From Kevin, in its entirety:
First, I would like to list some of my qualification to address you: My name is Kevin Patrick, I attended the first Restore the Constitution March in April 2010, I was one of the Marshals. I did so during my candidacy for the WV House, not because it was politic, but because it was right. I was WV’s Delegate to the Continental Congress 2009. I am one of the Three Percent. There might be more of interest to you, and you can see my webpage’s biography if that interests you; but that is not the reason I write to you today. I write you because I see a problem, and I hope to cause you to think on it, nothing more. Now, on to the meat of the issue:
Friends and Patriots,
I have a couple memories from childhood of my grandfather saying to me, “Son, we need to have us a little heart-to-heart.” These few conversations, not too many, were used to point out where I had done something either wrong, or just not ‘up to snuff.’ We, the Patriot/Liberty Movement need to have us a little heart-to-heart.
You probably know about the Irish Family and what they are going through in New Hampshire with CPS. If you do not, here is the briefest of catch-ups. 16-hour old Baby Cheyenne was taken by CPS from the hospital with allegations of previous domestic abuse, and that the father was associated with the Oath Keepers and owned a rifle, a handgun, and a taser. More recent developments suggest that this newborn has been the victim of some abuse at the hands of the foster family; the abuse may have been sexual in nature. The Sheriff has taken over the investigation; and we are waiting on more information as it becomes available.
This is where we stand. Today, at noon, a protest is being held in Dover NH. More on this later.
Now we get to our little heart-to-heart. I have heard some things from people saying that the Irishs are not ‘upstanding citizens’ that they have previous problems, and the basic point is that they are not “good enough” for our help. I’ve heard this on radio, on the internet, and from people I’ve spoken with.
I’m ashamed to call them my countrymen.
I read somewhere that “All men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…” Not, ‘some men whom we like or approve of;’ but “ALL MEN.” I suspect you know the famous quote from WWII attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller, ‘First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist…’ the end result being that when it came time for someone to speak up for him, there was no one left to do so.
We recently saw another iteration of this idea, which I will paraphrase, “First they came for the militia members, but I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a militia member; then they came for the three-percenters, and then the Oath Keepers. But when the came for me…”
It doesn’t matter not one lick if Mr. Irish and his family are not the very best of what humanity has to offer, it doesn’t matter if they are.
Surely, if this network, this movement, had been put together before the atrocities at Ruby Ridge and Waco, the same people would be saying, “No, this man used to be a racial-collectivist; and that Koresh guy is some weird kind of Mormon…” They would have had us sit on our hands then.
I expect that they probably would have urged retreat on April 19th, 1775; and told us to calmly hand over our powder and ball to the Redcoats.
Let me tell you another story from that time. Early in the morning on the 19th, a young man called Jonathan Harrington was woken by the cries of his mother. She was saying, “Jonathan, Jonathan, wake up! The Regulars are about, and something must be done!” She then handed this boy a rifle; as both she and he knew what it was that must be done. This young man had never seen war, he was not a veteran, barely even an adult. However, he took his place on Lexington Green, he mustered.
Now, let us remember, that mothers loved their sons as fiercely in 1775 as they do in 2010; but the Harringtons were called to a higher sort of love and duty than most of us know.
Mr. Harrington was hit in the first volley fired by the British Regulars, he crawled, his life blood spilling on the ground, to his doorstep, where he died at the feet of the wife to whom he had been married for less than a year.
This young man, this hero, did not over-think on the historical implication of his actions. He didn’t measure this marching of the Regulars at four in the morning to the powder alarms and the Boston Massacre. He did what he knew to be right. He mustered at the Commons; and he paid the price of his convictions; for which we should all say ‘thank you.’
What I see happening in the Liberty Movement and the Patriot Movement is men who seem to think they they are called on to be historical figures. In a way, we all are. We might not be George Washingtons, Jonathan Harringtons, Thomas Jeffersons, or Thomas Paines. We might serve some smaller, but equally important part; or we may not serve at all. We might be called to stand and be counted, or have a needed supply when he who needs it most asks for it. We might be called to be a voice in the darkness, to put our own skin on the line even before the fighting begins; we might live in Alabama, Georgia, New Mexico, New York, or Michigan.
If you are called to be in NH today, if you choose to leave your home and travel one-thousand miles to stand beside a man (not a perfect one, but a man nonetheless) because his daughter was taken by force by the state; then please do so.
But do not look to have a statue corrected of your exploits during the Reconstruction; true patriots and heroes never think of such things. Do not expect to have your words documented for posterity. If you are called and choose to go, then just go.
History looks back and says, “Ah ha! Here was the tipping the point! Here is where things changed forever.” But very rarely do the men and women of the day know that such a moment is taking place. Do not look for those times, do not seek to make those moments. Do as you are called. Do as you choose. Do what is right.
If the rights of one of us are threatened, so too are the rights of all of us.
As Bob Wright said, “The Constitution will be restored, the only question is, ‘how rough do we have to get?'”
Such a time will come, but do not hasten it.
I would humbly instruct you, if you would allow, in the same way as did Captain Parker to his militiamen on April 19th, 1775: “Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”
Keep well, my brother and sisters. Work hard, prepare, be watchful. Stand by your brothers if they are threatened. Be the Men you were born to be.
— Kevin Patrick, West Virginia