Sam’s been on a lot better terms with me over the years than I have with him. He just didn’t know it.
Maybe I should start at the beginning, huh?
A few years ago, I started doing internet searches for government resistance and was directed to Sipsey Street Irregulars. Now Mike Vanderboegh I come to find out, is the guy that started the III Percenter movement, the undisputed founder. Very cool, there are people that think like I do. So I started reading and as I read, I had questions pop up so I sent Mike my questions. No answer. So I did a few more searches and came up with Kerodin’s blog. I asked him the same questions and boom! I had answers within a day. Hey, this guy is interested in me as an individual! I pretty much quit reading SSI and started reading Sam’s blog. At that point I became aware of the fighting between Sam and Mike. But because I wasn’t reading SSI very much, I wasn’t aware that Sam was the one picking the fights. And that’s where I fucked up – I didn’t do my research and I sided with somebody that I didn’t know very well out of friendship instead of looking at the facts.
Sam started building me up on his blog, started linking to me and mentioning me by name, talking about what a great Patriot Wirecutter is. He don’t know me for shit, but I’m a great Patriot?
But folks were beginning to know my name and some folks even wanted to hear what I had to say. I gotta admit I kind of enjoyed it. Hell, everybody’s got an ego, right?
Some of his writings were good, especially discussions about the Constitution. A lot of his writings said what a lot of us felt. But some of his shit? Pure garbage. I commented on the posts I liked and didn’t mostly on the ones I didn’t like.
The main subjects that he loves to harp on that I didn’t agree on are all cops are the enemy, anybody that’s ever drawn a government check is the enemy and how we need to be “stepping off the porch”.
Everybody knows there are bad cops. I’d even say that bad cops far outnumber good cops. He was screaming one day about the thin blue line that good cops won’t cross so that automatically makes them bad cops. Gee, not 15 minutes earlier I was reading about a hometown cop that was giving testimony against another cop for brutality against a restrained subject. By the way, the defendant was convicted and the testifying officer is now a detective on the same force so there was no harassment.
There’s good cops and there’s bad cops.
I remember one time he was carrying on about anybody and everybody that’s every drawn a government pension check was an FSA (Freedom Sucking American) living off the government teat. I told him Whoa now. My wife worked her ass off for 40 years raising two boys alone without a goddamned cent of welfare money or child support or food stamps and paid into her social security all those years and she’s an FSA because now she’s disabled and collects SSI? He backed off from that one and said something to the effect that we’re just recovering the money that the government previously stolen from us without our permission.
And his constant haranguing us to ‘step off the porch’ and that we’re already in WWIII and the government has fired the first shot. Well, what was stopping you, Sam? Hell, you were living in a target rich environment. What was holding you up? Lead from the front, Sam. Set an example, man. Don’t make somebody else be your martyr.
Over the months I just kept drawing further and further away. Emails were cordial and we linked to each other occasionally but that was about it. Except for the packages. Every few months I’d get a package from Sam, patches and a hat and shit. At one time the entire inside of my safe door was covered with Sam’s patches. Sorry man, patches don’t do a thing for me – I wear two, one on the front and one on the back of my hat. I wear a hat maybe 4 months out of the year.
Then the III Percent Society started up and I got an email from Sam wanting to know if I wanted a position on the board. Aw, man….. I keep telling people I don’t want an important job, that I was a PR nightmare and he wants me to do this? I don’t even read his blog but once a week or so. No, I did not want to do this. I had my hands full here with finances, caring for my wife, working, and every other thing life could think of to throw at me.
But he talked me into taking a position as a Senior Policy Adviser, whatever that fuck that is. I set up my super secret squirrel email account and we commenced to III Percenting. There were the usual problems with any new organization but damn, El Presidente went from friendly Sam Kerodin to King Kerodin real damned quick. The dude was a tyrant to work for. He even went so far as to pretty much order us that had blogs or websites to do a post on the IIIPS every couple of days. Excuse me? You’re going to tell me how to run my site?
And then the Paul Lemmon thing where he was trying to install a convicted con man and Stolen Valor piece of shit into the position of III Chaplain. His entire board rebelled against him over that and he was still fucking arguing about it. He finally backed down, but I got a feeling that’s when he realized he may have fucked up when he picked his board members.
I think I was the third one to quit. I cited my wife’s health reasons which wasn’t untrue but it sure was convenient.
