Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Maine governor issues a call to arms

What does it take before our exalted media use their precious First Amendment protection to call these rightwing politicians out for what they are -- pure crackpots. I mean, this isn't some fringe conspiracy nutcase we're talking about here. He's a highly placed government official who somehow hoodwinked his constituents into voting him into office.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage is literally calling for armed revolution. He's peeved that he wasn't allowed to testify at a state Appropriations Committee meeting a couple of weeks ago and comes out with these statements:
Asked why the issue is so important, the governor replied, "It’s freedom of speech. You folks should understand that better than I. It is the First Amendment, then there is the Second and I love ‘em both."

He later added, "The minute we start stifling our speech, we might as well go home, roll up our sleeves and get our guns out."
He should tell that to women representatives in Michigan who weren't allowed to speak on the Statehouse floor. He should tell that to the women legislators who weren't allowed to testify as Issa's anti-contraceptive hearings in the House of Representatives in Washington, DC.

Imagine the media uproar if these Democratic women legislators had said the same thing. I expect there would have been screaming headlines along the lines of "Annie git yer guns."

LePage is verging on sedition here. Media needs to call it what it is -- crazy talk. IT shouldn't be reported as if this was something normal that should be expected or condoned.

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Blogger merlallen said...

I think people just expect craziness and sedition from right wingers so it isn't news.
News would be if one said something sane and reasonable.
I've gotten to where I just ignore them except for when I'm laughing at them.

4:22:00 PM  
Blogger merlallen said...


4:22:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I ignore most of it but calls to violence from elected officials should be bigger news. As in makes the nightly tv news instead of just the local papers and inside wire service stories.

1:37:00 PM  
Blogger merlallen said...

I completely agree, a few sedition trials would do wonders for the political discourse in this country, I don't care who does it.

6:23:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Fomenting armed revolution is treason, but who has the guts to indict these tinhorn Confederates most of whom couldn't shoot their way out of a douchebag.

And hey, they'd be 'enemy combatants' wouldn't they? Let's not close Guantanamo just yet. . .

3:33:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Lately I'm thinking if we're patient, they'll all kill themselves by accidental discharge will drunk and stupid.

12:29:00 AM  
Blogger merlallen said...

I think Libby's right. And I also agree with Capt Fogg, we should put them in Gitmo and enhanced interrogate the crap out of them just because they say we can.

9:29:00 AM  

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