I first heard about it in a crowing email from a LaRouchie some days ago. Apparently he had an "in" on the OK board. I rather suspect that the board may have been stampeded by the LaRouchie assault on me. Time will tell. However, I didn't believe it then and asked for confirmation from OK. After some delay, it was confirmed.
A few points bear repeating.
First, the Restore the Constitution rally is not "my" event. I am not the "organizer." To say so, as others have, is a bald-faced lie (a lot of that going around these days). When asked by Daniel Almond I agreed to speak at the rally.
Second, I am not a member of Oath Keepers (despite other bald-faced lies to the contrary). Oath Keepers is not a militia. Oath Keepers is not, strictly speaking, an advocate of the concept of the Three Percent. Oath Keepers has its own mission. If it believes it is consistent with that mission to withdraw from previously-promised participation in the RTC rally, it is well within its rights to do so and I will have no comment upon that until after the rally. Of course, it is also well within the rights of OK membership to judge after 19 April whether it was a wise and principled decision. I rather suspect that whether Stewart Rhodes speaks or not will be immaterial to the many Oath Keepers who will still attend regardless of the brouhaha.
Third, the LaRouchies are specialists in division and promoting factionalism. They've been doing so for nigh onto fifty years now. It is what they do and who they are. It is no shame that many have not heard of these sidewalk-crack excrescences. Only those experienced with the various collectivisms have had any reason to pay attention to this cult of personality of lying loons. But they only gain their victory if we dance to their lying tune.
Thus, I will not be sucked into playing the LaRouchies' game with Oath Keepers. And, I would recommend, neither should you. Words said now in heat will not be able to be retracted later on. And anything you have to say now will not lack potency if held onto for a later time. A fellow I respect wrote this to me this morning:
If (my dad) was still around, he would say that the enemy is very wily and skilled at dividing us, and he would be able to sort out the different missions of OK and SSI/WRSA. They (the enemy) didn't cause this, but you know they will take advantage of it. We fight a perception war if nothing else. This is giving the enemy a full magazine.
So, let's recap shall we? I am not the organizer of the event, merely a speaker. Daniel Almond is the principal organizer. I suggest that anyone who has any questions about the rally contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reports I have received indicate that the coordination with the US Park Police is excellent and proceeding on track. This will not be the bloody confrontation that our enemies -- and some of our erstwhile "friends" (see my post elsewhere on Walter Reddy) -- have been claiming.
It is within OK's right to withdraw. History and their membership shall judge if this was correct, but I, for now, will not because it would play into the LaRouchies' (and our other more serious enemy's) lying hands.
I'm sure it is cold comfort to Daniel, Tom and the other organizers of this rally that they must be over the target because the flak is intense. But all that means is that we stay on course and complete the mission. Nothing else matters.