Responding to last week’s blog which shed light on Representative Glen Bradley (R-Franklin) palling around with Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, Bradley responded by calling me a “wingnut blogger,” which I take very seriously, I assure you, especially since he did so on Facebook. He also cited the infamous failure of a presidential candidate Barry Goldwater to back up his associations.
What is worth taking seriously however, is Bradley’s status as a “founding member of the Oath Keepers” according to his campaign website. He also posts a video interview he gave to Jeff Lewis, a North Carolina-based activist who represents both the Patriot Coalition and Fire Coalition to members of the state legislature. In the interview, Jeff Lewis is wearing his Patriot Coalition hat, metaphorically speaking. He has though, as recently as last month, represented the Fire Coalition in official functions. He chides the political re-purposing of the defense authorization bill, with a particular lament over the death of the Secure Fence Act. Bradley nods along. Lewis easily switches hats between anti-government and anti-immigrant.
Lewis even explains that he gave Bradley the NDAA resolution. He asks Bradley about “our resolution” (meaning the Patriot Coalition) and Bradley says that it is his intention to introduce it. That Patriot Coalition-drafted legislation became H 983 in the state legislature. That bill, not to forget, also shares the support of many of the state’s leading anti-immigrant voices, no doubt who have also made contact with Lewis.
This Oath Keeper legislator pursues such important policy initiatives as alternative currency, raw milk, legalizing the sale of ungraded eggs, and UN conspiracies to take away your private property rights disguised as environmental regulations. On the eggs bill, with him as always is Garth/Larry Pittman, an appointed representative who also supported Bradley’s push for NDAA nullification and opposition to Agenda 21. Pittman made himself famous by asserting that abortion providers should be publicly hanged. While the policy mix might seem laughably ridiculous, the Oath Keeper suggestion that armed resistance against the government will be necessary sometime soon is not.
Bradley might be positioning himself to be NC’s leading anti-government crusader. How did the Oath Keepers get this far?