This is one of Joe’s profile pictures. Behind the yellow and white transparency, the green shield is the logo of something called the Emergency Response Team, or ERT.
Before going any further, I want to talk about about a different organization, CERT (or Community Emergency Response Teams).
First off, notice that the other group basically copied the name, leaving off one letter. Can’t imagine why. The second group, CERT, is sponsored by FEMA. Yeah, the ebil gubmint.
I have been through CERT training. The idea is this: in a disaster situation, the first responders are really your neighbors, or members of your family. And one of the real problems posed by these types of situations is that quite often, those well-meaning self-sacrificing first responders get themselves into a big pickle because they don’t know how to do what they are attempting to do. They mean well, but have little to no knowledge. CERT gives them the knowledge, not only about what to do, but equally important, about what not to do.
I did CERT training in a little remote village (quite literally on the edge of the actual, real wilderness and not Louisville) where the possibility of being cut off from any sort of professional help was a very real one. CERT training was vital to that community. They continue with it today, and I hope to hell they never need it.
Joe is the national recruiter for ERT. National. The person asking this question lives in Arizona.
Oddly enough, the ERT has a Facebook group devoted to “prepping,” you know, all that homesteady, self-sufficiency, off-the-griddy stuff, and Joe is not a member. I suppose he doesn’t want to share that much.
Joe’s ERT is a sort of quasi-military, “we’re not a militia but really we are,” “the gubmint sucks dirt,” kind of imitation of CERT.
Here. Read what they have to say about themselves.
Everyday Americans. Isn’t that nice? So is CERT.
. . . many other patriot groups. . .
Ah, so ERT is a “patriot group.” That’s just another word for “militia.”
What follows is some gobbledygook about “meeting objectives” (undefined), and then some stuff about “incidents.” I rather loved the bit about “natural,” and “man-made” and then “other.” What, exactly, would be “other”?
Anyway, their goal is to “serve others.” I’m not sure doing exactly what. They don’t really say. They do carry on about training, but don’t say what that means (how much you want to bet that “training” involves guns?), but it’s all sort of vague.
But they do repeatedly try to distance themselves from the stereotypical idea of being a militia group.
There’s a good bit of this sort of thing. It’s not a militia. If you’re anti-government, you’re in the wrong place, they say. (But Joe is in it up to his little eyeballs, so WTF? He embodies the term “anti-government.”)
And it’s not political. They tell you it’s not. I even highlighted it so we’d all know it.
From their Facebook page, which I have to assume is run by the guy who runs the website, or at least with his approval.
Does that sound political?
What about this?
Um, I hate to tell you, but that’s political.
And who would the “tyrant” be? The one who is coming? President Obama, maybe, who is “shredding the Constitution”? You know, to get your guns? Or maybe the Muslim terrorists? Who knows?
These guys, though, are absolutely selfless.
They’re here to “serve others.” And sometimes, they might even help a stranger.
But it’s not a militia. Nope. Not.
He’s a Minuteman, the modern kind.
So, the real Minutemen were under 25 and chosen from the militia for their physical strength.
Fear not, America. Joe Naugler, that intrepid Minuteman, is on high alert.