outside of court. Given the context of the Judiciary Act of 1979, clearly only the former case is intended, as it has to do with judicial administration, not injunctions.

    The latter type is covered by 18 U.S.C. § 401 and Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure 42..

  48. They call themselves “Oath Keepers” yet they are saying they will protect an individual who broke her oath to uphold the law of the land. So which oath(s) is it they say they are keeping?

  49. They make a sham of the Christian faith, care nothing about rendering to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God. Both cannot be entangled.

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