Is this the end?
Lots of excitement the past few days. It would be easy to sit back, claim some sort of victory and move on.
Lots of folks claiming that it’s the end of the Kerodins in the III movement, while others are claiming that it’s the end of the III movement. The former probably isn’t true, and the latter certainly doesn’t have to be true.
This blog began because of rumors and insinuations of misdeeds over at the Kerodin camp. The Kerodins could have addressed these early on. We are all forgiving folks, and the “mistakes were made” defense works well in our society. Heck, they could have ignored them.
But instead they went on the attack. Not in defense of their efforts, but to go after the credibility and very life blood of those who dared to question them.
Well, the court of III opinion has met and found them publicly guilty. They might still have their III Empire, but it will be a mere shadow of what it was.
Part of the Kerodin effort was to turn we IIIs on ourselves. It started with a Vanderboegh versus Kerodin fight. You had to be loyal to him and no one else. Then it went into the tactical trainers – you had to support his designated expert. Then Sam’s famous “true Patriot” mantra.
And many of us believed it. It sounded good. It made us feel special and important.
We’ve all been betrayed by someone or something in the past. The real pain isn’t the betrayal. Sadly, it’s easy to feel guilty for embracing them in the first place. The most common reaction is to remove ourselves from the cause. To decide that Sammy was the III movement, and if he was bad, then the cause was bad.
The III movement isn’t about Sammy, or Mike, or anyone else but ourselves. You don’t have to have any mentors, leaders, or internet gurus for you to decide that you are a III percenter. It’s an internal belief in liberty and freedom with an acknowledgement that you will support and defend it. It’s in your heart.
The “local, local, local” phrase really means something. It’s nice to know that there are other folks like you throughout the country, but at the end of the day, when the troubles start, it will be you and your tribe working together to defend what is yours.
We need to spend less time trying to bond with someone across the country and more time bonding with our neighbors. Build your tribe and make alliances with the tribe next door. And then with the one next door to it. Squads, Platoons, Companys.
Share your experiences, both good and bad. What works, what’s replicateable, what is a disaster. There is no one size fits all, but there is a lot that fits most.
At the end of the day, what happened is healthy for our movement. We learned that no one is above the fray, and that honesty and integrity matter. The “moral” in leadership is still relevant and useful.
I’m hoping to spend more time on this blog addressing the “how-to” of the III movement, focusing on local. I’ve got to figure out a way to create an atmosphere to ‘cuss and discuss the how-to of stuff. Let’s create a forum of “hands-on” how to do it.
I hope I won’t have to ever discuss the Kerodins again.