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By now, everyone here has read about the assassination plot against president Obama (actually against the U.S.) concocted by four Army soldiers in Georgia.  And, as depressing as this is, what is even more depressing is what the GOP is and has been saying about it.

As far back as August 1, the Huffington Post as well as The Raw Story have been reporting about the TN lawmaker that sent out emails warning of a "fake" assassination plot orchestrated by the administration to stay the election and take over the country by martial law.

Tennessee state Rep. Kelly Keisling (R) on Tuesday morning forwarded an email to his constituents that warned President Barack Obama was planning to impose martial law and indefinitely delay the November elections.

This was presumably based on reports from a florida blogger:

The email, originally written by Florida-based conservative blogger Joe Angione, said there were unconfirmed rumors that Obama planned to stage an assassination attempt on his own life. The incident would be blamed on white supremacists, stirring racial unrest and allowing the President to impose martial law across the nation.

In the blog apparently Angione had this to say...

“The more we talk about the potential for a staged, bogus presidential assassination that would trigger massive civil unrest and possible martial law, the stronger is our defense against it actually occurring,”
This coming on the heals of the TX judge (acting in some capacity as an emergency preparedness manager) that claimed President Obama was going to invade Lubbock with UN forces, and that it was his job to be prepared.  

Now since he has been in office, President Obama has had numerous threats - all seething with racial hatred and loathing.  Most of these have been rooted out and we as Americans have understood that these are the actions of people that generally live in a fantasy world of white supremacy.  This fantasy world is based in a basic belief that President Obama doesnt legitimately belong in office, and therefore these people have the right and duty to overtake what they see as an illegitimate government.  Because these folks are loonytunes, we dont generally refer to such threats as traitorous, but what happens when elected and appointed government officials begin to give clear and present comfort to such groups?  

It is clear that the two officials above have rendered credence to the idea that president Obama isnt the legitimately elected leader of our country.  Afterall, such "preparedness" wasnt necessary for Al Gore or George HW Bush.  

It is also clear that these officials have been influenced by a meme circulating in the cloud that seems to know more about such things than should be possible given the ongoing nature of the investigation.

The continued questioning of birthplace, the Navy Seal with some sort of axe to grind, the continued attacks on Pres. Obama as a communist, a muslim, an extremist : that by the way, the GOP has stated WILL continue, have taken their tolls.  But to what end?  Does the GOP really think they can put this sort of crazy genie back in the bottle once they seize power?  If Pres. Obama does lose, and lets hope he doesnt, how exactly do they plan on ruling?  (or leading if you are so inclined)?  The Ire of these groups will need to be pointed at something or else THEIR government will become the illegitimate government that is targeted. Will it be turned on local politicians that "collaborated" with the Obama administration - (think Vichey Government)?  Will anyone that stood for gay rights, or social security be next?  Will voter roles be examined to see how certain districts went and they be made to pay the price? When you unleash such hatred, you really cant say where it will go - but this idea that we should be a one party society - unified under the banner of republicanism scares the life out of me.          

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  •  invade Lubbock with UN forces... (1+ / 0-)
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    Where do they get this?

    Let's see.  Where are those UN forces?  It's kind of hard to conceal a large military force in the United States so I assume it's somewhere offshore, so they have to somehow get to Lubbock.  It's a little far for black helicopters.  And, with all due respect to the fine people of that great city, it's not clear what strategic purpose occupying Lubbock would serve.

    Of course, they'd be under UN orders.  UN military missions tend to operate under a lot of political constraints, so it would be more like "Viva Max" than "Red Dawn."

    Sorry, I know I'm rationalizing the views of utter lunatics, but it's just too much fun.

  •  I think what's happening, is that (0+ / 0-)

    in 2011, Obama's numbers were such that it looked like he would be beaten pretty easily in 2012.  

    Now that they've picked Romney, and he's a complete failure, they're thinking the only way to get rid of Obama, is to kill him.

    And they want to try before the election, because if they wait until after, they're stuck with a president Biden for four years.

    "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and me?" - Don Van Vliet

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 03:04:09 PM PDT

  •  These looneys are embarrassment (2+ / 0-)
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    kurt, cany

    to themselves and to our country.  

  •  What's wrong with any of us? (2+ / 0-)
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    bevenro, The Swimmer

    There are always some people fond of CT. During the Bush years there were blogs and comments here on the likelihood of Bush declaring martial law before the end of his term. There were numerous diaries about FEMA camps being secretly built, ready to receive the lefties and liberals. No doubt less "main stream" blogs had a higher ratio of such bilge. It's not exclusively GOP.

    Nor can we fault the GOP leadership for not shutting down such talk, and pushing it furhter to the fringes. Harry Reid wasn't on here posting that people worried about FEMA camps shouldn't be so gullible, let alone doing OpEds in the NYTimes on it.

    Where we diverge and leave "both sides do it" territory is when some of the leadership of the GOP are overtly saying such things themselves  or even dog whistling to those who do (Nobody asked to see my birth certificat, hardeharhar).

    The media who cover them like they were cute aren't helping any, of course. Yes puppies chewing slippers are cute, but they also cause damage, and can grow up to be out of control and dangerous. At the same time, the leader of the County Commission in Lubbock Tx. does not usually get national media exposure. Now the idiot's like minded fellows know they are not alone, but the more rational of his fellow commissioners are totaly embarassed. I don't know if it's better to ignore the stupidity, or "out" it, in those cases. But it most assuredly should be outed and ridiculed when it is hinted at by political leaders and pundits who do have a national spotlight.

    from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

    by Catte Nappe on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 03:17:50 PM PDT

    •  It's the usual tin foil hat brigade freaking out (0+ / 0-)

      over urban warfare training exercises on various military bases. They also believe in chem trails and that flu shots are actually "sekret" attempts to chemically sterilize children before they hit puberty.

      They would be paranoid and freaked no matter who is in charge, the fact that this is a Black Man is too much for them to bear.

  •  These folks are so certifiable they should be (0+ / 0-)

    checked for 5150 conditions. They do seem to be a danger to others.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 06:25:21 PM PDT

  •  HI (0+ / 0-)

    I agree with the comments here.  Nutjobs and conspiracies have always been around.  But when people in government go around saying "do not trust the government" then it seems like we may have a problem Houston.  My concern is that it leaves a situation in which no one can actually lead or accomplish anything.  This SOUNDS like what the libertarians want, but in actual fact it is not.  People like Ron Paul have never had to live in the dystopia he espouses.  In actual fact, there is a lot of very good things done by democratic governments across the world - and some not so good things.  But here in the U.S. we seem to avoid the sweeping hordes of Mongol/Vandal/Goth invaders, provide for basic literacy, and help folks out of burning houses.  All not too bad.  But if I begin to suspect the fireman, I have to worry about the fidelity of the military, and I think the teachers are trying to turn my kids into hitler youth; in other words if I no longer trust in social contracts and my neighbors, then things can go bad fast.  In my opinion, this is what the GOP is building - and when Navy Seals as well as regular Army start getting involved, then it gets a lot more serious than the usual wingnuttery.  Sure we can try these folks for treason, but as the article says, we have no idea about how many in the U.S. military were involved in this - that is how many have broken their oath and duty to protect the U.S. (Including her president).  Comparisons to the Munich Wehrmacht say late 30's - are just to obvious here.

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