FO Podcast Episode 051 – Liberty Thought Leader Round Table #2 – Forward Observer Shop

FO Podcast Episode 051 – Liberty Thought Leader Round Table #2

In this week’s episode, I hold a round table discussion with some of the leading thinkers in our movement.  They are listed below:


Matthew Bracken – Former Navy SEAL –

Concerned American – Western Rifle Shooters Association –

Stewart Rhodes – Oathkeepers –

David Codrea – 2nd Amendment Blogger & Journalist –













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Mike Shelby is a former military intelligence NCO and contract intelligence analyst. He spent three years in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now the intelligence and warfare researcher at Forward Observer.


  1. I agree with all that is said. I believe that the “BASIC” parts of the discussion deserve and require continuous repeating. 1) Because those of us who listen to a pod cast like this are of one mind and tend to be “individuals” not “team players” we need to fix that. 2) Understanding that the “fight” has just begun and now the real vigilance and determination needs to be addressed. 3) Every, apparently, small factor/fact needs to be addressed is very important. 4) We are too fragmented and lack some sort of “LEADERSHIP” which the automatons of the Left seem to have due to the fact that they are ready made “followers”. The dissemination of a podcast such as this is most essential. 5) There is NO insignificant involvement in local “politics”/groups (1st responders, fire dept, the Community in general but care must be taken to be sure what one is supporting. Thanks to all of you for this podcast and I hope you plan on doing more as the situation starts to shift, should it do so. I believe the “Donald” (not my first choice but, likely the best) seems tenuous at the moment but as a good Business man he has managed to see to it there is little that “nails his feet to the ground”, likely a good tactical move. The true test is after the Inauguration. My biggest fear is attempt(s) on his life. He has the potential to be a “sea change”.

  2. Great roundtable discussion! Will pass this on responsibly. I agree we bought a little time with Trump, Thank God!

  3. Mr. Culper,
    Thanks again for all you do for the love of Liberty.
    I have two comments.
    1) Why isn’t KrisAnne Hall on the round table?
    2) Plugging into an active, engaged, and legitimate group of Liberty lovers is one of the most difficult tasks I’ve encountered over the last few years. I’ve yet to give up, but I have to say, I’m discouraged at that effort, and am close to resigning to fighting the fight completely alone. Any words of real encouragement or advice would be appreciated.
    Southern Oregon

  4. Our problems will never be solved until the most obvious problem is solved. Why are we in violation of our constitution by letting a private bank print our money, in combination with eliminating the gold standard. We will always be in debt to this private bank with a government name. (Federal Reserve bank) until this is fixed the powers that be will always have something to hide & they will continue to corrupt politicians for there own gain!

  5. Excellent podcast, and much was covered that is important.

    Thomas Jefferson: “Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.”

    James Madison: “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”

    First, the courts are not constitutionally assigned to “interpret” the US Constitution.

    Article 3, Section 2: “The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority;–to all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls;–to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction;–to controversies to which the United States shall be a party;–to controversies between two or more states;–between a state and citizens of another state;–between citizens of different states;–between citizens of the same state claiming lands under grants of different states, and between a state, or the citizens thereof, and foreign states, citizens or subjects.

    In all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and those in which a state shall be party, the Supreme Court shall have original jurisdiction. In all the other cases before mentioned, the Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the Congress shall make.”

    James Madison: “But it is objected, that the judicial authority is to be regarded as the sole expositor of the Constitution in the last resort;… ”

    Thomas Jefferson: “…To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men and not more so. They have with others the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps… The Constitution has erected no such tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruption of time and party, its members would become despots….”

    This, today gentlemen, is where we are… “ruled by, instead of having them work for us…

    Thomas Jefferson: “If the federal government is allowed to hold a monopoly on determining the extent of its own powers, we have no right to be surprised when it keeps discovering new ones.”

    This is where we should be…

    Alexander Hamilton: “Every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.”

    What does this mean? The Preamble to the Bill of Rights makes clear that those are limitations placed upon those who serve within our governments – elected, hired, contracted, etc. Basically those who created the document, and/or were agreeing to it did not trust that those who serve within our government could actually be trusted so set up roadblocks, some written and some alluded to such as Amendment 9, were those natural rights of the people were to still be PROTECTED by those that serve within our governments even though not listed.

    Preamble to the Bill of Rights: “Congress OF THE United States begun and held at the City of New York, on Wednesday the Fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

    THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution.”

    Consider why the people of the states wanted these first ten Amendments, they were to prevent misconstruction or abuse of those powers delegated to the branches and to the named offices within branches by those serving within the federal government. Considering that it was/is not the the States of the Union, nor the counties; nor any Foreign nations that could misuse those delegated powers it was/is only those that serve within the federal government who could/can do so.

    Basically the Bill of Rights is very clear in the Amendments, particularly the 2nd.

    Constitution of the United States of America, Second Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    Version sent from the House of Representatives to the Senate Aug 14, 1888: “A well regulated Militia, being composed of the body of the people being the best security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed;” “Free State” in the language of the times referred to a free country; not to any governmental entity, but to the people themselves.”

    When it says “shall not be infringed” it means that those who serve within our governments – state and federal – are required to PROTECT the natural rights of the people, including the second. Why? Because that was NOT an authority delegated to any government, but was retained by the people.

    So who is gun control placed upon? Read the US Constitution and see that it requires that those who serve within our governments use the people, armed and trained as the military is trained, the Militia, to:
    — Enforce the US Constitution (supreme LAW) and each state’s Constitution (highest LAW of the state),
    — Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
    — Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
    — “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.

    Gun control is placed upon those who serve within our governments by that requirement. Remember that it is in writing that there is to be NO permanent military, only the Militia until and unless a military is needed, and they are taken from the ranks of the Militias. That was so that a military – be it one that is called “law enforcement” domestically – is forbidden, except for sheriffs.

    This is what we should be doing IF we are working to bring our nation back into freedom and the future that our ancestors paid so high a price for us to have, if we are to keep our Oaths.

    Daniel Webster: “We may be tossed upon an ocean where we can see no land – nor, perhaps, the sun or stars. But there is a chart and a compass for us to study, to consult, and to obey. That chart is the Constitution.”

    US Constitution, Article VI, Clause 2: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

    It is also good to remember exactly what *terrorism is here in the USA…
    28 C.F.R. Section 0.85 Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”.

  6. The media as we have known it for my 87+ years will no longer exist in 10 years or less. They have cut all the wrong areas and are all CONTROLLED by 6 large mega Corporations that only look at the bottom line and they are just now starting to realize their internet revenue is not replacing papers in hands. Mu biggest fear is when Obama gave the internet away from American Public control it WILL be CONTROLLED by the Govt. and therefore an instrument to further controlling the conversation.

  7. Rhodes doesn’t do much for his credibility by making the statement that Scalia was assasinated. Show me some proof, Stuart.

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