No. Violence is not an acceptable response to electoral defeat.

Gov. Matt Bevin, Republican of Kentucky, spoke to the Christian conservative Values Voter Summit last weekend in Washington, D.C.  This is part of what he had to say:

“Somebody asked me yesterday, I did an interview and they said, ‘Do you think it’s possible, if Hillary Clinton were to win the election, do you think it’s possible that we’ll be able to survive? That we would ever be able to recover as a nation?’

“And while there are people who have stood on this stage and said we would not, I would beg to differ. But I will tell you this: I do think it would be possible, but at what price? At what price? The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what? The blood, of who? The tyrants to be sure, but who else? The patriots. Whose blood will be shed? It may be that of those in this room. It might be that of our children and grandchildren. I have nine children. It breaks my heart to think that it might be their blood that is needed to redeem something, to reclaim something, that we through our apathy and our indifference have given away.”

The layers of dangerous nonsense in such talk are manifold.

In the past few weeks we’ve seen people go all but apoplectic because a black football player simply declined to stand for the national anthem. We’ve seen demands that Colin Kaepernick be fired from his job; Donald Trump even suggested that Kaepernick leave the country.

Yet here we have an elected leader, raised to one of the highest positions of authority in the land, publicly advocating armed insurrection as a valid and even necessary response to political defeat. This isn’t some powerless, frustrated 20-year-old spouting off, this is a 49-year-old governor who has raised his right hand and solemnly sworn to “support the Constitution of the United States.” Yet here he is, suggesting that violence may be the only recourse of patriots should someone other than his choice be elected president under the terms and processes laid out in that same Constitution.

The violence envisioned by Bevin would be perpetrated against “tyrants”, which would presumably include duly elected leaders such as President Hillary Clinton, should she win that post. In Bevin’s mind, he and other like-minded Christian souls would not only have the right but the obligation to “redeem” the country from such a decision with their own blood and that of others.

This is dangerous, volatile and profoundly irresponsible. It is the paranoiac gutter talk of the worst recesses of the Internet given voice by a person in power to an apparently receptive audience in our nation’s capital, and down that path lies disaster.

 

 

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TruthReallyHurts
TruthReallyHurts

"Your comment has not supporting facts, just your opinion that means very little at this point"


Well @Lee30519 , how about this FACT:  The only subgroup Trump is winning is white men without college degrees. Like I said, deplorable, under-educated rubes.

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

Something funny in that blue grass.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Delta is ready when you are. Whomever is elected, someone will be disappointed.  Funny that the "Law and Order" party is starting to talk of armed insurrection. I guess that meets the definition of deplorable!

TomGaff
TomGaff

It has been fun, time to go watch Judge Judy, while the rest of you return to the Cartoon Network of CNN!

JamVet
JamVet

@TomGaff

"He's not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He's not gonna go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down," the GOP presidential nominee said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." 

Host George Stephanopoulos pushed back, saying, "Well, he's already there, isn't he?"

"OK, well, he's there in a certain way," Trump responded.

"But I'm not there. 

That's your guy!

rimsky
rimsky

@JayBook Whatever you write the topic will go back to Hillary and Trump.

honested
honested

Yo chumpers....


When does 'supply side' begin to benefit most Americans?

JamVet
JamVet

The tea party was the lunatic fringe of the GOP's lunatic fringe

The alt-righters are the lunatic fringe of the tea party lunatic fringe.

And their lament in November?

We didn't do a good enough job of getting our lunatic, lunatic, lunatic fringe message out!

JamVet
JamVet

@Lee30519 @JamVet

The Bureau of Land Management should have taken out the traitorous mooch Bundy when they had the chance...

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

but squirrels are squirrels, and well squirrel squirrel squirrel!

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

The guy who set up Hilary's home grown server didn't even have a security clearance. GREAT judgment there Madame secretary! About as smart as exposing your grand daughter to pneumonia!

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

I suggest you read today's transcript. Or keep making a fool of yourself. It matters not to me.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Google broke? Or are you just willingly ignorant?

ByteMe
ByteMe

@DownInAlbany You have no idea what you're talking about, so you might as well sit down and let the adults talk.

rimsky
rimsky

Folks I put this little thing about why Trump has 500 LLCs.  

When his one property is fully depreciated he sells it to his other LLC where the depreciation starts all over again.  I don't know if it is legal but that is how he reduces his taxes.

Regular people including Trumpettes do not have those privileges.  I bet Mr. Albany might enlighten us about that.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

It's called tax planning. Nothing illegal about when done correctly.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

I guess it's my fault that he is obviously smarter than you?

rimsky
rimsky

@DownInAlbany If you are talking about dodging taxes of course he is.  As far as inventing something he is a total zero.

BTW how many Patents does Trump have in the field of science.

Lee30519
Lee30519

Republicans said Clinton was sick....Days later proven right once again.

honested
honested

@Lee30519 

Hillary said the chump base is essentially scum.....

We already knew that!

BinderLady
BinderLady

@Lee30519  Hey Lee30519, what do you think about Trump not releasing his taxes.

JamVet
JamVet

Trumps "doctor" - He is the healthiest man I have ever seen even if he is 70 pounds overweight.

TomGaff
TomGaff

@JamVet About the same as Hillary, Only problem is she is 5'3 and he is 6'4!

Paul42
Paul42

@JamVet

Obese.

Boy, some of his supporters are going to get more steamed by that term than they were by 'racist.'

BinderLady
BinderLady

Hey, I bet that whenever the IRS workers see the media and us talking about Trump taxes they are falling over themselves with laughter because I'm sure that they see fraud and lies on the taxes.  I bet they go to lunch having a laugh everyday about Trumps lying taxes.

ByteMe
ByteMe

Moments after Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, sidestepped questions about the GOP nominee’s health in an interview, saying he has a “right to privacy,” she slammed Hillary Clinton for allowing secrecy about her health to overshadow the anniversary of 9/11.

Consistency is the hobgoblin of orderly minds.

honested
honested

@ByteMe 

While inconsistency seems to draw wrong-wing nuts and chump scum.

BinderLady
BinderLady

@ByteMe  Kellyanne, is that her name.  That fits her.  She reminds me of the Stepford wife, she only looks straight ahead when they talk to her. I think that they told her not to make any eye contact with anyone, because she can't hold a straight face without almost laughing at the things that are coming out of her mouth.