Three more board members quit shortly afterwards.
Emails cooled off considerably after that. Every once in a while he’d shoot me one asking if things were all right. Sure, we’re fine, the usual problem’s with Miss Lisa’s back blah blah blah.
Then one day my personal email address was included in a string about all of us that ran blogs should run a color coded stripe across the top of our blogs to indicate the threat level to Patriots. I catch up on the string, see where one guy mentioned something about developing the IIIPS political wing. Political wing? These guys are screaming on one hand that it’s too late to vote our way out of this and on the other they want to set up a political wing? I replied to all that you can leave politics out of my III Percentin’, thank you very much and I left for work.
After I got home, they had moved on to a different subject but I brought ’em back to it and told them that bullshit smacked of the NLF, IRA, UDF, PLO, and every other terrorist group I could think of. A political arm in a paramilitary organization is never a good thing.
It went back and forth for a couple of exchanges and I finally told them to kiss my ass, I was done with organized religion and resistance and left.
Then I get an email from Sam asking if I had a problem with the III and that I had come down pretty hard on the guys. Sam was cordial, I wasn’t.
“By the III I’m assuming you meant the IIIPS? Uh, yeah. I’ve had issues with it since it’s birth. The concept of it was great with a bunch of Patriots wanting to stay connected and ready to respond, but it turned into Kerodin’s Kingdom real quick.
The only problem was that for your board you picked a bunch of folks that had a strong sense of Right and Wrong. No yes people in the bunch. Each and every one of us was in it because of our commitment to Liberty, not your ego.
I’ve served on the boards of 2 non-profits and one county organization board. I know how it’s run. Everything is brought up before the board for discussion and put to a vote. The president or Executive Director does not give the organization’s board orders. Yet that what was being done, making decisions without the board’s approval. Remember this email?
No worries on the Society. I’m going to hold off on Dave for now – I originally suggested you be an immediate Director and there was pushback from one asshole – so I just did an end-around and after you accepted, announced to the world you’d accepted SPA. ;) Take care of your wife, if I can do anything, let me know. I have no idea if you signed up as a member, want me to cancel/refund if so? I know money gets super-tight.
That ‘asshole’ may have had some very legitimate concerns as to why I shouldn’t be in that position. And if you recall, you had to talk me into accepting it. And this was before it even got off the ground.
But in just a few short months you manage to flat out piss off two outstanding trainers with an end run around them, your treasurer when you wouldn’t let her see the finances(?), another outstanding Patriot in the midwest and me. And let’s not forget Jim. You pissed off your armorer, your bread and butter. Still haven’t found a replacement for him yet, have you?
And then came the coup de grace for me – that flowery letter that you sent out when Jim walked away. I’m not a founding member so I didn’t get one from you, but I damned sure got copies from folks that were, all with pretty much the same comment “Can you believe this shit?” What, you didn’t think we communicated with each other? We did before the IIIPS was founded and we still do.
You lied to your investors and financiers. If you lied to them, you’ll lie to me and in my world a man’s Word is everything.
I quit reading your blog just about the time you started advocating that any and all employees of the government were the enemy and therefore legitimate targets. Really? Mrs. Jones who works in the cafeteria at the federal building is a target? That’s terrorism Sam, and I won’t be party to that, nor will I support anybody or any organizations that endorse that.
Now, my grievances are just that – mine. I have not made them public, I’m not Firestone. I’d suggest you do the same.
No need to respond.
So there it is. That was the end of it all on May 9th. Me not supporting Sam and endorsing everything he says started long before that.
And why did I decide to make them public? I originally held off for a reason. I didn’t want to “disrupt the community”. But after a while the I came to realize the community I would disrupting would be Kerodin’s Kingdom and to be honest, I feel he’s hurt a lot of good Patriots. He doesn’t care about them, why should I worry about breaking up his little circle.
I actually thought the fallout on me from you on that post I did was going to be bad, but I was very, very surprised at not only the amount of support you showed me but at the lack of support shown to Sam. Maybe his organization isn’t as big as he would like to make it out to be.
Oh shit, I almost forgot – as good as it was to get that shit said, the best thing was when
one reader two readers cancelled his their membership and reoccurring monthly dues payment to the IIIPS and set it up to send me the money instead. That was sweet.