Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Poseurs and provocateurs. Any stupid ass can call himself a Three Percenter, the proof is in the practice of principle.

"I'd like to be the King of all Londinium and wear a shiny hat." ― Malcolm Reynolds
I awoke this morning to an emailed link indicating that I now have something called "a filmography." It seems I'm getting credit for playing myself in Retro Report's documentary on the undying controversy over Waco. Now, that plus a dollar is insufficient to buy you a cup of coffee at Starbucks, so it is important to have a sense of perspective on such things. I pull my britches on one leg at a time like everyone else, and no amount of notoriety in a civilization on the verge of collapse will be recognized after its bloody fall. In the end, history will be amnesiac on the subject of Mike Vanderboegh. Who, today, remembers those individual Romans who tried to hold back the imperial rotting disease that lead to barbarian slaughter and subjugation -- to the destruction of their entire world? No one.
Yet, as I told someone in the room that day who commented that my statement to the Birmingham City Council was doomed to failure, "God does not command us to succeed. He does command us to stand."
But it is important to remember just what it is we claim to stand for. I have been clear about this in the "Three Percent Catechism: A discipline not for the faint-hearted."
These four principles -- moral strength, physical readiness, no first use of force and no targeting of innocents -- are the hallmarks of the Three Percent ideal. Anyone who cannot accept them as a self-imposed discipline in the fight to restore the Founders' Republic should find something else to do and cease calling themselves a "Three Percenter."
Yet there are apparently many people who have adopted the moniker of Three Percenter, for whatever reason, but who wouldn't recognize these principles if they came up and bit them in the ass.
This was brought home to me once again on Monday when I received a distressed phone call from one of my old 1st Alabama Cavalry militia leaders from the 90s who had been to something advertised as a Three Percent meet and greet. The organizer of this event was the proclaimed and newly minted "President" of the Alabama Three Percent, one Phil Ingram. By his own statement, Mr. Ingram's claim to command of the Alabama Three Percent traces to his "appointment" to said post by one Robert Trask of Kentucky.
This sort of empty "empire building" was one thing that made the 90s so problematic for the constitutional militia movement, and why I deliberately formulated the Three Percent idea as a movement, an idea, a philosophy and a discipline BUT NOT AN ORGANIZATION. Attempts at large regional, state or national organizations, anything beyond local formations, are subject to infiltration, dysfunction, discredit and collapse. Anyone who tells you different is selling something.
But mere empire building in this case would be unremarkable were it not for the very slender reed that Mr. Trask has, by Mr. Ingram's own claim, chosen to support the concept of the Three Percent in Alabama. By all accounts, Mr. Ingram arrived at the venue swilling beer as he unassed his vehicle and later graduated to joints. A few cursory questions revealed that said Mr. Ingram had never heard of me (which is certainly no sin) nor had he heard of, or internalized, the principles of the Three Percent (which is).
As Malcolm Reynolds observed, you may wish to be the King of Londinium and wear a shiny hat, but that does not make it so. So whenever someone comes up to you and claims to be a Three Percenter -- especially when he or she pretends to be a leader of Three Percenters -- a close eye upon their actions and a few simple questions from the Three Percent Catechism ought to determine whether they are persons of principle or poseurs and/or provocateurs.
Either Mr. Ingram or Mr. Trask, the putative kingmaker in this disaster-in-waiting, may contact me to dispute this account.


Greatgeezer said...

This guy is one of two things, maybe both. He is most certainly a fast buck artist, and most likely a federal informant. The beauty of the 3 percenter movement, is the decentralization of people, cells and units. This guy not only misses that point entirely, but puts a face on those he has duped into joining him. Hopefully he will be seen for what I suspect he is, before any damage is done.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this as it lead me to the original Catechism. I had not seen that before nor the primary principles. Good stuff indeed. This should be printed and distributed if possible. Hell even just the main points.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like this guy is a plant/Fed/AP of some sort.

Seems like the beginning stages of a dragnet to ensnare newbies to the movement and prey upon their naivete. Be careful.

"Don't follow leaders and watch your parking meters." Bob Dylan

Robert Trask said...

You men watch to much TV I've been 3% I'm a leader in Kentucky born Alabama offered to hel try to grow the group my number is 502-706-1632 why don't you be men and come to a man instead of posting bullshit you don't know anything about there's my number

Anonymous said...

Let us not forget Kerodin and his III Percent Society? The Master of all things III?

Anonymous said...

I've read your Catechism before. Define or state who is "innocent", please.

Anonymous said...

Mal: And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling. So why don't we just ignore each other till we go away?

There is another one for the illustrious Mr. Trask. Prolly too old to blame it on common core. These things do happen from time to time, I suppose.

Anonymous said...

@ Robert Trask . . . Wow! Just . . . wow! You leave a comment like that and expect anybody to take you seriously?