Oregon Lessons Learned – Or – Lessons You Better Learn

Regular readers know that I am a huge advocate of local preparation and execution.

There will be times though when other groups will call for aid and support.

You might be inclined to assist. Today, we’ll discuss some criteria to help you decide if you want to or should provide support.

Will leaving your local area leave you and your tribe at risk?

  • Your number one priority is you, your family, and your local area.  Do you have enough trained members of your group to send some of them somewhere else?
  • It’s the same thing with logistics. Do you have access to extra supplies?  You should never give your core supplies to someone else

Do the folks that you are going to assist have a clear statement of why they are taking the action? Does it have an obtainable end state? In other words, have they defined success?

  • A good objective needs to be getting the middle 40% of America to see us as not evil. We shouldn’t expect then to love our cause, but certainly they need to see that we are being wronged.  If we can show the government as overbearing and overreaching, we win.

Another thing to consider is whether or not you have local support.

  • It doesn’t matter if the liberty event is in the middle of BLM controlled land, or in a town with a tyrannical sheriff, or something else. If the locals are happy with the atrocities or evilness, we are wasting your time with an occupation.
  • In Oregon, it’s not that the locals are ambivalent. They are overwhelmingly against the occupation.  The Hammonds, who are claimed to be one of the reasons for the occupation, are adamant in their statements that they don’t support the occupation.  And other than Tom Baugh, no one seems to be talking about how to help the Hammond family as they try to make it with while their bread-winners are in prison.
  • Stealing government vehicles and driving them around town, destroying government property, and otherwise causing the taxpayer who actually owns the stuff to have to pay for repairs, sends a terrible message to the locals.
  • In Oregon, there was an outstanding opportunity to seize the high ground by protecting the historical artifacts, but it seems that they took the ISIS approach to the artifacts.
  • Remember that the locals lived there before we got there and will live there after we leave.
  • Quite frankly, other than the lack of logistical support, this was the thing that I found so bizarre with the Jedburgh concept. The notion that some folks would get together from God knows where and show up in my locality seemed bizarre. I always figured that they would be shot on contact.

Consider who you are going to support.

  • Someone else started the fight. If you go to help, you won’t be in charge and will have to willingly follow their rules. If you can’t do that, you best not go. If the group in question gets a bad reputation, you will too, just for having been there.
  • If you don’t know them at all, but think the objective is strong, and there is local support, be cautious and be prepared to disengage if you have to.  Plan your own exit strategy from the beginning.

Do the folks conducting the action have a comprehensive public relations plan?

  • Obviously, if there isn’t a clear objective, it’s hard to garner support. However, even if you have a clear objective, it is critical that you keep the locals informed of your daily actions and what is being done (or should be done) to achieve your end state.
  • A media center is very important.   The message needs to be consistent and professional.  As the situation develops, there may be a time where you can’t talk to the media directly.  Consider the use of “pirate radio” to get your message out to the masses.

What logistical support are the fighters depending on?

  • Assuming that a clear objective was established and local support was available, the planners must have an idea of how long the fight is going to last.  They must show up with enough supplies to last for the initial estimate, and develop a plan for resupply

In conclusion, choosing to support an effort with “boots on the ground” requires some serious thinking.

  • If you can’t leave your local area, you shouldn’t go at all.
  • If you can leave your local area, but have no access to extra logistical supplies, you shouldn’t go at all.
  • If you can leave your local area and you do have extra supplies, but the folks doing the action have no clear objective or feasible end state, you shouldn’t go at all.
  • If you can meet all of the criteria, but the action is in a place where there is no local support at best, or the locals are hostile at worst, you shouldn’t go at all.

It’s time to remember that it’s all local.



14 thoughts on “Oregon Lessons Learned – Or – Lessons You Better Learn

  1. Nice list of best-practices, thanks for putting that together.

    And thanks for the kudos, but in all fairness, I’m not the only one talking about supporting the Hammonds. Lots of people are. Support is out there, but they aren’t being heard over all the Bundy chatter, and in some cases, being shouted down for it. And I’m not talking about it enough.


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  2. Yes, we should be doing what we can to help the Hammond family. Bundy and company can stay out in the sticks until the feds move on them.


  3. As I said when Tom Baugh made his comment,what would probably help the ladies left to run the Hammond ranch the most-aside from a pickup load or two of food- is a bunch of guys to donate their labor to maintain the ranch,and help with the daily chores.
    There’s a lot of work involved in running a ranch,and it will take more than the Hammond women to do the work.


  4. You nailed it right there. And the plight of the Hammonds – despite being aligned with the plight of farmers and ranchers, hell the entire west – is what needs to be foremost in the battle for the hearts and minds of the 40% you spoke of. Grandstanding and posturing in camouflage is a circus act.


    • And if the Hammond’s had refused to go to prison and made a call to militias for protection that would have been a righteous cause to flock too…


  5. Sir, you missed the most important consideration. Is the action in righteous self-defense or righteous defense of others? Never fire the first shot, figuratively or actually. The founders suffered a decade’s long train of abuses, but still they sought legal and civil recourse, while they waited for “shots fired”. They were counted justified before God and thus they won the fight.


  6. Everyone talks about local,local,local but people for the most part haven’t been able to build tribe let alone community even though they have been there for quite some time…So what’s the solution? That is the one no seems to want to tackle…No one wants to come out and say no matter how well you prep and train if you aren’t living amongst like minded people then your pretty much screwed…Just think of all the things the left has accomplished by having the numbers in certain area’s… Seems to me we could learn a few things…Great article though and I agree wholeheartedly…


  7. Reblogged this on Arctic Specter and commented:
    Some thoughts on the seizing of the federal land in Oregon. Basically, in my eyes, this movement met none of the criteria layed out here. Short of just causing troube for the feds, I’ve seen nothing actually accomplished other than give the liberal media something to take aim at and call what they perceive as a bunch of white christians terrorists. The moment you knew the locals didn’t support you, it was time to pack it in. It’s too late to fix now and each day you’re just making the situation worse.


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