A column posted on Newsmax, a conservative news outlet, has been taken down. Apparently, there are some limits. The column doesn’t technically advocate for a “civilized” military coup to remove President Obama from office, it just suggests that such a move might be obligatory since soldiers take an oath to protect the institutions Obama is putting in jeopardy. The column admits “it’s not an ideal option.”
I believe in free speech and I don’t believe any sanctions should be taken against the author. But you can be damned sure that if this was a left wing writer calling for a military coup to remove Bush, the word “treason” would have been bandied on some websites – including Newsmax.
The author’s name is John Perry.
Talking Points Memo has the text of the column. Here’s a sample:
Military intervention is what Obama’s exponentially accelerating agenda for “fundamental change” toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama’s radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible.
Newsmax is a conservative site, but not fringe. I’ve never seen “mainstream” discourse take such low roads. Never. On today’s page, their columnist Glenn Beck is once again calling Obama a Nazi. Not on Newsmax, but also in the “mainstream” discourse, a conservative pol calls Obama the “enemy of humanity.”
Yes, left wing demonstrators said the similar things about Bush. But they were fringe, without significant influence in a major party. These people aren’t.
Addendum: And for good measure, the latest RNC fundraising letter compares Obama to Stalin and Kim Jong Il.