Friday, May 3, 2013

Getting Ready For A Revolution?

Gordon Howie's hyperbole is usually good for a laugh, but this morning Gordon outdid himself. He issued the following blast implying that President Obama is on the road to exterminating Christians with Hitleresque precision:
It has always amazed me how Hitler could exterminate so many Jews with so little resistance.  I can’t help but wonder if Obama is being equally successful in the early stages of a “War on Christians”.
Will America’s Christian leaders PLEASE stand up and speak out?!!! 
If Obama is engaged in "the early stages of a war," one wonders how long it will be before Gordon goes calling on people to do more than speak out.

Some allegedly responsible folk already are. Jim Porter, the NRA's president, apparently wasn't satisfied with the results of the last one in the 1860s, so he's advocating people prepare for another one:
In a June speech, Porter noted the NRA was “started by some Yankee generals who didn’t like the way my Southern boys had the ability to shoot in what we call the ‘War of Northern Aggression.’ ”
“Now y’all might call it the Civil War, but we call it the ‘War of Northern Aggression’ down South,” Porter said to the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association.
He also advocates training all U.S. civilians to use standard military firearms so “they’re ready to fight tyranny.”
Porter apparently has a lot of company. A Fairleigh Dickinson University poll taken in late April finds a large sector of the Republican party believes armed revolution might be necessary with in the next few years.
Overall, the poll finds that 29 percent of Americans think that an armed revolution in order to protect liberties might be necessary in the next few years, with another five percent unsure. However, these beliefs are conditional on party. Just 18 percent of Democrats think an armed revolution may be necessary, as opposed to 44 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of independents.
 The poll might be flawed. It sampled only 863 people, but I have to agree with big boy blogger Ed Kilgore:
You can dismiss it for its sample size or its question order or its wording if you want, but I’m sorry: when nearly half the self-identified members of one of our two major political parties in any sample looks benignly on the possibility of “armed revolution”—particularly when it’s the supposedly conservative party—we’ve got real problems. If the actual percentage of Republicans thinking positively about armed revolution as a near-term necessity is 15%, we’ve got real problems. [italics in original] 
There's little logic in Howie's assertion that Obama is at war with Christians; Obama is a Christian, so he probably would not be attempting to engage in war against himself.  For his part, Porter is as illogical as Howie if he truly believes the Civil War was about Northern aggression rather than Southern efforts to preserve slavery.

It doesn't take much effort to see how people who believe a Hilteresque leader will lead an aggressive war against Americans because of their religious faith will see the need to prepare for an armed revolt "in the next few years." It's unclear how any of those beliefs are reasonable, conservative, or Christian.

1 comment:

Bob Schwartz said...

The minute one invokes Hitler in their argument is the moment their argument is lost.