Oh here we go again...please consider a couple things...
Jim Butler is entitled to be proud of the Salt River Rifles and the merits of their high level of commitment to authenticity, and he is entitled to express his own opinions about that. PERIOD. Jim is an experienced participant that likes campaign type events. As far as setting standards, judging others or their choice of events, issuing proclamations, etc. All one can say for certain is that there is no titular head of the hobby, and we don't want to appoint one. Obviously, Jim Butler identifies quite strongly on a personal level with the mission of his group, which is suggested by his screen name "Jim of the SRR" not Jim the Standard Bearer, Jim Keeper of the Flame or even just plain ol' Jim Butler. This is not the point.
What is getting lost here is the point...which is that all Jim Butler is trying to do is make an announcement offering to be included in his reenactment group, and explain what sorts of activities they most enjoy doing, so you know what to expect if you decide to come out with them. The battle with authenticity is a personal one, and nobody sets the standards for you but you. By making a recruiting announcement, Jim is not trying to put anybody down, nor is he trying to be an elitist. As I read it, he is trying to communicate what his Salt River Rifles are about as far as events. If he goes about that with a little chest thumping and you don't like that, then you might not enjoy the rest of the weekend with them either. This seems to have gotten lost when Jim went beyond that and offered his opinon (somewhat sensibly) that to call yourself a campaigner, you ought to try to campaign it once in a while.
Jim is just sounding reveille. And if you are currently on sabbatical, maybe come off before you end up selling all your gear for fire sale prices. Participants should not be labeled progressive, c/p/h, etc, that is just the events they attend.
Last edited by Craig L Barry; 07-27-2009 at 08:40 AM.
Craig L Barry
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