vig·i·lan·te () Pronunciation Key (vj-lnt)
[Spanish, watchman, vigilante, from Latin vigilns, vigilant- present participle of vigilre, to be watchful, from vigil, watchful. See weg- in Indo-European Roots.]
- One who takes or advocates the taking of law enforcement into one's own hands.
- A member of a vigilance committee.
vigi·lantism (-lntz-m) or vigi·lante·ism (-t-zm) n.
Acording to this definition, they are just that and more. I thank God that we still have such men among us who are willing to stand up and do what is necessary to protect our great nation. I think though, that the vigilante tag has received a bad rap. These men are on 20 plus miles of the most highly trafficked and dangerous part of the border, monitoring and reporting any illegal activity to the border patrol. They are not only taking the law into their own hands but they are being responsible with it by assisting the existing authorities. What is wrong with that?
I encourage the Minutemen to embrace the vigilante tag that was so unwittingly yet rightfully applied to them by our dear president for it is a badge of honor. These men set a great example to the rest of us that we should all be vigilantes in the same way if we truly value our freedoms.