There’s been a lot of national news stories about biker wars this past year and since Country is such a seasoned outlaw biker and a talented word-smith, he’s one of the best sources of sage wisdom one can find when it comes to this subject.
Since there was so much national attention to shootings and other goings-on, I thought about mentioning some of the rattling about this topic but knew I didn’t posses the inside-lo-down I would need to do something like this justice it deserves.
Naturally, when Country opened his insight to us, I was more than pleased to pass it along to everyone. With Country’s tenure as a biker, he’s had several occasions to hold most (if not all) offices, including President. When I first met Country in 1990, he was a club President.
Country is an Old School, outlaw biker that has ridden, founded, organized, and patched outlaw clubs for almost half a century. He’s also a terrific word smith that has been contributing a series of his stories. Click Here to follow his journey through this ‘no nonsense’ lifestyle where every move mattered.
I think I want to say a few things about club wars. Maybe some youngsters who think they want to start crap and prove how bad they are will consider what I’m about to say.
I’ve been in bike wars and survived – some didn’t. In the earlier days when clubs were cutting up territory, a bike war could break out anytime. Too many times a boss or president would put his own people out on ‘Front Street’ (front lines of the battle) so he could look bad, without consideration for his members. If a member is willing to put his life on the line for his patch and club family he is a good man and shouldn’t be used frivolously. Alas, it has been done many times to feed the presidents’ ego.
I have gone to war, sometimes because there were brothers’ lives at stake if we didn’t shut the problem down. Other times because of things that happened long in the past before I joined up. You take the problems with the patch.
Later on, when we tried to get all the clubs to get along, I found that some things happened so long in the past, no one knew how the war began. The people that started the war were gone and the new people didn’t even really know the cause of the war. It had always been that way when they joined so they kept it up, not wanting to be the one to look weak. Strange as it seems that has happened – it was just like old time family feuds, you know, like the Hatfields and McCoys.
The root of the problem was usually a thing that some member got crossways with someone in another club about who-knows-what, so bikers got killed, beat up or they ran each other off the road. These things could go on for years.
Now here is a little thing most guys, especially these youngsters now, don’t know. I found in some cases the higher officers kept their members at war with each other so they had no contact with each other. If they weren’t talking to each other, they couldn’t compare notes – while all the time, the higher ups were making business deals with each other. They were channeling the money into their pockets without having to split it with their members. Although it didn’t happen a lot, it has happened.
Beware of your president who seems chaffing at the bit to start crap with another club. He is either ignorant of the consequences, wants to look like a badass, or has some other agenda going. Either way he doesn’t have the love for his brothers if he’s not worried about the results.
If you haven’t stared down at the coffin of a dear brother, then thrown dirt in his face, to be gone forever, no more hugs, seeing his face light up when you come into the room. You miss hearing his laugh at one of your stupid jokes, standing beside you during the bad shit when others are sneaking away (it’s always the good ones that die) because the wormy ones sneak off. If you haven’t experienced these things, then you are in for a rude awakening. I have been to so many funerals I can’t begin to remember how many – it would be in the hundreds.
One club I was with would have a funeral once or twice a month. I also have noticed it’s the club pukes that stand up in the meeting and preach bad crap, but when the ‘caca’ hits the fan they find some emergency they have to retire over and when the trouble’s over they come slinking back. If you’re a patch holder in any MC, think back and I’m sure you can remember them.
It takes the fun out of things when you have to look over your shoulder all the time. Hard to enjoy a nice ride in the sun. If you want to weed out your members just start a club war, you will be left with the hard nut over night. If it ever happens you will see that I know what I’m talking about. You will be surprised who is left; some of the hard core preaching blowhards will be gone and the quiet ones will still be there.
Having said that, a club can’t put up with some other organization trying to push them over and taking what is theirs. You might as well pick up your marbles and go home. It should be handled as strictly as possible while minimizing the consequences. Nothing like a good example to discourage others who have likeminded intentions. Nobody is going to push me or my brothers over in the corner and take what is ours or show disrespect.
However, if things are rocking along don’t be in a big hurry to get something going. It’s a lot easier to get it started than to get it stopped. Love, my brothers. Rip to all those good men who are gone.
The attached news stories, pictures and video contain information on biker wars in California and Navada. Texas is blessed with bikers that are friendly allies.
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