We have a public event a couple of times a year. Those are the only times I wear the black BDU's. One of the unintended results of our attire is that we resemble the police. The antifa, anarchists and other assorted degenerates hate this. If that upsets them, then I'm all for it. All groups have their "pros" and "cons". Uniforms are purely cosmetic and superficial. I have bigger fish to fry.
For years, I avoided groups. For the longest time, I was content with just being on the mailing list at the National Alliance. "Lone wolf" wasn't getting anything done, either. Militia groups also had their problems, especially during the mid-1990's, when I was exploring them.
I spent a couple of years attending meetings and events of the Nationalist Coalition. Meeting in the library didn't do a thing to make a difference, either. I did meet lots of good people that meant well. The racially unaware and media still called us "Nazis" and there was no uniform. The real "goofballs" in the Phoenix area turned out to be the anti-immigrant "Nativists". It would be hard to find a racial group that can top them.
Attire didn't matter. On one occasion at an immigration rally in front of the Tent City jail in Phoenix, the antis called the Star of David clad Jewish man in a scooter chair a NAZI!
I spent an entire year as an NSM supporter before joining, myself. I was a skeptic, too. It took a couple of national events and hosting a few parties, before I got to know members. This is something that could not be done as a spectator on the outside.
Within a couple of years, through initiative and creativity, I found various ways myself and others could physically do something positive and raise public awareness on specific issues. We put the drug & human smuggling problem in my community on the front burner. I even attempted to get into public office by running for my local school board. My interest in elections and politics is far from over.
Now, that I'm in a leadership role, I have the ability and influence to make positive changes. None of this will happen overnight. Things certainly won't change, if all I do is watch, complain or criticize others.
This weekend [October 13-14], I'm conducting a simulated urban "bug out" and desert survival exercise. Again, I'm organizing and motivating people into action. Most of the people attending this outing are not associated with any groups.
Hughes has since posted an account of his exercise conducted on October 13-14, and takes issue with some criticism directed towards him in comments to this previous post.
From this account, it appears that Jeff Schoep understands one principle of leadership: If someone is productive and effective, give them plenty of leash and get the hell out of their way. And Harry Hughes is effective, giving up his time and his personal comfort to get out there in the desert and deal with the issues attendant to illegal immigration. Schoep doesn't try to micromanage Hughes.
In this previous post about the NSM Charlotte rally, one person commented "Too bad H. Hughes doesn't turn all that energy into white-power political activity. Looking at his blog, it strikes me that its 'all about Harry' and little else. I also noticed that he associates with beaners and other non-whites in his little border operation. Is he really into white power, or is he more of a right wing, all-american, red/white/blue militia type?" This indicates an excessively narrow perspective on "white power". Isn't living white and acting in concert with other like-minded individuals to solve a societal problem also an example of white power? And how is making common cause with Latinos and other non-Whites in his U.S. Border Guard any different than the American Nazi Party recruiting non-White sympathizers? It's not.
There's more to the NSM than Jeff Schoep. There are responsible people who prefer the NSM style and approach to those proffered by other organizations. If they can excel within the NSM environment, more power to them.