There have been a lot of questions lately in regard to the term “Three Percenter”. The term comes up every once in a while, especially when perceived injustices are committed by the federal government. But why? What is a Three Percenter?
In October of 2009, the Anti-Defamation League, an organization who claims that they are “the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency”, that “fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all,” called out Three Percenters as a “Growing Anti-Government Movement”.
Let me stop right there and point out the hypocrisy of their statement. Bigotry is having or revealing an obstinate belief in the superiority of one’s own opinions and a prejudiced intolerance of the opinions of others. So basically, the ADL, a group that fights bigotry in “all forms” comes out with an obstinate, intolerant and prejudiced opinion (not to mention un-researched) about the Three Percenters? Good job guys!
Their statement and the other statements of similar tone are absurd. Groups like the Anti-defamation League try to sell people that Three Percenters are an anti-government extremist movement because they fear what they do not understand. They have also said that it is a movement about guns or that it revolves around racism due to the presidency of Barack Obama. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, not only are these claims absurd, childish, ignorant, and irresponsible, they clearly demonstrate where groups like the ADL stand in regard to REAL constitutional values. Is it about guns? If you talking about the Bill of Rights, then sure. Is it about race or Obama? No. Three Percenters (for the most part) do not delineate the pro’s or con’s of one “evil” over another and there are many races that comprise the Three Percenter movement.
Are there extremist Three Percenters? Perhaps, but none that are actually known. After all, they are not going around shooting up businesses or schools. Most reports by the media demonstrate their willingness to protect such places. True, in any group, you will find an extremist or two. Much how like the bulk of the mass shootings we have experienced in the last few years were carried out by extremist liberals. Does this mean that all liberals are extremists and we should ban the Democrat party? Of course not, and we shouldn’t blame the ADL for those actions either.
Most people who are bold enough to claim to be Three Percenters have a fairly strong handle on history and the context with which it brings. For the most part, they are responsible, freedom-loving Americans. They are family-oriented. They care because they want our nation to last, not fall. Quite a few are also highly educated or have some kind of foundation that allows them the appropriate context necessary to align themselves with such ideals. But anti-government? Racist? That doesn’t make much sense!
If anything, Three Percenters are very much pro – government-that-adheres-to-constitutionally-authorized-functions. This basically defines equality, unalienable rights, and civil liberties. They are not hotheads seeking a fight. Three Percenters are about restoring Popular Sovereignty, Limited Government, Separation of Powers, Checks and Balances, Judicial Review, and even Constitutionally aligned Federalism – a system of government where sovereignty is constitutionally divided between a central governing authority and constituent political units (such as states or provinces), but where states hold the power as defined under the 10th Amendment. You know… like the Constitution says it’s supposed to be.
As most intellectuals will clearly see, claims by organizations such ADL are downright false. But the ADL is not alone in this idea. News organizations have also put themselves in the same boat of ignorance as well. In December of 2009, the Examiner stated that Three Percenters were a group that needed to be “put in check”, likening the entire idea to a “gang”, while also saying that “state sovereignty” is code-speak for the secessionist movement.
I liken these statements to extreme ignorance AND/OR blatant lies that are spread by those who simply oppose our constitutional foundation. Three Percenters are not a gang, there is no leadership to speak of and no meetings per se. There is no sinister plot and the whole idea is actually derived out of love of country. Sounds terrible right? This is where they draw their strength. Much like the Constitution itself, it is the idea that makes it powerful, and because of this power, those on the opposite side of the fence are not only threatened by it, but they fear it greatly.
Let me also take a moment to blast Jeff Musall (the writer of the Examiner Article in question) and say that if you really think that the phrase “state sovereignty” is code-speak for the secessionist movement, you are in dire need of a dictionary. Let me clear this up for the record. A sovereign state is a nonphysical juridical entity of the international legal system that is represented by a centralized government that has supreme independent authority over a geographic area. In our Constitutional system… which is a Federal system… (where SOVEREIGNTY is CONSTITUTIONALLY divided between a central governing authority and constituent political units such as STATES) this merely solidifies the 10th Amendment and the Bill of Rights as a whole. Three Percenters want to solidify the 10th, along with the 1st through 9th. To suggest otherwise demonstrates either a lack of historical understanding or an inability to either read or comprehend words. Furthermore, anyone claiming to be a Three Percenter who would suggest or represent something different than what has been stated here is clearly not a Three Percenter.
So where does the name come from? First, try to understand that Three Percenters are basically those who are willing to fight for what’s right in regard to the founding principles. Most are prior servicemen and women (IE: Defenders of the Constitution). The name itself is actually based on a statistic that derives itself out of the 80/20 rule. Three Percent (which was more than likely 4%) of the colonists actually stood up to fight against the King of England, with another 16% supporting the 4% who were fighting. So 4% is actually 20% of the original 20%, of which the opposing 80% were either loyalists or the people caught in the middle who didn’t really know what was going on or refused to get involved.
Three Percent/Four Percent – The missing percent is lost in a mathematical conundrum and entirely irrelevant. The point is that it represents the people who are willing to stand up in defense of the Constitution against any enemy and when everyone else is afraid to do it or simply will not.
And yes… most people are afraid. A great man once wrote that mankind is more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. I hope this sounds familiar; it comes from the Declaration of Independence.
Three Percenters hold their allegiance to the founding principles and the founding documents – not some modern-day politician. This is why you will find Three Percenters spread throughout groups such as the Oath Keepers, the militias, the military, law enforcement, and so on. This is also why you will find numerous websites or social media groups offering fellowship… not membership.
Understand that there has always been an effort to belittle and marginalize these ideas by those who oppose Constitutional liberty and the Founding Fathers. People who oppose these ideas are generally liberal extremists. The claims they spew in their attempt to scare and smear are highly contorted, to say the least. These are the people who fear (and probably should) Three Percenters because it will be Three Percenters they face when everyone else refuses to stand up against them.
Three Percenters are not something any real Constitution loving American should ever fear. It would be safe to say that anyone who opposes or fears people who fancy themselves as Three Percenters are either currently violating some kind of constitutional mandate, supporting those who do or oppose the constitution altogether. If this were not the case, then why would they fear or attempt to smear such ideas and efforts?
Ask yourself the following questions. Are you committed to restoring the Founders’ Republic (Article 4 Section 4)? Do you support the Bill of Rights? Have you sworn an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic (willing to fight, die and, if forced by any would-be oppressor, to kill in the defense of yourself and the Constitution)? If you said yes to any of these questions, then you MIGHT be a Three Percenter. (Find out for sure here.)
Let me leave you with something to ponder. Thomas Paine wrote “Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.” – Read that a few times and think about that.