By Ed Vallejo, Editor
THE R3VOLUTION CONTINUES Edition
Reporting exclusively for Freedom’s Phoenix
It was a somber and solemn disquiet that blanketed the early morning desert as some of the most dedicated men and women of society – those who would lay down their life for “God, Family, and Country” - came together from all parts of America to honor and mourn the unnecessary death of a two-tour Iraq Veteran Marine, Jose Guerena of Tucson, and pay their Respects to the grieving Widow and Family on this Memorial Day of 2011.
Many came to let it be known that “enough is enough”. I know my life has been changed because of this day. To what extent is yet to be seen.
I commuted the two hour distance with my good friend and Vice-Chairman of the Arizona OathKeepers Gerald Rhoades. All the way down there I used the opportunity to both bring him up to speed as to everything I had found out researching the available details and to try and get it straight in my mind my initial questions to clear up the holes in the story. There were so much of both the time went like it was nothing and we were there.
Upon arrival we worked our way through the sizeable crowd to find Founder Stewart Rhodes and Former Graham County Sheriff and OathKeepers Board Member Richard Mack Organizing and making statements to the media.
Looking around I could tell right away that almost everyone there was either current or former military and law enforcement, and well as Family, friends, and coworkers. Everyone was gravely concerned, and for many reasons.
I knew that there were people from California, Nevada, Utah, and New Mexico headed to attend – but before the day was over I would hear from people who flew in or carpooled from all over, including one gentleman who drove from North Carolina.
I think the predominant thought was “It could have been me or my loved one that this happened to, and I cannot be of good conscience and allow it to happen to anyone else”. I agreed wholeheartedly with this sentiment because, if nothing else, I had so many things in common with the list of items used by those who would demonize the deceased in the Circus of the LameStream Media – all the way down to a Border Patrol hat (I get a lot of grief being a Libertarian who supports secure borders for our Nation). Things that have, in my lifetime, been required from the Citizenry ‘for the Security of a Free state’ – namely, the most state-of-the-art weaponry as is individually possible to ‘repel rebellion or invasion’ if necessary. Look up ‘Yamamoto’s Giant’ sometimes, and I think you’ll see what I mean.
Many factors then and since have compounded greatly my own personal concern, and at this point in time I cannot go into any greater detail here until some very important questions I have get answered.
For now, I’ll just let the videos speak for itself. That is the most important part right now – getting it out there in the Public Domain (can’t say it didn’t happen!) Missing is Founder Stewart Rhodes being interviewed by Tucson Television (that wasn’t aired – fancy that!), and the beginning of the march and the first half of the ceremony, but I am breaking it up into smaller portions so I can get them uploaded ASAP. Look for them as soon as they are done.
And hold on to your seat – I think we’re in for a RIDE. MUCH more to come.
p.s. here is the text of the official Libertarian Party of Arizona statement given me by Chairman Warren Severin:ARIZONA LIBERTARIANS SUPPORT OATHKEEPERS, GUERENA
Warren Severin, Chairman of the Arizona Libertarian Party has this to say to the Oathkeepers at their gathering in Tucson in tribute to Jose Guerena:
“Two hundred and thirty five years ago our forefathers believed that we, the common people, held God-given rights. Not doled out by Government. God Given. Among them, the right to speak our minds, the right to defend ourselves at need, and the right to be secure in our homes. But, an oppressive and tyrannical Government thought otherwise. Our forefathers fought and shed their blood and died to secure those rights. They then guaranteed those rights for future generations in a Constitution, so that government would never take them again.
“Many generations of dedicated Americans like Jose Guerena and many of you have shed their blood, and many have died to defend and preserve those rights.
“Today these God-given rights are again being taken from us by oppressive and tyrannical government. No longer are we free to speak our minds, defend ourselves at need; nor are we secure in our homes. America is rapidly becoming a totalitarian-police state.
“Now, once again, an oppressive and tyrannical Government denies us these God-given rights. We will not passively watch. We will – I hope by the ballot box – reclaim our God-given rights. We will remove oppression and tyranny from government. America WILL NOT be a totalitarian-police state.
“As you have sworn to uphold your pledge as Oathkeepers, the Tucson police and all police forces must also uphold their pledges.
“God bless Jose Guerena, and especially his wife Vanessa and children who will have to try to get through this horrible tragedy without him.”
The Arizona Libertarian Party is Arizona’s, and the nation’s, third largest political party. Libertarians believe in self-ownership, personal responsibility, the ‘Golden Rule’, strong defense, and non-initiation of force.
Contact Warren Severin Chairman AZLP at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 480-215-8527.