While watching the Movie “The Postman” a little while back, I realized that there are a few in the patriot/liberty/preparedness community that honestly think they will be the “General Bethlehems” of their area when the country becomes TEOTWAWKISTAN. Do you know the type. The former “Copier machine salesman” with delusions of his own leadership and strategic and tactical competence. They have an ego that causes the owner to habitually lie to make himself look more important, and/or capable in the eyes of his followers.
They will make claims that cannot be backed up with facts, and if pressed on the issue, it will be turned around and called harassment, or worse The person/people asking the questions will be told they aren’t really patriots and/or liberty minded (enemies of liberty even), and more than likely are working for the opposition. They are the type that will use inciting rhetoric to anger the emotional, reactionary followers into action, and all the while they will sit on their porch, watching their acolytes do his bidding without even having to lifting a finger.
Are these types dangerous? Yes and no. Yes, because there are enough morons (AKA “followers”) out there looking for someone, anyone to follow, and when a guy who appears to be a leader and gives them the excuse they need, they will go for it. This has been proven throughout history, and just two examples would be Hitler and Jim Jones. One group went on a rampage, while the other killed themselves. After the Collapse, there will be many people looking for an answer or just protection. They will be looking for that leader with the answer or protection, whether that answer is something like “First we kill all the muslims”, or “They must me taken out because they are enemies of liberty.” or they are just trying to “earn” the protection of that leader.
Will the followers ask “Why”? More than likely not, because they are just happy to have a “home” and the protection it provides, just like gang bangers in Chicago or Detroit don’t ask “why?” when told to do something. They will do it because they can’t afford the alternative. Those types of “leaders” know they only way to hold a group like that together is through a brutal show of force towards those that don’t follow orders, and there is just as much tension inside a group like that as anything outside of it. Besides, all this “leader” needs to do is convince a few hard men without a conscience of what they can do if they follow his plan, he can be running a “Kingdom” in no time. He can do his “work” (follow the plan) with impunity, simply because he has real men to back his nefarious play (good character is not required to be a hard ass killer).
What do you look for that point to someone being a possible future “General Bethlehem”?
1.Do they have a rhetoric (a plan) that appears to be hard line, but when you look closer, it is just that, rhetoric, with no realistic substance (but it sounds great)?
2.Does the “impressive” background of the “General” sound too good to be true, and there is no facts to back up his claims, and all you actually know is he was “A copy machine salesman”. They truly believe they are the “chosen ones” you just haven’t seen it yet.
3.Does the “General” need your monetary or donations support?
4.Does the “General” have a few “Followers” that seem willing to do anything he wants?
5. Does the “General” tell you that you will be his “Officers” if you just follow his plan?
6. Does the “General” direct accusations towards those that are giving him problems?
7. Does the “General” always talk about being ready to “Jump off the porch.” into a war, when he is actually clueless (except for being “well read”) about what a “war” really is?
8. Does the “General” act like he was destined to be a warrior, but has just not been given his “chance”…..yet?
9. Does the “General” give unrealistic martial advice, and act as if he was the recipient of this wisdom from experience and years of training?
10. Does the “General” talk about “real world” situations he experienced, but just sounds like a “Spy novel” wannabe, and no one takes him seriously?
Hopefully, if you know a “General Bethlehem” out there you will spread the word about why and how a piss-ant like that can become dangerous, and keep those that are truly wanting to restore actual freedom and liberty, (not the “General’s” version) out of his “I need followers” crosshairs. Make the “General Bethlehems” irrelevant. In the end, for them it is just about money or ego.
American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE
“Sam Kerodin, III Percent Society”