Mike Vanderboegh, R.I.P.

Mike Vanderboegh was one of the founders of the III Percent movement. Along with David Codrea, he broke the story of the ATF’s infamous “Fast and Furious” gunwalking scandal, in which the Justice Department deliberately allowed arms to be trafficked across the Mexican border to drug cartels.

Mr. Vanderboegh died today after a long struggle against cancer. His son, who now runs his father’s blog Sipsey Street Irregulars, posted this brief eulogy at the site

Mike Vanderboegh, husband, father of three, and founder of the III% movement passed peacefully in his beloved Alabama home today.

In life, he fought tirelessly to restore the liberties that we had taken for granted. Because of his leadership and the movement that he created, we take them for granted no more. He was able to awaken minds to the possibility that a determined minority of free people could accomplish anything; so long as they did it together. They did not need a leader. They needed a cause and a banner from which to advance the cause of freedom. The III percent is that cause.

Mike continued to give everything after so much had been taken away by the illness. Through his struggle he became a symbol of what can be accomplished if we only have the indomitable will to make it happen. Through his words he was able to breathe life into the sails of a resurging Patriot movement. His work may be done, but for those that remain, it is just beginning,

A Patriot died today. But his work will live on in the everyday push for freedom. His was a voice that was made silent, but his work will continue to echo so long as free men and women have the means to resist The future doesn’t belong to the craven; it belongs to the brave.

3 thoughts on “Mike Vanderboegh, R.I.P.

  1. Re the ATF’s “Fast and Furious” gun walking.
    I read recently that one of the long guns used in the Paris nightclub shooting traced back to a Fast and Furious purchase.
    So incredible that I’m not sure I believe it. But, it could be true.
    It reminds me of the movie Sisterhood of the Pants…

  2. The Lord is my pilot, I shall not drift.
    He guides me across the dark waters.
    He steers me through deep channels.
    He keeps my log.
    Yea, though I sail ‘mid the thunders
    and tempest of life,
    I shall dread no anger, for He is with me;
    His love and His care, shelter me.
    He prepares a quiet harbor before me.
    He anoints the waves with oil
    My ship rides calmly.
    Surely sunlight and starlight
    shall guide me on the voyage I take,
    And I will rest in the heaven’s port forever.

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