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What, it can’t happen here?

30 September 2009

Links updated 14:45

A posting in yesterday’s “Newsmax”, the on-line daily version of what is  self-described as “an independent monthly with a conservative perspective” and an integral part of what Forbes calls “A Great Right Hope” of the Republican Party by weekly “Right Angles” columnist, John L. Perry [a cache of the original article, later scrubbed from the site] asks:

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?

Imagine a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution through an interim administration that would do the serious business of governing and defending the nation. Skilled, military-trained, nation-builders would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars [… ] the president would be detailed for ceremonial speech-making.

Military intervention is what [the president]’s exponentially accelerating agenda for “fundamental change” toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but [the president]’s radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible.

In the original, the title, “[President]”, is specified:  Barack Obama.  While the non-conservative side of the blogosphere in the United States is reacting to this article as one would expect, writing that such suggestions were “beyond the pale“, although at least one of the better-read of those non-conservatives  (John Aravosis of used the same logic as Newsmax’s Perry in initially supporting the coup in Honduras. As did Hillary Clinton and the Obama Administration.

As I’ve said before, the fate, or the politics, of Manuel Zelaya is rather beside the point. A “constitutional coup” (usually right-wing, though everyone tends to forget that even in Cuba, constitutional norms were followed after the 1959 Revolution that eventually installed the present political system) is still a coup.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 30 September 2009 10:07 am

    I used to read Americablog during the Bush years, when John A. wasn’t such an establishmentarian, but he’s always had revanchist ideas. Although he’s a great resource for gay rights and inside-the-beltway information, his take on Honduras was pitiful.

  2. 1 October 2009 2:08 pm

    Florida 2000!

  3. 2 October 2009 2:55 pm

    It’s shades of what happened in Venezuela seven years ago. Same “civilized” gloss from the right-wing media and everything.

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