Saturday, April 16, 2016

Change of Command

 
 
As many have observed, it would be a tragedy to simply let this blog go to archive.  This blog was the first of its kind dedicated to the principles of the three percent.  Mike, my father, started this blog with the intention to give himself a platform to educate and proselytize a very simple and profound message that no one should to bend a knee. Since its inception in 2009, Sipsey Street Irregulars has given a voice to a community of the last free men and women in this country.  This community has grown larger and flown higher than anyone could have dreamed.  People discovered that they were not alone.  This is a community stewards, not leaders.  Shepherds, not wolves. Mikes presence on this blog may have diminished but his message will not.  That is my charge and the promise I make to the community that has given him so much friendship and support over the years.  The voice on this blog will not go silent.
 
 
That's me.  I am not my father but I am my fathers son.  God only made one of him.  To say the least, the man can certainly turn a phrase.  The vision and clarity he gave us, dearly purchased over lifetime of street level advocacy, will be missed.  What I do have is his unwavering commitment to keep this blog and what he built alive and to advocate the founding intent of the III Percent.  I may fail some of you along the way.  I deeply apologize if I do.  I would ask that you give me some time to grow into these very big shoes that I need to fill.  

 
 
 

89 comments:

daniel said...

Thank you.
Your father, God bless him, was instrumental in exactly the ways you say, for me, personally.
No one has a better chance of filling such shoes than you do, sir.

I;m sure I speak for many when I say our hearts break along with you in this time of impending loss.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you, Mr. Vanderboegh. God speed and God bless to your dad.

MitchRapp334@yahoo.com

Long Island Mike said...

I am saddened by the current circumstances. I have said my prayers for your dad. His is and will be a unique voice in this troubled world. But I am sure that if you are his boy you'll do just fine. Just fine. God bless you and the rest of your family and God Bless your dad. Let him know that his words and sentiments will echo on for a very very long time.

John Otis Comeau said...

you're probably more than aware already, but as active duty military there may be a lot of things your Dad got away with that you cannot. you've probably heard of CJ Grisham, whose blog got him into hot water several times until he retired.

Jay Stang said...

God bless you, Matthew. Wisdom and discernment are your weapons.

Nancy said...

God bless your father, and your entire family. I've been checking here every day to see if there is a new post, knowing why there was not. Thank you so much for your message. Our prayers are with you all.

Anonymous said...

your father was a good man, sorry for your loss.

Longbow said...

Charlie Mike!

Out.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear that you'll be taking up the reigns, Daniel. Your fathers shoes will indeed be difficult to fill. The only advice I can give is not to try and become him. Let your own voice come though, and things will pan out.

Anonymous said...

Mike and Son ,
It is very unfortunate that a lot of the elders are leaving .But the Hope is that what they planted will grow and spring fourth a newer Generation to carry on the fight for freedom! Sadly, America is near its own Death ! Mike you will miss out on a lot of soon coming future misery and despair because it is coming .America will no longer be what you currently know . Everything has its time and place and for other reasons unknown .My thought here is that throughout human history Nations come to power and then fall . Nothing stays the same . Mankind has never been able to rule this world justly and live in a real civilized world . Governments have brought there own Nations destruction due to corruption on all levels which includes fraud, theft and using politics and legal systems to there own personal advantage and creating Wars to which bankrupts them .The upper class seems to think they just know what is best for everybody else and that includes making the others weak .Taking there rights and freedoms away and Taxing the shit out of them to keep them in the debt trap turning them to common surfs . The Attacks on gun ownership is just a prime example of many attacks upon the people. Once firearms are taken away thru laws or regulations or even martial law or some other form of control then the wolves will come down and prey on the people at will and with no recourse . The people will have no quarter ! Mike you may be going out at the right time because what is coming will be worse that what many can imagine . May your Son be guided and carry on the fight .Yes there will be battles lost but the focus is winning the War and carrying on ! The enemy is fast approaching and who will meet the enemy at the gates ?

Anonymous said...

Standing with you, Young Dutch.

-AmericanBTGoG

Widowmaker 3R said...

It's in the blood and in the upbringing. Known you too long to believe otherwise, and never hesitate to call upon old friends.

RustyGunner said...

Welcome aboard, and thank you.0

Henry said...

Thank you, sir, your father is loved and appreciated. No one can take anyone's place, we can only step up and do what we can to fill the gap. Whatever you can do will be appreciated. The many posts on this blog have good words and valuable info and insight. Thanks for keeping it intact and moving forward.
My father was a quiet man, but his love and actions for the betterment of family and friends were among the loudest of anyone. I can't do what he did the way he did it but I remember him and know that his example is guiding me today. We are our father's son, just a little bit different.
Carry on, sir. Tell you Dad we'll see him in Heaven.

