Jim Gilchrist visits the border....
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Jim Gilchrist, the notorious national leader of the
Minutemen paid a visit to the border on April 5th,
in full battle gear, and a radio reporter in tow.
This is what he encountered from fellow Minutemen:
THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES
"I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I offend
not with my tongue. I held my tongue, and spake
nothing. I kept silence, yea, even from good words;
but it was pain and grief to me. My heart was hot
within me, and while I was thus musing the fire
kindled, and at the last I spake." (Psalm
I am one of the volunteers at the Mountain
Minutemen's Light Up the
Line event in Campo, CA. I feel this post needs to be
made and I ask
two things: (1) That you read it all the way through
to the end; and
That if you are inclined to flame me (or, if a
moderator, delete this
you take 10 minutes to at least think about what
specific rule or TOS I
violated by making this post.
Background. I came late to the Minuteman effort, and
so missed all
of the schisms that have led to its present division.
I came to
with the Mountain Minutemen, located at Patriot Point,
family friend - not because I have ill will toward any
group. I try very hard not to speak ill of fellow
Minutemen or SOS'ers
steer clear of the divisiveness that hampers our
On the other hand, when someone acts as atrociously
as Jim Gilchrist
did this weekend, I feel I must speak.
The Light Up the Line event was off to a smashing
success by midday
last Saturday. Friday night saw us blanket a line of
almost two miles
spotlights, generators, auto headlights, and most
watchers. Several groups of illegals spent the night
various points, only to be turned back when they saw
our positions or
illuminated by our lights. I myself spent the entire
night Friday on
the 241, guarding the lights and generator trained on
our flag and on
entry point. I have never been as cold, wet and
miserable in my life -
it was worth it.
Our focus and elation changed in a heartbeat Saturday
should come strutting up to Patriot Point with the
Mayor of Corona and
reporter in tow, but Mr. Jim Gilchrist? (In tactical
gear with canteen,
though he had just exited his automobile.)
Further background. Mr. Gilchrist and the Mountain
Minutemen (led by
Robert Crooks) have a substantial amount of bad blood
between them for
primary reasons. First, back in mid-2006, according to
Mr. Crooks, Mr.
Gilchrist promised monthly funding to operate the
Point. This funding
materialized. Second, as is well known, Mr. Gilchrist
has all but
border operations - the heart and soul of the
Minuteman Movement - in
of soliciting donations and doing. well just what
exactly? That is the
question. He certainly hasn't been seen on the
Tecate/Campo border in
In light of this background, it was highly
inappropriate for Mr.
Gilchrist to simply arrive, unannounced, and expect to
be hailed as the
returning Dear Leader or some such. Needless to say,
began questioning Mr. Gilchrist - pointedly - about
why he abandoned
watch efforts, the Point, and yet continues to solicit
simply to self-perpetuate his own prominence in the
Here is where it got surreal. Instead of answering
Mr. Crooks' valid
questions with information, Mr. Gilchrist began
screaming that the
were a "gang," a bunch of "thugs," and that we were
there to "kill
illegals." At one point, he demanded to be taken "up
the hill to where
have the bodies."
I stood in shock. I had heard this all before - from
MEChA and La
Raza. But I never expected to hear it from the founder
of the Minuteman
At this point I sidled up to Mr. Gilchrist and in a
asked, "What do you mean we are a 'gang' of 'thugs'?
