This is beyond the pale – a columnist at Newsmax advocates a military coup to overthrow the government of the United States. Of course, he says he’s merely “describing” what could happen, not advocating it. But the language he uses suggests otherwise:
Will the day come when patriotic general and flag officers sit down with the president, or with those who control him, and work out the national equivalent of a “family intervention,” with some form of limited, shared responsibility?
Despite the warped view of patriotism one must have to consider the military overthrow of our Constitution as “patriotic”, describing it this way sure makes it sound like he thinks it would be good for the country. And the Democrats and liberals are the ones who are supposedly fascists and dictators?
It’s incredible how quickly attitudes on the right have changed. During the Bush administration, the President’s detractors were met with right-wing howls of “un-American!” and “treason!” for mere criticism. Yet now it’s apparently ok to publish fantasies about the military overthrow of our democratically-elected President.
For those on the right who claim that this is a fringe voice, that this isn’t the way your side really feels: If that’s true, you need to start speaking out against this sort of talk. Liberals can speak out against it all day, but we’ll be ignored – after all, we’re the fascists, right?
If this doesn’t represent how you feel – if you disagree that a military coup is “patriotic” – then you need to start taking your side to task over it. Muster up some of that outrage you had on display during the Bush administration.
This sort of dangerous rhetoric has been heating up, not dying down. Eventually, some unhinged, right-wing lunatic is going to take these sorts of paranoid ravings to heart and take a shot at the President. At that point, mainstream Republicans will wring their hands and say “Oh that’s taking it too far, no one ever meant for that to happen.” Well, it’s obvious that some on your side do mean for it to happen, and if you answer their rantings with a mere eye-roll and a pat on the head, your hand-wringing will have no credibility.
[Update: Newsmax has flushed the original article down the memory hole, so I've changed the link to the Google cache version of the page (link courtesy of Roch over at Ed Cone's).]