Can you say, “Sedition”? Sure you can!

Sedition n: Incitement of Resistance to or Insurrection Against Lawful Authority.

In honor of the 15th anniversary of homegrown terrorist Timothy McVeigh’s murderous assault on the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, in which 168 people died, including 19 children, I thought it’d be fun to take a look at the rhetoric coming out of our patriotic friends on the far right of the political spectrum. Thanks to the wonderfully depressing “Media Matters” for many of these links (used totally without permission, I might add).

Glenn Beck

Here’s Glenn Beck showing his respectful disagreements with liberal policy by fantasizing about poisoning Nancy Pelosi:

Here’s Beck portraying President Obama and Democrats as vampires, “going after the blood of our businesses.” Then he discusses “driving a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers.”

Rush Limbaugh

Here’s Rush Limbaugh calling the Obama administration a “regime.” “An authoritarian government. They’re governing against the will of the people… the constitution be damned.”

In this quote Rush compares Obama’s administration to the Idi Amin, Hugo Chavez, and Castro regimes.


The charming and attractive Dana Perino, who should fucking know better.

Steve Doocy and Dana Perino

Here’s Steve Doocy and Dana Perino (who should fucking know better, having lived through the same crap on the other side as Bush’s press secretary) grossly misrepresenting Bill Clinton’s statement on the Tea Partiers. Clinton states that the majority of the Tea Partiers are legitimately expressing their political opinions, limiting his criticism to “secessionists” and “militia groups.” Doocy and Perino state that Clinton is comparing Tea Partiers to domestic terrorists.

Sean Hannity

Here’s Sean Hannity endorsing noted wacko Representative Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) call for a revolution in America.

Sarah Palin

Here’s a portion of a graphic appearing on Sarah Palin’s facebook page. Notice the crosshairs she uses to indicate Democratic congressional targets of her wrath.

Governor Palin: Is that a metaphor in your pocket or do you want to shoot me in the face?

Conservative Media in General

Here’s an article on Media Matters, titled “Conservative Media Unleash Violent, Revolutionary Rhetoric.” This is the first paragraph:

Since President Obama’s inauguration, numerous conservative media figures have called for a “revolution” or have invoked violent rhetoric while discussing the Obama administration or government in general. In addition to encouraging violence, such violent rhetoric has also included suggesting Obama’s policies were doing violence to the American people and depicting Obama as a rapist, spousal abuser, or mobster.

Treason, or What?

I’m a big fan of free speech. I say let ’em say what they want. But, as my pal Rush Limbaugh says, “Let’s call a spade a spade.” (Though he might be using the term slightly differently.) If you tell the people that their government is evil, authoritarian, and vampiric and you throw around phrases like revolution and let’s reload, you are inciting them to violence, plain and simple. Maybe that’s not illegal, but it sure is dangerously irresponsible if not outright evil.

I’ve noticed that when we liberals get depressed about the state of the country, we fantasize about moving to Canada. When ultra-conservatives get depressed, they seem to have different fantasies, ones that involve automatic weapons fire and explosives. Why is that?

Happy Oklahoma City Bombing anniversary!


3 Responses to “Can you say, “Sedition”? Sure you can!”

  1. letmebeyoursong Says:

    *applause!* I particularly love the part about moving to Canada vs. GET YER GUN! So true.

    • Paul Murphy Says:

      It’s difficult to understand. Seems to me that there’s a better than even chance that the Republicans will win back the House of Representatives this November. So why the hell all of the paranoid drama? Not many totalitarian regimes actually hold free and fair elections every two years, do they?

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