He snarled, "Was I talking to you? I don't think I was
talking to you."
replied, "Well, you said we are thugs, and I'm
volunteering here, so I
assume you include me in that." He again snarled that
he was "not
me." At this point I attempted to take a different
tack to try to show
Gilchrist that we could not possibly be "thugs" - I
presented my "bona
fides." I explained that I had come to watch the
border, not to argue
anyone; that I was an Ivy League-educated Orange
County attorney, and a
member of the Lincoln Club of Orange County (with
which Mr. Gilchrist
certainly be familiar as a former congressional
candidate). He again
snarled, "So, you think you're better than other
people?" (Missing my
entirely). At this point, Mr. Gilchrist came
completely unhinged and
retreated to name-calling. "You're obviously stupid,"
he said, "and
drank the Kool Aid here; but wait, I forgot, you can't
be stupid if you
to Harvard." A propos of nothing, Mr. Gilchrist then
proceeded to call
"wimp." (Interesting, that. I had just spent a night
in wet 35 degree
temperatures on a mountain at 3000 feet, guarding our
border. I assume
Gilchrist had spent Friday night in his house in OC.
Who exactly is the
'wimp'?") I replied, "At least I am down here on the
border. All you do
sit in Orange County with your shell corporation and
beg for donations.
exactly do you do anymore?"
He replied, "I raise awareness." At this point, I
simply said, "you
disgust me," and walked away.
Other Minutemen had similar, even less polite
exchanges with the
venerable Founder. He appeared genuinely surprised and
caught off guard
the fact that there were so many volunteers there all
willing to speak
and not be cowed by him. The Mayor of Corona (who had
from his campaign manager, asked for an introduction
to the Minuteman
Project from Mr. Gilchrist) looked perplexed and
confused by his
behavior. The reporter, Steve Gregory from KFI, simply
Mr. Gilchrist began behaving even more strangely. At
one point, he
took out his wallet, opened it, and leafed through it
as if he planned
give money to Mr. Crooks. He then began to tear up and
try to rebuild
bridges with the Minutemen he had just savagely
reviled and insulted.
approached me and without any apology, simply said,
"Hi, I'm Jim," as
start over. One only gets one chance with me, and he
had blown it.
none of it, I said evenly, "You, sir, are NOT quality.
And you never
be." He sputtered, "That wasn't very diplomatic."
After a few more
he slunk away.
This surreal event begs a couple of questions. Why,
exactly, did Mr.
Gilchrist choose to take the Mayor of Corona to
Patriot Point (if the
asked for an introduction to the Minuteman Movement)?
I can think of a
First, perhaps in spite of himself, Mr. Gilchrist
think the Mountain Minutemen are an effective
operation, and that's why
chose to bring his guest there. Naively, he may have
thought he'd be
as the returning King, and when that didn't
materialize, he came
Second, perhaps Mr. Gilchrist expected Mr. Crooks to
be alone, and
planned to embarrass him as the "crazy loner" living
on the border.
off guard by how many Minutemen were present, Mr.
Third, perhaps Mr. Gilchrist had heard of the Light
Up the Line
event and simply wanted to get a share of the
coverage. Him, plus the
border, plus a reporter, equals a great photo op. He
didn't count on
fact that REAL Minutemen, operating on two hours'
sleep, cold, wet,
and doing the real work he hasn't done for years,
But whatever the reason for his visit, the most
important piece of
information that needs to get out is this: Mr.
Gilchrist has only
for the rank and file volunteers watching our border.
The moment he
receive the adulation and kudos he feels he deserves,
he switches to
attacks in PRECISELY the same terms as our
That speaks volumes. I conclude from this that Mr.
Gilchrist has no
loyalty toward or respect for individual Minutemen. In
his eyes, we
only to either give him laud, or make donations. He
does not work with
he does not visit us to give support - no, in his
first visit to the
in almost two years, he arrives in full "mufti," with
a politician and
reporter in tow - to do what? To scream the same
insults, the same
at us that MEChA and La Raza do.
We need to get this word out to all those who donate
Gilchrist thinking they are furthering the Minuteman
proverbial little old lady in Kansas who sends him $50
a month on
for example, needs to be made aware that not only does
he not support
watch operations, he has the utmost contempt for them
- for US.
Whatever value he once had, it is clear that Mr.
Gilchrist has "gone
bad." He should be run out of the Minuteman Movement,
shunned, and the
about him be told to all that will listen. The Emperor
has no clothes.