At what point do we stop dismissing as “crazy talk” calls for bloodletting and armed revolution in resistance to the implementation of Obamacare? Because it’s getting a little scary.
First is Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. In an appearance on Iowa conservative talk radio host Steve Deace’s syndicated show, Cuccinelli said business owners should consider going to jail rather than comply with the birth control benefit portion of Obamacare. Cuccinelli characterized the benefit as an attack on the Roman Catholic Church specifically and religious freedom generally.
Cuccinelli, who was the first state attorney general to file a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care law, sounds downright sane compared to former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL).
Walsh, a deadbeat dad who was defeated by Iraqi-war veteran Tammy Duckworth, is rumored to be considering a run for Senate or governor in 2014, called for armed revolution to fight back in the “war” that includes potential new gun regulations and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
As reported in The Hill, Walsh paraphrased Thomas Jefferson in a call for revolution against the Democratic platform. “We may have to shed blood every couple hundred years to preserve our freedoms,” he said. “By May, June, July, August, we’re going to have a movement in this state that’s going to scare Republicans and Democrats,” he said.
Maybe this is nothing more than rhetoric. But even so, where do we go from here? If our stakes are constantly rising, and each electoral defeat not simply a loss but an injustice that requires revolution to right, what hope is there really for our government to actually solve problems?
That’s the best case scenario.
The worse case scenario is, of course, that Walsh and Cuccinelli are deadly serious. Gun control legislation has wide support among voters, as does health care reform. Using armed revolution to resist the will of the people and assert a contrary vision is revolution, sure, but it’s hardly democratic.
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