August 10, 2016

RIP Mike Vanderboegh

Sipsey Street Irregulars: A Patriot has passed on today
The Kansas City Star: Longtime militia and Patriot leader Mike Vanderboegh dies at 64

His passing will not garner massive headlines in newspapers across the country. It won't be mentioned on the network and cable news programs. Like many of the greatest men of the past century, his passing will not even merit a footnote in future histories of the decline and fall of the United States of America. I owe him a great debt that can never be repaid and I've never even met the man. You owe him an even greater debt. Unless you are one of the few who recognize his name, you don't even realize the debt you carry.

I started this blog back in 2003. The Twin Towers had been destroyed, America had invaded both Afghanistan and Iraq. Al Qaeda had passed from an unknown group of disgruntled Saudi nationals into the most feared terror organization in the world. Those were difficult days, and things have only gotten worse.

A short time after I started writing this blog, Blogger added the strip at the top of the page that with a simple click allows anyone to explore the tens of thousands of blogs carried on their servers. One of the first blogs I landed on was an obscure firearms blog called, "Sipsey Street Irregulars" that featured a serialized novel about the collapse of the American nation and the rise of patriot militias. The novel itself never really caught my interest, but the politics and opinion pieces the blogger wrote in between chapters of his novel fascinated me and started me on a research path that continues to this day. I have never been one to adopt wholesale the opinions of another person, so naturally I did not become one of Mike Vanderboegh's sometimes sycophantic "Three Percenters", but I did travel further down the paths he pointed out to see what I could find on my own.

In the end, that was Mike Vanderboegh's greatest contribution in the war to return America to the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. He did not demand, belittle, or begrudge. He pointed out the path and left it up to each reader to determine how far down it they went and where it took them. Neither conspiracy believer nor pure academic, he had instead a powerful strategic mind that could foresee the long term consequences of short term compromises. He never assumed. He researched and postulated.

I, for one, will miss his razor wit and his clear-minded analysis. Too few in the Second Amendment advocacy movement understand the full consequences of their actions, leading them into areas and behaviors Mike Vanderboegh routinely railed against. The fact that we have not yet had an incident of mass casualties between federal law enforcement and radical Second Amendment advocates can be placed squarely at his feet. He cast an aura of caution and reason over the movement that other leaders are sadly lacking. It is difficult to predict how the movement will fare now that his unifying and calming presence are removed from the scene.

Rest in peace, Mike Vanderboegh. You've earned it and more. If St. Peter gives you any gruff at Heaven's Gate, just refer him to me and I'll be happy to vouch for you.