Aug 10

Mike Vanderboegh – R.I.P.

Mike Vanderboegh, American patriot, investigative journalist, blogger for the cause of freedom, founder of the Three Percent movement, and speaker of truth, has passed to the great beyond. He courageously fought the good fight as he simultaneously battled cancer in spite of the continued decline of his personal health over the past decade. He carried on for the cause of liberty with an emphasis on gun rights. His passion to awaken the American people in general and to stir gun owners in particular to actively resist any further encroachments (“We are done backing up. Not another inch!”) of “the right of the people to keep and bear arms”, was not without significant cost.

In his youth Vanderboegh admits to being an active communist, until he had realized the folly of his ways and turned his life around for the cause of freedom and Constitutional governance.

Posted on Sipsey Street from his son, Mathew

His long time friend and fellow gun rights activist, David Codrea, the man who along with Mike is credited for breaking the Gun-Walker story, shares his eulogy.

To honor his friend in the fight to restore Second Amendment rights in our country the Vanderboegh family has requested the above Nyberg flag with a solemn black band be shown on all venues speaking of this sad loss.

A few words from Stewart Rhodes at Oathkeepers.

From the Kansas City Star.

From his long-time arch enemies (and mine too) at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Both Vanderboegh and Codrea, avid bloggers, were ignored and maligned by mainstream media sources for their lack of journalistic credentials. It was not until Sharyl Attkisson (an ABC reporter at the time) took a look at the details that Mike and David had doggedly pursued on PROJECT GUN-WALKER that the story was broken on national news media outlets, and even then it was regarded largely dismissed as just another right-wing conspiracy theory, driven by racist gun nuts with an ax to grind against the Obama administration. Here are the official correspondence on the Project Gunwalker scandal.

So what is the 3% movement? In a nutshell it can be explained thusly; During the period of the American Revolutionary War, the catalyst for the creation of these United States, it was but a mere 3% of the colonial population who actively engaged in taking up arms against the British Crown. It was only after “A long train of abuses” had pushed the colonists to rebel and to “dissolve the political bands which connected them” to England, that the colonist chose to engage in battle in order to free themselves from tyranny.

Contrary to one of the central tenets of Communism – that “the end justifies the means”, penned by Karl Marx, the following statement defines the Three Percent Movement is a fine juxtaposition;

*These four principles — moral strength, physical readiness, no first use of force and no targeting of innocents — are the hallmarks of the Three Percent ideal. Anyone who cannot accept them as a self-imposed discipline in the fight to restore the Founders’ Republic should find something else to do and cease calling themselves a “Three Percenter.”

I encourage you to follow the above link and read the article in its entirety.

These are not the words of some half-cocked, wanna-be revolutionary. These words are the well thought-out principles of righteousness, directly addressed to those aspiring to be members of the “Three Percent”.

In his final posting on Sipsey Street Irregulars Mike said his farewell —

Valediction of a Three Percenter

For many years I have introduced myself as a Christian libertarian who believed in God, free men, free markets, the rule of law under the Founders’ Republic, and that the Constitution extended to everyone regardless of race, creed, color or religion. As I take my leave from this existence, I must admit that the Constitution, as the Founders crafted it, is now or soon will be dead — killed by corruption and collectivism and mostly by our own sloth and moral cowardice in opposing its enemies.

Yet if the Constitution is dead as an organizing and unifying force in this nation, the principles enunciated in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights can never die as long as there remain free men and women who believe in the Founders’ vision. This is the essence of the Three Percent, that no matter how small our numbers are — if we remain armed and determined — we may yet preserve the flickering flame of liberty.

However principled, you must still be clearheaded about the realities facing us. We are on the brink of chaos that will make the agonies of the former Yugoslavia look like child’s play. Anyone who believes otherwise is whistling past the graveyard of history. There will be no deliverance from the rigged game of national politics. If any of our traditional liberties are to be saved it will be on a local basis of community, county and church, secured by your own efforts, your own organization, with your own friends and neighbors according to the principles enunciated by the Founders. I envisioned the Three Percent movement with that local focus in mind, as a philosophy, a discipline, of the armed citizenry. I enunciated some of these in the Three Percent Catechism. The growth of the concept has been startling. Yet many of those who claim to be “Three Percenters” haven’t a clue about the principles upon which the movement was founded. While the concept of a determined minority of the armed citizenry has continued to grow, so has confusion about the mission of the Three Percent and how that mission should be carried out. I summed up the Catechism in this way:

“These four principles — moral strength, physical readiness, no first use of force and no targeting of innocents — are the hallmarks of the Three Percent ideal. Anyone who cannot accept them as a self-imposed discipline in the fight to restore the Founders’ Republic should find something else to do and cease calling themselves a “Three Percenter.”

As said in the Washington Post just this morning by B.J. Soper of the Central Oregon Constitutional Guard: “If we’re going to effect change it has to be done at a local level.” Anything that takes time and resources from such local efforts is a waste that we cannot afford. At its most basic and irreducible, what the Three Percent movement was designed to do was to REBUILD THE CONCEPT OF CITIZENSHIP, one citizen at a time. This begins with you, with each and every one of us. Citizenship is defined by the dictionary as “the state of being vested with the rights, privileges, and duties of a citizen.” Three Percenters are insistent about all three of those components of citizenship, that is why our collectivist would-be masters are so hateful and afraid of us — we actually take citizenship seriously, as a way of life, and not just a word. This attitude makes us scary even to folks who silently agree with what we say — we LIVE what they CLAIM to believe. But that is the difference between a citizen and a subject, between free people and mere inhabitants of a place. If I am remembered at all, let me be known as a citizen of the Founders’ Republic.

Not long after my doctor gave me the final prognosis, I was told by a reader that I would be recalled as someone “who taught us how to fight on every battlefield.” It was humbling to me for him to say so, but that is what a citizen does — he fights on every battlefield to best of his ability and resources. And if after I am gone the Three Percent movement should prove to be my living monument, it will be because it is made up of citizens of the Founders’ Republic, faithful to their vision and to God’s will and purpose.

God has blessed me throughout my life with many friends and supporters. I could not have accomplished anything without them. They are all truly citizens in all senses of the word. I am proud to have known you. It has been an honor. Now I leave you behind on this battlefield to carry on the fight. I wish I could stick around but God seems to have a different schedule in mind. Your futures and those of my family — all our families, our friends — indeed our country as envisioned by the Founders as well as our entire way of life are in your own hands, yourselves alone, subject to the will and infinite power of God. God does not promise us victory. He does command us to stand. The Founders bent their knees in prayerful supplication to the Almighty. I believe that the string of improbable events that comprised the miracle of the Revolution can be ascribed to nothing less than God’s will. He may yet provide others.

But absent a miracle, your victory will be won by citizens rising to the duties and challenges of citizenship. It will be won one citizen, one locality, one community at a time — according to the example of the Founders, organizing fellow citizens in the light of Three Percent principles.

As for me I have tried to live up to the epitaph of Chris Sheats, an Alabamian who I long ago admired as a member of my pantheon of American heroes:

“I love my country, my God and my kind. I have served them all and I want no praise of song or prose.”


Fare thee well, friend and may you rest in peace.

There is a bit of good news in all of this sadness. Mike’s blog over at Sipsey Street Irregulars will carry on as his son, Mathew has accepted the task of continuing to post in his father’s honor.


Post script – After the funeral, Mathew Vanderboegh had this to say.

and this belated post from 8/13/16 at The American Thinker.

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