Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Right-wing Nutcase Alert

John L. Perry, writing in Newsmax, seriously suggests that military intervention may be necessary against President Obama to carry out "a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution." And that's not the only crazy thing he writes in the article. The whole thing is a litany of hysterical exaggeration and outright lunacy. Here's an example,

Military intervention is what Obama’s exponentially accelerating agenda for “fundamental change” toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama’s radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible.

Unthinkable? Then think up an alternative, non-violent solution to the Obama problem. Just don’t shrug and say, “We can always worry about that later.”

Insane conspiracy theories and extremist rhetoric against the president were common from the left during the Bush years. Now that Obama is president, the whackjobs have come out of the woodwork on the right. There has always been a lunatic fringe on both sides, and the left's was front and center under Bush. After having to constantly deal with ridiculous conspiracy theories, assumption of evil motives, and hysterical idiocy of all sorts, it is extremely annoying to find the same type of noxious garbage now being shoveled by people on the right.

People like John L. Perry are the best friends possible for Obama and liberal Democrats. They allow the administration and its supporters to paint all opposition as irrational right-wing extremism, based on hatred and fear. That makes it far easier to dismiss legitimate criticism and override opposition. Every sane person on the right needs to speak out and condemn Perry's poisonous and borderline treasonous ravings. And as for Newsmax, I strongly support free speech and freedom of the press, but how about exercising  some basic editorial judgment? Is that too much to ask?


  1. The best thing anyone can do to their country is provide reasonable, loyal opposition to its policies, a reasonable loyal opposition of ideas. You are amongst the reasonable right-wingers who do so.

  2. Thanks. I've seen a lot of paranoia and hysterical overreaction to Obama on the right, but I think Perry's is about the worst yet.