Anonymous said...

Your father will be missed. Good luck to you in keeping the blog going.
Old Bill in Fla.

Santos Design Solutions said...

Blessings to your family, it is hard to really come up with words at the moment, but I can think of no better person to continue this blog. A fellow Army vet too, hoooah. It was really profound reading Mike's latest post and letting the words sink in for a long time. Thank you for carrying on, you'll do fine my friend.

Anonymous said...

I am VERY happy to hear this news and God bless you for continuing your father's mission; he is a very great man. I had the honor and privilege of having lunch with him some time ago on one of his journeys. He has been an inspiration to me.

While we are all heartbroken at the prospect of losing him much too soon, that grief is somewhat lightened knowing that you are continuing his legacy.

Anonymous said...

I check you out every morning. Met Mike at the Bundy Standoff.

drjim said...

Feel free to ask for any help you might need.

You're a fine son, and I know your Dad is very proud of you.

May God be with you and your family during these difficult times....

Radio Patriot said...

It is with a heavy heart that we welcome you to the ranks.

I think I speak for many when I say your father holds a very special place in our hearts.

God bless you as you pick up the mantle and carry on.

Andrea

FedUp said...

Welcome, Matt.
Peace be with your family.

Anonymous said...

Welcome aboard and thank you for stepping up. The loss of this blog was a question that was on my mind and I am delighted that you are willing to take it over.

Kevin 3%

John said...

Thank you for continuing your father's work. I've met your Dad a number of times at various national 2A gatherings. What gave him the greatest pleasure was talking about you and your sisters.

I will keep all of you in my prayers as I know it is a very difficult time for all.

LL said...

sic transit gloria mundi

Carl "Bear" Bussjaeger said...

Welcome. And thank you.

Unknown said...

I had the honor of hearing Mike speak in Olympia on a number of occasions. Even got to personally thank him and shake his hand. My heart is breaking right now for his family, and everyone who had the opportunity to meet this great man, to hear him speak, and to read his words. Mike is the reason that I am awake today, his inspiration will live on through his son, and the patriot movement! I will light a candle for you today, and sending love and strength in these last precious days. Blessed Be )O(

Anonymous said...

Be strong brother. Our thoughts, prayers & patience are with you. Thank you and your dad for your service and patriotism.

tjbbpgobIII said...

I think heaven will look good with your father around. We'll miss him here on earth though. G-d bless him and you. I'll check back each day for new updates.

Anonymous said...

Welcome aboard.

Rivenshield said...

I am glad for this. I was a bit fearful that this voice would be stilled.

Give your pop our best.

Anonymous said...

The prospect of losing Mike brings tears to my eyes not unlike some of his posts that made his love of freedom so clear.

Chiu ChunLing said...

What time we each have is given by God, for His own purposes.

But I will hazard to estimate that God will not see it amiss that you let Mike know that his labors have not been in vain. Till the time should come that he hears it from higher authority than any of us, let me say, "thank you."

Unknown said...

I hate to keep posting the same thing. I wouldn't if it hadn't helped someone I know beat Pancreatic cancer. https://www.bluebird-botanicals.com/ CBD oil. I pray for Mike regularly.

McWopski said...

If you are half the warrior your father is, the standard is in good hands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzUUFwbPaE4

Anonymous said...

Matthew I know you will do well. As your father's son you're already ahead of the game.
I look forward to many useful and thought provoking posts. If any of your dad's supporters can help, we would be happy to. Give your dad a hug for all of us.

Michael @ Horse-Tied creek

JohninMd.(HELP?!??) said...

While we greive with you and your family on the immanent loss of your Father, it is good to know you have felt able to take up the torch of his crusade for the Republic, and Liberty in general. Don't try to be your Dad, be the man he raised you to be, and we all will do fine. God bless you and your family, Matt. And may he grant your family strength in the coming pain. Take care.

Witold Pilecki said...

I read your Dad's blog every day, and checked it constantly for updates. I would see the option to "create your own blog" from blogspot.com and always toyed with the idea. When Sipsey Street Irregulars went quiet, I knew he was just too ill to continue. That's when I decided to begin writing my own blog, more focused on the State of Kommiecticut, but with inspiration from the great Dutchman himself. I appreciate his efforts more than I can express. I can only hope that someday, Southern Poverty Law Center will condemn me as well, and then I will just smile.

Anonymous said...

