Paul Adair is a 21-year Germantown resident, retired scientist, writer, and lecturer.
There have been several recent news stories about self-proclaimed "patriotic" Americans who do not have the interests of our country at heart. A few people who wrap themselves in our Constitution and flag are advocating secession, a military coup-d'etat, or even widespread armed rebellion.
The most publicized of these treasonous actions emerged from the Cliven Bundy media circus. Old Cliven himself is not a traitor. A thief who is stealing from US taxpayers?-Yes. A senile old racist fool?- For sure. However, much more troublesome are the armed separatists who, agitated by Fox "News", flocked to Nevada to confront American agents and to block justice.
These weapon-toting thugs, most of whom do not accept the authority of the US government, are just looking for an excuse for an armed insurrection. Speaking to a crowd at the Bundy ranch, the leader of one of the groups stated that America is “staring a civil war in its bloody face."
Some of the violent subversives even took-up sniper positions, drawing beads on law enforcement officers. They try to give themselves an air of legitimacy by calling themselves "militia," or even more unbelievably, "patriots". Going way beyond free speech or demonstration, these traitors to America want nothing better than to destroy our country. If that is not treason, then what is ?
Others do not favor a general civil war, but would welcome a military coup, destroying our civilian democracy in the process. Rev. Rick Joyner, of the mega-religion Morningstar Ministries, has been calling for a coup-d'etat for months. He is encouraging God to bring about a military overthrow. In a September 2013 video, Joyner said that "There is no way our Republic can last much longer...Our only hope is a military takeover; martial law". In Rev. Rick's scrambled world view, the only way to save our republic is to destroy it.
Far-right bloviator Larry Klayman has also been advocating revolution. He organized the epic failure, November 2013 "revolt" in Washington. Tens of people showed-up after Klayman encouraged protestors to “descend on Washington, D.C., en masse, and demand that he (President Obama) leave town and resign from office if he does not want to face prison time” for pushing “his Muslim, socialist, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, anti-white, pro-illegal immigrant, pro-radical gay and lesbian agenda.”
However, it seemed like there were more on-lookers and reporters at Klayman's event than actual protestors. Not learning a lesson from past flops, another "mass" protest event is planned for this very week in Washington.
Operation American Spring has been set for May 16 (this Friday). This delusional group, headed by retired Col. Harry Riley, believes that up to 10 million "patriots" will descend on Washington for a rally. Then, one million will stay until such politicians as "Obama, Biden, Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi, and AG Holder (are) removed from office". Inside Riley's pea-brain, even John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are raving socialists.
In the next stage of American Spring's little revolution, politicians deemed worthy would set-up "a tribunal and assume positions of authority to convene investigations, (and) recommend appropriate charges against politicians." Riley's imaginary Kafkaesque court will dish-out appropriate punishments for those deposed leaders found guilty of crimes to be determined later.
In December, another Operation American Spring organizer, Jim Garrow, ominously warned, "The revolution will start and if the people are prepared, the guerrilla war that Obama fears will begin." In January, Garrow said,"It's time to revolt. Frankly, it is. It is time to overthrow that which is illegal."
The American Spring event also gets support from retired Gen. Paul Vallely, who told an Arizona Tea Party group in December that he got a call from a man asking, ‘If I give you 250,000 Marines to go to Washington, will you lead them?” to which Vallely responded, ‘Yes, I will, I’ll surround the White House and I’ll surround the Capitol building, but it’s going to take physical presence to do things.”
This traitorous former General, willing to lead a military takeover of the US further stated, “I don’t want to be criticized for starting a revolution, but I’d certainly head it if we had to. We all love a good fight if it’s worth it, right?” Thanks anyway, General. We want to keep our elected civilian government. This is not Nicaragua.
If last year's "mass uprisings" are any indication, this week's Operation American Spring rally will end-up being yet another flop. The DC beltway tie-up that was to have thousands of trucks converging on the capital drew maybe 30. The "2-million Biker" event was off by 3 orders of magnitude. The November 2013 "revolt" to force the President out of office hardly needed more than one Port-a-Potty.
There are a few wing-nuts calling for dissolution of the United States through secession, advocating a military coup, or desiring a guerrilla war against America. These jerks can't get the America that they want by peaceful means, so they want to force their bizarre world views on the rest of us through the barrel of a gun. Let's call those who advocate insurrection and sedition exactly what they are- traitors to our country and to the American way of life. As traitors, they should be dealt with as the criminals they are, through our legal system.