“…And if you’re inclined to storm off like a drama-queen reality show contestant — if you’re inclined to “Go Galt” as so many conservatives threatened to do four years ago — then run off into the forest and live off the grid for while until you calm down from your post-election hysteria. While you’re there, wise up….” Bob Cesca
Conservatism is dead, deader than a doornail, talked to death by Rush Limbaugh, or so they say. Bill Bennett has declared it dead. Grover Norquist’s protect the ultra wealthy anti-tax movement is on life support. Some are suggesting the plug be pulled. They have turned in to dishonest creeps, jerks, and just plain ignorant wretches who don’t mind swimming with all the other bottom feeders.
Ever heard of the Smith Act? There are times when The Pink Flamingo fears that even those in positions of power and rank either don’t know, or don’t give a damn. It’s no longer about the country, but winning losing. It is not about what is right for the country. It is about the money. It’s about individuals who are still in such denial that they still don’t understand how their terribly flawed candidate went down in flames, taking the party with him.
There is nothing The Pink Flamingo dislikes more than true believers, unless we are dealing with either opera or baseball. Those are the only two exceptions. I have a friend who would put college football in that classification. I would not. It’s my blog.
The problem with true believers is that they are fanatics. When a person is a fanatic, you never know when they might insult a well deserving Yankees’ fan.
Right now, the US is all atwitter, about discussion about those adorable little secession petitions. His supporters, including Stormfront and other darling little white supremacists, can’t accept the fact that he lost. Neither can he, blaming it on the free gifts Obama gave to minorities.
“...In 1940, the Alien Registration Act, or “Smith Act”, was passed, which made it a federal crime to advocate or to teach the desirability of overthrowing the United States Government, or to be a member of any organization which does the same….”
“…Obama, however, does not have the power to grant secession. In the 1868 case of Texas v. White, the Supreme Court addressed whether Texas had legally seceded from the United States during the Civil War and held that the Constitution created an indestructible and perpetual union: “The Constitution, in all of its provisions, looks to an indestructible Union composed of indestructible States. When, therefore, Texas became one of the United States, she entered into an indissoluble relation.” Law professor Michael Dorf has concluded that a state may need a super-majority in Congress or even a constitutional amendment in order to secede.
Nevertheless, Fox News host Sean Hannity gave credence to the secession movement, something he has done before. On the November 13 edition of his show, Hannity interviewed Daniel Miller, president of the pro-secession Texas Nationalist Movement. Miller was previously the president of the “Republic of Texas,” and in that capacity was included in an Anti-Defamation League “Rogue’s Gallery” of extremists.
While Hannity suggested that secession might not be the best solution, he did not suggest at any point that secession was not a serious alternative for those who oppose Obama. Indeed, Hannity asked Miller to “explain constitutionally … where you see the right to” secede….”
From Kevin Levin at Civil War Memory:
“...It does give you a sense of how disconnected our understanding of secession has become from the events that took place in the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s election in November 1860. As a historical concept rooted in the Civil War era it is almost meaningless. My favorite petition is from the good folks of the state of Washington, who decided to quote the preamble of the Declaration of Independence as justification. You just can’t beat quoting a document rooted in revolution (as opposed to secession) that specifically points out that, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” What exactly happened last week?
Ultimately, the image of thousands of Americans logging onto the official website of their government and requesting the right to secede is a sign of this nation’s strength. I say, sign away. In fact, I may spend some time this morning signing a few of my favorites. I may start one for Massachusetts. Why should we miss out on all the fun….”
The Pink Flamingo is coming to truly despise the far right. Erick Rush wrote an op-ed for the Canada Free Press, that basically advocates a civil war.
“...The failure of the Republican leadership to pursue an investigation of the balloting almost suggests what some Americans have asserted for years. These folks are almost completely disenfranchised politically, and are regarded as fringe dwellers, even by most conservatives. Their assertion being that for many years, the job of the Republican leadership has essentially been to run interference for the Democrats’ advancement of socialism. Why? Because the interests of the power brokers on both sides transcend parties. They have decided that America – and probably the world, eventually – will be an oligarchical collective, a global slave state managed by narcissistic elites whose nests have long since been feathered.
