Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
We have a certain commentor here at Blog for Arizona who has been posting comments of late about "secession" from the U.S. I can only assume he listens to the likes of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck over at Faux News who have been fomenting this kind of extremist nonsense among the wingnuts since last November's election.
On Wednesday, the "Minnesota Loon" (small joke, it is the state bird of Minnesota) Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on wingnut Sean Hannity's radio show, and sharply reiterated her calls for revolution in America:
At this point the American people – it's like Thomas Jefferson said, a revolution every now and then is a good thing. We are at the point, Sean, of revolution. And by that, what I mean, an orderly revolution — where the people of this country wake up get up and make a decision that this is not going to happen on their watch. It won't be our children and grandchildren that are in debt. It is we who are in debt, we who will be bankrupting this country, inside of ten years, if we don't get a grip. And we can't let the Democrats achieve their ends any longer.
And there was this exchange:
Bachmann: Right now I'm a member of Congress. And I believe that my job here is to be a foreign correspondent, reporting from enemy lines. And people need to understand, this isn't a game. this isn't just a political talk show that's happening right now. This is our very freedom, and we have 230 years, a continuous link of freedom that every generation has ceded to the next generation. This may be the time when that link breaks. And I'm going to do everything I can, I know you are, to make sure that we keep that link secure. We cannot allow that link to break, because as Reagan said, America is the last great hope of mankind. where do we go–
Hannity: The last great hope of man on this Earth.
Bachmann: Do we get into an inner tube and float 90 miles to some free country? There is no free country for us to repair to. That's why it's up to us now. The founders gave everything they had to give us this freedom. Now it's up to us to give everything we can to make sure that our kids are free, too. It's that serious. I hate to be dramatic, but–
Hannity: It's not — you are not overstating this case, Congresswoman, and you don't need to apologize for it. And as a matter of fact, it's refreshing. And I can tell you, all around this country, on 535 of the best radio stations in this country, people are saying "Amen," "Hallelujah", "where have you been?"
So Michelle Bachman and Sean Hannity view the U.S. government as a "foreign enemy." They must also view the vast majority of their fellow American citizens who elected this government and rejected their wingnut extremist politics as a "foreign enemy." The paranoid schizophrenic delusions of these wingnut extremists has crossed the line into advocating the overthrow of the government, and law enforcement had better take notice and take it seriously. These people are more than a few bricks short of a load.
Before Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck form their "Faux News Brigade" militia of wingnut extremist chickenhawks (none of these gas bags have served in the military) to overthrow the government of the United States and make Michelle Bachman a general in their conservative revolution, they had better consult their attorneys. There is a law against this kind of thing US CODE: Title 18,2385. Advocating overthrow of Government:
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; or
Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or
Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—
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.
If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each 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.
As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.
UPDATE 3/28/09: Video from Countdown with Keith Olbermann below the fold (Interview with Jonathan Alter). Time for the GOP leadership to rein in this loose canon. Any member of Congress, and any citizen by the way, may file an ethics complaint with the Congress – something my friends and relatives back in Minnesota may want to consider.