Tea Party Activists Scheme to Block Obama Inauguration

The countdown begins and in just a few short weeks, we will get to witness the swearing in of President Mitt Romney.

Wait, what?

Yes, just when you thought the election was over, and Tea Party zealots were content to drown their sorrows in salty tears and secession petitions, one group of Republican enthusiasts have come up with a last minute scheme to undo the second term of President Barack Obama. They are plotting to take over the electoral college.

Via the Idaho Statesman, some Republicans, including a Utah lawmaker, are floating a theory that if enough states refuse to participate in the electoral college then a quorum could not be reached, and President Obama would not be elected to a second term. The idea is being touted by Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips, and is being taken seriously by others in the party frustrated with their election day defeat.

Of course, there’s little surprise that GOP stalwarts are considering warping the electoral college process to meet their own nefarious ends. After all, this is the party that has written defending the electoral college against any form of modification into their own platform, reaffirming at the last convention that a party plank their utter opposition to any popular vote “scheme.” “We oppose the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact or any other scheme to abolish or distort the procedures of the Electoral College. We recognize that an unconstitutional effort to impose ‘national popular vote’ would be a mortal threat to our federal system and a guarantee of corruption as every ballot box in every state would become a chance to steal the presidency.”

A president elected by the majority of voters would be a “mortal threat” to democracy.† Misusing the constitution and the electoral college to try to block a rightfully elected president from being sworn in? Well, that’s just good politics.

Much like the surge of secession petitions that flooded the internet shortly after Obama’s reelection, the electoral college plan is mostly a lashing out by activists and politicians bitter about their loss, which many of them are touting as a sign of the end of America’s constitutional government. Even Idaho State Rep. Sheryl Nuxoll admits that the effort is mostly a symbolic rebellion more than anything. “I think it is very, very sad that we elected our current president, because he is definitely not following (the) Constitution. He is depriving us of our freedoms by all the agencies, and so Ö what Iím thinking is the states are going to have to stand up for our individual rights and for our collective rights,” Nuxoll told the Statesman.

But what looks initially like another sore loser lamentation has a deeper, coded message that would resonate with the fringe of the rightwing — she’s ringing the “state’s rights” bell. Although much of the secession petition signers were just letting loose a little online steam, there is no doubt that for others, the idea of revolution is a much more serious one, as increased militia action and interposition discussion among anti-choice activists have shown us over the last few years.

Obama will be sworn in on January 21st. But the radical push to try to redivide America under the guise of claiming constitutional freedoms have been lost? That’s just getting going.

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Sue H.
sue H4 years ago

I can not stand sore losers and losers they are, bankrupt of any morals or love of country! They only have a love of power and money at the cost of our Democracy!!

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari L5 years ago

If we can't win the election, at least we will organize a coup d'etat! Spoken like true illiterates, that quote the Constitution when it fits their opinions and, when not, wants it disassembled. They should be happy they are not in China, because talk like that would send them to an indoctrination camp.

Conor S.
Conor S5 years ago

If anyone would like to abolish the electoral college by signing my petition, go to https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/abolish-electoral-college-all-50-states/KCHhP0P0.

David C.
David C5 years ago

David F, Are you interested in truth or do you fabricate facts that support your position. You often use post hoc propter hoc arguments. You argue there is a magical change in the economy when there is a changing of the guard in congress or the White House. The US economy is like a massive flywheel. It’s speed changes slowly. Two points.

You say employment growth under Bush was the longest continuous run in history. It was the worst in 70 years, but four years of growth, 2004- 2007. These were housing bubble years. Construction was booming, building houses no one wanted.. In contrast, jobs grew steadily for 10 years, 1992 to 2000, after the Bush1 and Clinton tax increases. The longest job creation run: 13 years, 1962-1974 when Dems dominated congress.

You say small deficits in the Clinton years can be ascribed to R control of the House. In fact, spending increased substantially but revenues increased even faster. Spending increased 50% 1992 to 2000 ($1,476 bn to $2,214 bn in inflation adjusted 2005 $$) but revenues increased 57% ($1,467 bn, to $2,309 bn). Revenues in 2000 were 20.5% of GDP, the highest since the ultra-high tax years of WW2. High revenues was due to both tax rate and a strong economy. This highlights the absurdity of the R mantra that higher taxes kill the economy. The best job creation and the smallest deficits in 40 years AFTER tax increase

Guess I’m wasting my time. You are in a “mid made up – don’t confuse me

Linda McKellar
Past Member 5 years ago

Very well put Cletus. Never really thought of it that way but quite true. If we didn't have the point of view of those ignorant of what they speak, our comments wouldn't shine nearly as brightly. Gee whizz, thanks David! LOL. Have a great weekend all.

Susan Allen
SusanAWAY Allen5 years ago

Point taken Cletus; point taken :)

Cletus W.
Cletus W.5 years ago

Susan A. and Linda M.: I know that the kind of relentless, purposeful ignorance so proudly displayed by David F. is irritating. But do not despair! And do not wish him "away". He and his ilk are one of the very reasons that the [D]s won the election a month ago! And we should congratulate him on so willingly helping us out in that regard...and god luv him, he seems quite willing to help us yet again in 2014!! He is just another proud poster-child for the malignant rightwing underbelly....the very kind of mindless idiot that caused all those self-inflicted wounds to the [R] party this past election.

We should cherish the fact that rightwing idiots are stupid enough to repeatedly and proudly use their free speech rights to prove just how stupid they are. Those wise men who wrote the Bill of Rights and who gave us the most LIBERAL of all our rights -- free speech -- had dip-shits like David F. DIRECTLY in mind. They realized that the patriots among us need to be forewarned of any and all malignancy that is afoot in the country...and what better way than to have the malignancy freely choose to announce itself.....just as David does every time he posts.

Susan Allen
SusanAWAY Allen5 years ago

Thanks to Kevin B., Cletus W. and Linda M. for dealing with David F. I'm so tired of him. I really do wish he'd just give it up and go away. As usual every statistic he posts is BS.

Linda McKellar
Past Member 5 years ago

Meanwhile you guys, notice David STILL has not answered MY question of Dec 4 @1106pm in spite of repeated requests. He has avoided it like the plague because he simply can't! COWARD fits. SELFISH fits. DENIAL fits. FALSEHOODS fits. INDOCTRINATED fits. Yeah, I'm just a Commie ie his equivalent of a snivelling, lazy, benefit sucking vortex of a Socialist. For his info, I do not qualify as Socialist or Capitalist but believe in a combination of ideologies so that the public good is the best served. The public is, after all, the backbone of any nation, not a few rich snots most of whom inherited their wealth & undeserved & supposed stature in society from their ancestors who were variously bootleggers, gun runners, etc. or accrued it by screwing others. Ah, a heritage of which they can be SO proud. And these are the proud folks David cares to emulate & hold up as icons.