In browsing the nooks and crannies of the Internet, those who fall inline with the “pro-liberty” side of things may come across this: III%.
At first glance, you may think it’s just another motorcycle club symbol but it has an entirely different meaning.
During the American Revolution, only three percent (technically 3.4%) of colonists took up arms against the British.
They were, in very real terms, the militia.
Today, Americans from every walk of life have vowed to be the first of that three percent to fight government tyranny.
However, what you’ll see on display if you search Twitter for the hashtag “#threeper” is a bunch of geared up, white guys who have thrown out “Spartan,” “tactical,” and “Molon Labe” at every opportunity.
In assigning personality profiles at least to those willingly verbose with their threeperness, these people fall into the growling “from my cold dead hands” category.
Just as the mainstream media looked for every angle to label members of the TEA Party as racist, the same thing will happen with the III Percenters regardless of justification.
Groups like the Anti-Defamation League are already one step ahead of the media labeling both Three Percenters and Oath Keepers (a patriotic group of law enforcement and military who vow to uphold the Constitution) as “anti-government extremist groups.”
Leaderless, much like the TEA Party, III%’ers fall into a political snare that is hard to untangle.
That snare, “define or be defined” allow groups like the ADL and the media to apply labels to categorize otherwise patriotic Americans as “extremists” “racists” “dangerous” etc.
The result of being pre-defined is devastating to any movement.
Given that in modern times, 9 million American would be have to be mustered to hit the three percent mark of the population, recruitment would be challenging to say the least.
The answer to “Who are the III Percenters?” is “That’s for them to define.”
If the Hell’s Angels and even Anonymous can reform or control their public identity and turn it to the positive, III%’ers could certainly do the same, transforming them from a curious attraction to a group any American would be proud to be part of.