Is Obama requiring military leaders to agree to fire on US citizens?

According to, renowned author and humanitarian Dr. Jim Garrow made an outrageous statement in the following Facebook post:

I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks. “The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not.” Those who will not are being removed.

ObamaLitmusTest450x285Maybe true, maybe not, but it does bring up an important point about the anti-gun protests. The protesters claim that you don’t need an assault weapon for hunting, but who said that the 2nd Amendment was only about hunters’ rights?  It’s not, it’s about gun rights. The anti-gun crowd held signs stating that only the military should have assault weapons. However, the right of every citizen to protect themselves from tyranny is the main thrust of the 2nd Amendment.

So maybe the story is a conspiracy theory, but that doesn’t mean that the need for citizens to pick up the guns in the face of government corruption never happened in this country. It did, and I am not talking about the British either.

It is time for a history lesson not taught in schools. Have you heard about the Battle of Athens? Not Athens, Greece – Athens, Tennessee. Time wrote an article that appeared in their magazine on Monday, Aug. 12, 1946 called “Tennessee: Battle of the Ballots.” In 1992, Hallmark made a movie about it, “An American Story,” based on the McMinn County War. It was nominated for two 1993 prime time Emmy Awards and one American Society of Cinematographers award.

The Battle of Athens (sometimes called the McMinn County War) was a rebellion led by citizens against the local government in August 1946. At a rally, a GI speaker said, “The principles that we fought for in this past war do not exist in McMinn County. We fought for democracy because we believe in democracy but not the form we live under in this county.”

The returning veterans challenged the entrenched  political machine by fielding their own candidates and working for a fraud-free election. They called themselves the GI Non-Partisan League.

Citizens of McMinn County had long suffered under the political corruption of the Cantrells.  The U.S. Department of Justice had investigated allegations of electoral fraud in 1940, 1942, and 1944, but had not taken action – now there is a surprise.

When polls for the county election opened on Aug. 1, 1946, approximately 200 armed deputies turned out to patrol the precincts. During multiple skirmishes that ensued at the polls, a black man was shot and wounded by a deputy for attempting to vote. When the polls closed, deputies seized ballot boxes and took them to the jail. Veterans responded by arming themselves. Estimates of the number of veterans besieging the jail were as high as 2,000.

The jail was barricaded and guarded by 55 armed deputies. The veterans demanded the ballot boxes, but were refused. They opened fire on the jail and ballots were surrendered to the citizens when the door of the jail was blown open. The recovered ballots certified the election of the five GI Non-Partisan League candidates. The Cantrell political machine was destroyed.

The veterans of McMinn County were not alone. Several of these revolts were reported during this time in multiple states. In fact, the revolt by the populace that followed provoked Eleanor Roosevelt to pen a column:

McMinn: A Warning, by Eleanor Roosevelt

We in the U.S.A., who have long boasted that, in our political life, freedom in the use of the secret ballot made it possible for us to register the will of the people without the use of force, have had a rude awakening as we read of conditions in McMinn County, Tennessee, which brought about the use of force in the recent primary. If a political machine does not allow the people free expression, then freedom-loving people lose their faith in the machinery under which their government functions.

What if Obama really is asking military leaders if they are willing to fire on U.S. citizens? Gun rights are not about hunting.

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  1. abaworlock says:

    They have been anticipating and planing for this for a while. Our government isn’t for the people any more. They are for their own agendas, and there’s no room for our rights.

  2. Ah yes- the “renowned” Jim Garrow. Such a well known author his book was published by the conspiracy theory press of WND. For whom there is no evidence to back up his claims of greatness, instead more questioning of his claims exists.

    And of course one must ask- if such claims of Obamas supposed litmus test were true, why would these honorable men of the military not be coing before the people, the press, congress themselves? Why is the only claim coming from a far right wing individual?

    And how interesting that you fail to mention the fact that during the “battle of athens” that the people in fact largely armed themselves by breaking into the national guard armory?

  3. Great column! I’m ashamed to say I had never heard of the Battle of Athens, Tennessee until today. That is quite the ammunition (pardon the pun) against those who claim we have nothing to fear from our own government.


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