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3% Patriots Plan Benewah ‘PatCon’

The people behind the Citadel, a compound-like community being planned in Benewah County, are holding a "PatCon" next month on property they recently purchased near St. Maries. They call themselves "III Percent Patriots," and are part of a movement they claim is dedicated to restoring the Constitution. According to the group's website, the PatCon will take place Sept. 6-8 and it is designed as a get-together for the "III Percent 527 Issue Advocacy Group." The website's authors explain that the "III Percent" movement is based on historians' estimation that 3 percent of colonists took up arms and fought the British. "Today, I am not sanguine that we have 3 percent of any subgroup in America willing to fight for liberty," one blog author writes. "But the title still represents that will, that mettle, grit and spirit to live as free men in a genuine state of liberty. By any means necessary"/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Sounds to me as though these guys are getting serious. What do you think?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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