On the Passing of American Patriot Mike Vanderboegh


“Citizen journalist” and blogger Mike Vanderboegh passed away this week after a long fight against cancer. Mr. Vanderboegh made many contributions to freedom and liberty, but he’ll be best remembered for his work exposing “Fast and Furious.” That’s the ATF’s secret program that armed Mexican drug thugs, facilitating the shooting death of dozens of Mexicans, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and even French citizens murdered in Paris.

Before leaving CBS, reporter Sheryl Atkinson pursued the Fast and Furious story. She wrote this week of Vanderboegh’s perseverance and dedication, exposing this evil scheme.

It seems fitting to stop and recognize Vanderboegh upon his passing (I also wrote of him in my book Stonewalled). If it weren’t for him, it’s entirely possible that the government’s scheme that put thousands of weapons into the hands of Mexican drug cartels would still be going on today.

Vanderboegh and fellow blogger David Codrea were originally contacted by ATF insiders via CleanUpATF.org. The insiders were outraged by the secret government operation “Fast and Furious” that eventually resulted in an unknown number of deaths on both sides of the border including Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Terry was murdered by illegal immigrants armed with the government’s Fast and Furious guns.

The mainstream media tried to portray Mr. Vanderboegh as one of those “dangerous” anti-government, right-wing militia-types. The Obama administration surely had him in mind when they talked about “domestic extremists” and “insurrectionists.”

Vanderboegh was a freedom-loving patriot who pulled no punches in defense of liberty. His Sipsey Street Irregulars website offers a potent mix of anti-statist analysis and rock solid reporting. With attitude. I particularly loved his little slogan next to a photo of an M1A:

When Democracy becomes tyranny,

I STILL get to vote.

To paraphrase George Patton, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the death of Mike Vanderboegh. Rather we should thank God that such men like him lived.”


  1. avatar sota says:

    His hat must trigger Clinton supporters.

    May he rest in peace and we carry on the fight he fought.

    1. avatar Joe R. says:

      “Death is a primitive concept. I prefer to think of him as battling evil, in another dimension. . .” – Grig


      Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

      Don’t let the flag touch the ground.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        And may he be a long time in heaven before the devil knows he’s gone.

  2. avatar Ing says:

    A true patriot.

  3. avatar Anonymous says:

    Mr. Boch needs a TTAG “about me” article.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Excellent idea.

      1. avatar Andrew Ryan says:

        I third that.

        Rest in peace.

    2. avatar Dan Zimmerman says:

      Already have the info. It will be posted soon.

    3. avatar John Boch says:

      Rumor has it that it’s coming.


      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Crikey, mate, it’s about time. Even I have a TTAG “about me.”

    4. avatar former water walker says:

      Head of “Gunsavelife” based in Illinois. A true hero…

  4. avatar MamaLiberty says:

    Mike and I had several very interesting conversations (email). I didn’t agreed with him about a number of things, including the authority of the “constitution,” of course, but always respected his integrity and consistency. The basis for the 3% non-organization was one of the best strategies for individual liberty I’ve ever seen, and I hope many will continue in that as his greatest legacy. I know that I will.

    Rest in peace, Mike. Indeed.

    1. avatar The Next Gray Man says:

      Funny, I never read a word I disagreed with at Sipsey Street Irregulars. For years.

  5. avatar gs650g says:

    Always amazed how God takes good men while leaving us here with certain terrible people.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      God needs men who are good. God doesn’t need Hillary Clinton, who is neither.

    2. avatar neiowa says:

      I’m sure the devil is eagerly anticipating Hillary’s pending return.

      1. You sure he wants the competition?

  6. avatar Matt in Tx says:

    I followed The Sipsey Street Irregular’s for quite a while. Met the man and wife team at an open carry rally in Texas. We are lessened without people like him.

    Agent, 100 Hundred Heads Life & Casualty Company

  7. avatar Special K says:

    RIP Mike. Your work to push back across tyranny in Connecticut will not be forgotten either.

  8. avatar Darkwing says:

    We agreed most of the time but the Bundy thing was different. He would not listen to the real truth about the Bundy’s. That is why the 3% was off my list

  9. avatar Right to Arm Bears says:

    RIP Mike. Your tenacity for freedom, honesty and authenticity will be sorely missed and will leave a gaping vacuum. Heaven is richer at your arrival. A great American and patriot.

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