In such a case, it will take nothing short of Divine Intervention or civil war to save America….”
David Rushton is a far right slug who lives in Costa Rica. He thinks The US is dead. He thinks God-fearing Americans should move to Costa Rica. Good, take the secessionist, please.
“...I have challenged people to tell me one good thing Obama did for the United States in four years. So far nobody has come up with anything. He has plundered our national finances and squandered billions of dollars on unworthy causes when those resources were desperately needed to bring the country out of the financial pit into which we had fallen due to greed and mismanagement.
I noticed before the election that church leaders were, by and large, silent. I heard that some were praying and a few Catholic Bishops and Priests told their people not to vote for the Dictator. This bears an eerie resemblance to Germany in the ‘30s. The German church leaders dared not protest. The German courts rubberstamped Hitler’s agenda. And by the time some church leaders had the guts to stand up to him it was too late and they ended their days in the concentration camps. I read on Sunday that one Baptist Mega church Pastor finally told his people the truth about Obama. He said that the Christians of America must stand against this evil and beat it, in the ballot box. Does he know the election has already taken place and that evil has already won? The American practice of allowing deductions from taxes for giving to non-profit (church) organizations is a two edged sword. It supports free religion. But at the same time it forces the church leaders to withhold comment on the government in order to keep their tax-exempt status. Many have been threatened by the IRS in recent years that if they speak politically their tax-free status will be withdrawn. Obviously that would have a serious affect on the amount Americans give to churches and other non-profits. Could that have anything to do with their silence before this momentous election? Did those pastors put their own jobs ahead of their duty to lead their people?
Reigning in the Dictator
The next election in which any changes can take place is two years away. In that election 33 Senators will stand for reelection. If all 33 were replaced by true American Patriots we might have a chance of reigning in the Dictator. But judging by the recent past there is not much hope that the Congress will be changed to one that actually represents the people of the United States..
America was founded on a foolproof system with three parts of government, a system like no other in the world. Our forefathers wanted to make sure that no King or Dictator ever held power over this Nation like the King of England had done. We had a President, a Congress and a Supreme Court. Each of them was designed to balance the other. Yet, in his first term Obama overrode the balance of power and ignored both legislative and judicial branches of our government. He has the Senate firmly in his control and a Supreme Court of wimps who have already shown themselves to be heavily weighted on the side of Liberalism.
The Supreme Court and the Congress have rejected God and the people will suffer.
I am still a Patriotic American Citizen but I know there is nothing I can do to reverse the course of madness simply by staying in the country. This is why we and many other American patriots have been forced to leave the dictatorship that was once our home and move to peaceful Costa Rica where we can still worship God in freedom….”
The problem with people like this is the fact that many of those so-called patriots are also involved in some sort of ponzi scheme, con artists, or other criminal involvement. We see this over and over again with those involved in the CofCC, League of the South, and various white supremacist groups.
The closeted racism of the far right is now quite evident. Romney blames his loss on Obama bribing minority voters with gifts. It appears as though just the sight of a minority voter is enough for some Republicans to scream vote fraud. All of this, together with the war on women, and the war on Hispanics is enough to turn people away from the far right.
The Pink Flamingo is as conservative today as I was a year ago, or even five years ago. I am so disgusted with the far right, with the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, FOX News, etc. that I will never again call myself “A Conservative”. The entire movement has become an embarrassment.
We have “conservative” sources that are even embracing secession. It is illegal. It is reason. They are violating the Smith Act. They could go to prison, lose their right to vote, and could be kicked out of the country. Evidently they are such spoiled, selfish brats that they don’t comprehend rules apply even to them.
“...Not only is it illegal, but it’s technically an act of treason as defined by the Constitution, and it was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Texas v. White. Furthermore, the secessionists aren’t merely condemning the Obama administration, secession is by definition a categorical rejection of the United States and its Constitution, say nothing of the beloved Pledge of Allegiance, which specifically includes the word “indivisible” right after the word “God.” I thought these things were sacrosanct to conservatives….”
I think this says it all. They’ve lost their minds. In doing so, they’ve basically destroyed the GOP and the conservative movement. May it rest in peace and not be revived as a zombie party of Rush Limbaugh vampires.
Let’s face it, it’s the dishonesty, stupid.