I don't agree with most of what your father's written. Coming from the dark side and all.. But I respect his honesty, his ability to turn a phrase, and his passion. Have read for 4 years, have learned, and am full of respect for him.
Best to you.. Put your soul here, as he does. Best to Mike, you, and your family.
A.

Keith Doyon said...

God Bless and Good Luck with this Daniel. You could do worse than to re-read your old man's stuff from time to time. Yes, he could turn a phrase, but that can be learned. His clarity of vision thought, and his willingness to put it on the line to share it is what set him apart. But you have seen, up close and personal, that it can be done. Big shoes, yes, but they did not start out as big as they became. ;)
Decide early on what your standards are, what you will compromise, and what you will not, and continue to review and refine them (even Old Ben Franklin did that), and you will find that your feet will fit larger shoes of your own.
So many of us that you have never heard of or from are here rooting for the message to continue.
Press on!

Anonymous said...

Tom762 said...

Reporting for duty, Sir!
Request permission to come aboard!

Thank you for carrying on this fine institution, Matthew.

Tom762

Sedition said...

You will not fill your great father's shoes.
What you will do is place your own shoes right along side Mike's where they belong.
Each man must be his own man, and I'm sure that your shoes will in no way disgrace Mike's.
We will always remember Mike with love and respect...and I say this through tears in my eyes. A grown-assed, bald, mean, bad tempered ass-kicker with tears in his eyes.
You will bring a new chapter to not only Mike's legacy, but to the entire III% movement.

ps. I hear that the 100 Head Life Insurance Policy is fully willable and transferable...
We've got your family's back whenever needed. Just ask.

Anonymous said...

Take care of your father in these difficult times; his dedication is much appreciated. Carry on.

Roger.45 said...

"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." God Bless.

Roger.45 said...

"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." God Bless.

ebd10 said...

If you're half the warrior your father is, the future is in good hands.

Anonymous said...

God Bless.

Backwoods Engineer said...

Outstanding. I am glad you are going to carry your father's work forward, and keep this community together.

Your father is a great man, and I sense the apple does not fall far from the tree. You too are destined for great things.

May God grant the richest blessings on your family. I am of humble means, but I stand ready to help, as I have in the past.

--Steve the Backwoods Engineer

Guffaw in AZ said...

God Be With You!
And thank you for all you have given.

gfa

LSP said...

Condolence for your loss, and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Prayers for You, your Dad and your family

Mike has been an educational gem God Bless and Godspeed.

I am pleased that this blog won't just go to archive

I have always felt that like Whittaker Chanbers Mike is a priceless witness of what vile stuff collectivist thought is

Keep up the good work

I know it won't help but at the core of my eulogy for my Dad was a paraphrase of
Gen George Patton
something like
"I will not mourn that this man has passed from our fellowship to fellowship with our Lord God and the Saints, I will thank God that such a man lived and I had the Honor to call him Dad.

I thank God that a man like your Dad saw the need to call out what is going on in our republic

woerm/thr

Anonymous said...

This blog was an important part in continuing or elevating my awakening.

God bless your father, and may God continue to bless you and yours.

Steve Ramsey said...

Keep Up The Fire.

Anonymous said...

God be with you and your family.. I have enjoyed you site .. You have helped a lot of people to see the truth..
Thank you

skybill said...

Hi Sgt. Matt,
'Glad to hear 'ya!! 'Was wonderin'.....would the "Blog." just come to a stand still or would someone "Pick up the Torch!!!" Be advised I was Readin' "Sipsey Street" since I found it back around '08 or so and "Connected!!!" I'm on for the "Long Haul!!!"
'Have conversed with Mike several times and only had the op to meet him twice on my excursions up to NC... I will remember.... meanwhile, back at the ranch, it is my hope that Mike is resting well, his journey is not an easy one. My prayers are with him and your whole family.
We are in very troubling times.... the fuse is already burning and it doesn't take a Rocket Scientist to figure out that the keg is going to blow soon..... besides being in a state of "Constant Vigilance" it is time to cock the hammer all the way back!!!.... I will leave with the words of a long gone writer....
"A man can never have too much Red Wine, too many Books or too much Ammunition."
-Rudyard Kipling-
......And... from Mike's III% patch from back when....,
Audentes...Fortuna...Juvat,
III%,
skybill-out


























rumcrook™ said...

You will do just fine. Apples don't fall far from the tree.

quaker said...

Matthew: Your father loved you and respected you enough to entrust you with this new command. Mike was a great man, an honest man, an icon, and the creator of an American original. We are as proud of him as you are. Stay strong for your family. God has your back. And we are with you. Thank you for your service. We have much to do.

