Sedition: (n) “1. incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government. 2) any action, especially in speech or writing, promoting such discontent or rebellion.
Oh dear. I suppose it had to happen at some point, but the massive stupidity of Conservapedia’s latest stunt surprised even me. You might recall the time Conservapedia hosted the so-called “hit list” – a list of U.S. states, which had Republican governors and Democrat senators, the implication being that if “something” happened to the senators, the governor would appoint a Republican replacement. The article in question, originally created by a self-confessed parodist, remained on Conservapedia for some time, and was even edited by one Dean Slade – one of Andrew Schlafly’s hand-picked thugs posing as administrators. It was only deleted (as the work of an “internet terrorist” – another stock phrase from the dearly departed Terry Koeckritz) after Wonkette picked up on it. Chances are, if it hadn’t been for the shit-storm surrounding that little episode, the article would still be on Conservapedia.
Well, this time, I’m happy to say, they’ve gone one step further. Resident hate-monger John Patti, who generally blames Obama with everything from communism to athlete’s foot, although he mostly focusses on the Pres being Kenyan and a Muslim; seriously – his missive on the “Muslim agenda of the Obama administration” (hardcopy)has to be read to be believed… actually I’d just like to highlight a few points he raises in this document, to show his thought processes (or at least what passes for thoughts anyway):
- He starts off with “Barack Obama and his administration has taken the following actions relating to Muslims.” Bad grammar aside, the implication seems to be that Obama takes actions to benefit Muslims, such as…
- Giving a TV interview to the Al-Arabiya Network, in which he “stressed his own Muslim ties” (no citation provided);
- sets a withdrawal date for U.S. troops in Iraq of 2010, immediately followed by
- Obama orders additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban.
I know, I’m pretty confused too, but wait, there’s more:
- Obama delivered a customary speech to the Iranian people on their New Year referring to the Islamic Republic of Iran which amounted to an acceptance of the regime, followed by:
- Obama announces an additional year of sanctions on Iran, first imposed by Jimmy Carter.
And so it goes. JPatt can seriously see no good in the man, even when he (Obama, not Jpatt) supports the anti-Gaddafi rebels, this is a Bad Thing ® in JPatt’s book. I’m not sure if this implies JPatt supports Gaddafi or not. It’s best not to spend too much time on how he thinks, or even if he thinks at all. In fact, I doubt he does think, especially where Obama comes in. His hatred for the Black Man in the White House is even more knee-jerk, frothing at the mouth than your average Teabagger, made all the more amazing by the incredible ignorance of the man.
All of this has resulted in his latest outpouring of literary diarrhoea – in more than one sense of the word. Not content with waiting for the democratic process to work its magic, or perhaps subconsciously realising that the current crop of Republican front-runners are such a collective bunch of jokes that four more years under the jackboot of the hated Obama is a certainty, he boils over into a screed, which can be crudely summarised as “lynch the nigger.”
Ok, maybe that’s a little harsh, but his new essay “Impeach Obama” (hardcopy for when CP burn the evidence) is a great sign of just how full of hate this little person is. It opens with ” I see Obama as the worst governing leader since the days of Caligula,” and goes rapidly downhill from that point on. He mutters about impeachment, but in true Teabagger fashion, doesn’t list a single action – real or imagined – that would call for Obama’s impeachment. By now, however, he’s in full froth, which leads to the following statement:
I strongly believe the President needs to be removed from office by the U.S. Military and tried under the military court system.
There’s a word for that you know, JPatt – coup d’etat. And as much as you’d like to flannel in other terms, that’s what you’re advocating. I’d like to laugh this off as the rantings of a madman on an ineffectual, second-rate little hate-blog, but it’s the intensity of his hatred that bears noticing. Not to mention the mindless ignorance that comes with it. For example, there’s a few other points he makes (or tries to make):
- At the very least, a plan must be put in place to minimize the Presidents (sic) actions following his non-removal but election defeat in November 2012. Under normal circumstances, the new leader is sworn in January 20th, 2013. We need an emergency declaration that puts America’s new leader in charge days after the election.
- he only thing the military would do is relieve the President, by the powers invested by the Constitution, of his duties and put others in charge of running the country.
What?? Does he have clue about how countries are run? And just where exactly in the Constitution does it say the military has the right to remove the Pres? Then again, this is nothing new – ever since the rise of the Teabaggers, we’ve seen right-wing morons bleating about how their Constitutional rights are being infringed, with absolutely no clue on what the constitution says.
However, it doesn’t stop there. Some sane (but possibly doomed) editor queries JPatt on his bullshit on the talkpage. (Hardcopy again, just in case)This is something we missed during the days of Terry Koeckritz, but since his death, there is a smidgen more debate on CP. In defending his point, he makes the following inane, insane, but ultimately seditious statement:
Technically, yes I am calling for a military coup. In normal circumstances, the military removes a leader, disbands congress, shreds and restarts a constitution and a Junta becomes the defacto leadership. It’s not in the Constitution but the commander-n-chief is the head of the military and the military can relieve commanders. I would like to see the military remove Obama, the second in command becomes the chief executive, Congress stays in place, the Constitution stays intact.
So much stupid in such a small place. Thank goodness they never elected Hillary; he’d be calling for the return of Matthew Hopkins and a public dunking in the Mall’s pond.
As a final note, I’d like to point you towards the U.S. law books and what they have to say about sedition (U.S. Code Title 18 § 2385 – Advocating overthrow of Government). Now I’m not saying JPatt’s guilty of sedition, but calling for a coup d’etat must be treading pretty close to the line. Luckily for him, he said it on Conservapedia, and the authorities aren’t likely to take much notice of a stagnant, backwater hate-blog.
Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government;
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.