Anonymous said...

Don't concern yourself with attempting to "fill your Father's shoes". The most important and critical legacy will be to simply remain on his path.

Many will be right beside you along the way.

God Bless, and Thank You
Tom W.

Overwatch said...

Welcome brother! I know you'll measure up to your father's standards. Stay strong and keep his counsel close.

Historian said...

Dear Mr. Vanderboegh:

Col. Cooper quoted the ancients as saying that the three things required of a young prince were to be able to ride, shoot straight and speak the truth. Move, shoot and communicate. Some things never change.

And some things do. That is the nature of the cycle of life. Your father will be very greatly missed, Matthew, but I have no doubt that you, his son and heir, will be a worthy successor, and that you have the potential to make as great a mark on events as he did, possibly greater. Speaking the truth these days is a revolutionary act, and those who do so in support of Liberty are all too rare.

This is a war of ideas, and Sipsey Street has been effective as an intellectual bastion of freedom since your father established it. It is very good to know that it will continue to be such.

Best regards, Historian

Moe Grimm said...

Thanks Mat. When you can and can see your way clear, let us know however we can help beyond what's obvious. Whatever it takes. Cindy and I will continue to Pray for your Father and your entire family.

Gary Stone said...

God will see you and your family through this trying time, one that we all experience -- leaving this existence for a better one is part of life, is it not? We're pleased that you are taking the reins and look forward to you not only carrying on the standards set by Mike but also in establishing your own leadership. Blessings upon you.

RatDog from Texas

Anonymous said...

Outstanding. Your father has influenced more than you know. I am sure you will do just the same. Thank you, God Bless you and your family!

j said...

Take your time - you have bigger things to deal with for now. Thanks for assuring us of the future of the blog, and I know you will make your Dad proud ( you already have) I love your Dad and Rosey and continue praying for all the family. If I can do anything to help you, let me know.

FSHB said...

Thank-you Matt. I also have been worried for the potential loss of Sipsey Street Irregulars. Mike's voice has been a voice of reason, a moderating influence to stop the hotheads from lashing out against the oppressors, who seek to enslave the United States. A 'Fort Sumter' event in these days of extreme polarizing strife could easily turn the public against the cause of liberty. His articulate call to adhere to the principles of the III, while refusing to back up one more step has been a banner to rally around. I am sorely disappointed to see your father unable to continue in this task, but, I am greatly encouraged to see you, the son, take on the mantle for the next generation. Peace be with you, according to the peace of the Lord of Heaven. Prayers for your father are daily, prayers of help for you in taking up his work will begin immediately.

FSHB

PS - Regarding 'Absolved', I would encourage you to ask your father to follow the example that Robert Jordan set with his book series when it became apparent there was a chance that he would not be able to complete them. With help, he compiled notes on the entire series including the ending books which had not been written. He told the entire story to two of his close family. He gave a short list of approved authors who he trusted to complete the work. Eventually Brandon Sanderson was selected by his heirs to complete the series, and Sanderson did a fabulous job of completing the work while remaining true to the tone, tenor and language of the series.

This is getting pretty long for a comment in a blog. I'll email this to you also.

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that Sipseystreetirregulars will continue the fight. You have my support.

Greg Canty, aka, "Mitch Rapp" said...

I'm going to push for adding your dad's likeness to Mount Rushmore. A man of enormous patriotism and the resolve of a stone mountain. God bless you and your family.

JohnG said...

Checked the blog everyday. Feared something was up, all the time knowing what it might be. Your dad opened my eyes to the depths of our troubles and offered insight, direction and resolve. I try to share that with others. He fought the good fight with truth and honor. He will be remembered. Thank you for taking up the banner.

Oregon Hobo said...

Matt,

Thank you for taking up this burden despite so much having already been laid upon your shoulders. Please know that we understand you must take care of first things first. The rest can wait.

I wish you strength.

#OREGON HOBO#

Moe Death said...

Matt,
It is as I hoped it would be. You taking control of a site that for many years has been a leader, an educator, and sometimes a shoulder to cry on was all we could hope for.

Me and that whiskey-stealing Domino will continue to be informed, educated and, occasionally laughed at by this wonderful site.

God bless you, your family, and especially your Dad. He IS truly a great man.

Bill and Domino
III

Arkindole said...

You've already made your father proud, judging from his previous posts. You've made him even prouder.

daniel_day said...

Welcome and congratulations on your father entrusting this blog to you. I will be reading. My heart goes out to your father and his loved ones at this time of parting.

Anonymous said...

It will be an honor to continue to read the blog that your father started. Welcome, and G-d speed!

Anonymous said...

Very glad to see this. I'm glad you will continue your father's important work. If there's anything I can do, please ask.

Sean King
Queen Creek, AZ

III More Than Them said...

Big shoes to fill, but you brought your own. You can step into each as is fitting. No, you are not your dad. But you don't need to be. Be you, flavor this thing in your manner, and keep your heart protected.

Anonymous said...

Like father, like son. Hooah.

God bless you, Mike Vanderboegh. God, his angels, and his Christ keep you. Looking forward to meeting you on that Great Day.

Anonymous said...

Reassuring to find this blog active again. I've always looked here for a 'robust' examination of events and situations and the people involved.

Mike led the way forward shining light into dark recesses and exposing liars without hesitation. Seems as though "all the emperors" are naked now. In large part thanks to Mike's work to relay truth and his courageous attacks against petite tyrants wielding bureaucracies against us.

Take stock young Mr. Vanderboegh. Your soldier's instincts are true and your training and experience will serve you and us well. When you falter we are here to assist. The American patriot community is stronger than ever and mostly united behind the III% catechism.

God Bless Mike. History will remember you in many ways. Your works will live on eternally.

Pericles said...

Thank you and God speed to your father and you.

minute-man said...

We're with you...100%. You've got our full support. As you said, you've big shoes to fill. But unless I miss my guess, you will... Just keep God in your heart and your intents pure and you'll be shown the way.

May God bless Mike and keep him safe on his journey to eternal peace.

Nancy - California Patriot said...

Dear “Dutchman6”: I know it's been said many times above, but can never be repeated enough for all of us that have learned from Mike. Thank you for taking this over as it is too much of a treasure to be lost and forgotten. Thank God for a son who wishes to carry on in his father's footsteps and keep his memory alive while also adding new insight from another great patriot. That is the greatest gift you could give your Dad in the final times.

I’ve never had the privilege of meeting Mike, but feel like I know him through his writings. And I’ve passed along his blog to several people – of which I’m SO glad I can continue to do. I don’t know if you both realize the magnitude of the impact of your reaching out to us “regular” folks has produced, but believe me when I say it has been priceless!

Being through losing both of my parents, my sympathies and prayers are with you all for God’s Comfort, Grace and Peace (Shalom style). Please give Mike a hug for me!

Dave said...

It is with great sadness that we accept Mike's stepping out of the picture. It is with great gladness that we welcome another Vanderboegh to the helm. Your father has been a shining light and beacon to guide us across the empty seas these past few years. I am sure you will make him proud. God gives us boatmen to ferry us to shore.

Unknown said...

Glad to hear you're continuing your Father's work Matt. We'll talk soon.

Anonymous said...

Young Matt... thank you for your service, and for your willingness to carry on here. Your father, Rosie, and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Many here will link arms with you and give you strength; as iron sharpens iron.
- Grandpa

Anonymous said...

Glad to see SSI will continue ! Been kinda lost with no posts. My first cup of coffee and reading SSI is how I start my day. Welcome Matt.Hung out with the Dutchman when he was here in Ct. Heard him speak 3 times.Still carry the SSI business card proudly. Mike will be sorely missed! Lost 2 parents to cancer. My prayers are with you and the family. Behind enemy lines ,Ct.

Anonymous said...

This blog has given many people inspiration, good info and hope, myself included. Matt, thank you for taking this duty on.

Mike S said...

Congrats on picking up the mantle, it's unfortunate that it's necessary.
While I never met Mike in person, SSI became one of my daily internet checks and I've felt like I knew him somewhat.
Welcome, and I look forward to reading your blogging!

Mike S.

Unknown said...

I am with you 100%! I have always admired SSI & hope to be a part of the III%.

Dakota said...

I pray that you can grow into your fathers considerable shoes and keep his work alive and growing. I am sure you will have some struggles along the way. You come from good stock so I know you will do your Dad proud.

Good luck
Dakota

Sail Man said...

Godspeed, and God Bless Mike.

Your legacy will continue on through your son.

Your words will continue to resonate.

We're all in this battle together and your star in the heaven will continue to be our guiding light.

wirecutter said...

Sir, you don't know how much pleasure you've given me knowing this site won't go stagnant and that a Man that's as strong willed as your father is taking it over.
I owe your father a great debt for accepting my apology and that debt passes on to you. If I can be of any assistance in any way, please allow me to help.
-Kenny 'Wirecutter' Lane