Conservative media figures have used extreme and violent rhetoric to drum up support for the GOP in the midterm elections and have warned of the consequences of continued Democratic majorities in Congress.
Conservatives warn of dire consequences of midterm elections
Blankley: "[T]he country will be rocked to its core" if GOP fails to reclaim majority. In an August 9 Washington Times op-ed, Tony Blankley warned that the country will be "rocked to its core" if the GOP doesn't retake the House this fall. He also described a "foul and dangerous brew" that the Republicans will need to counter, a part of which, he said, is "the thwarting of the public will -- with glee -- by the entrenched, non-elected powers (in the courts, media, colleges and government bureaucracies)." After listing all the conservative policies he hopes will be enacted if the Republicans do end up with a majority, Blankley wrote:
No, what worries me is a scenario in which the GOP does not take back the House and at least make major gains in the Senate, or takes it back but fails to find the power to begin having a serious check on administration policies and actions. I don't say that with a mere partisan, boostering mentality.
Rather, if the upcoming election results fail for any reason (including GOP campaign incompetence) to empower the public's overwhelming desire to stop and reverse the "fundamental transformation" of the United States -- I suspect the country will be rocked to its core within the following months and few years.
Conservatives at Right Online conference use extreme rhetoric to stump for GOP votes in midterms. While speaking at the 2010 Right Online conference, held July 23-24, a number of conservative media figures used extreme rhetoric to show support for the GOP in the upcoming midterm elections.
- Radio host Herman Cain expressed his hope that "in November of 2010, we're going to change the house of politicians back to the House of Representatives, the way it was supposed to be" and "take back our government."
- RedState's Erick Erickson, who is also a CNN contributor, stated: "We're coming. We're going to take over." Erickson later attacked the left for being "so wrapped up in this idea that we should all be equal" when, he claimed, "[t]he only way for us to be equal is for us to be slaves ... to government."
- Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund said that "[e]very 75 years is a generation that is called upon to do maximum sacrifices to keep this country free" and that "you're the next generation." He went on to say that former Democratic pollster Pat Caddell "says the polls he looks at shows this country is in a pre-revolutionary mentality."
- After saying that the United States had won against the British Empire, German militants, Nazis, and communists, radio host Kirby Wilbur declared: "We're at a crossroads in American history where on November 2, we will decide if we are the America of Van Jones and Reverend Wright and Saul Alinsky or the America of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson."
- Fox News host Andrew Napolitano told the audience that they were one of the few generations "granted the role of defending freedom in its maximum hour of danger."
IBD op-ed: Republicans may take over in November, but even that "will not necessarily stop Obama." In an Investor's Business Daily op-ed titled, "Will Washington's failures lead to second American Revolution?" Ernest S. Christian, a Ford administration official, and Gary A. Robbins, a Reagan administration official, wrote:
Opinion polls suggest that in the November mid-term elections, voters will replace the present Democratic majority in Congress with opposition Republicans -- but that will not necessarily stop Obama.
A President Obama intent on achieving his transformative goals despite the disagreement of the American people has powerful weapons within reach. In one hand, he will have a veto pen to stop a new Republican Congress from repealing ObamaCare and the Dodd-Frank takeover of banks.
In the other, he will have a fistful of executive orders, regulations and Obama-made fiats that have the force of law.
The overgrown, un-pruned power of the presidency to reward, punish and intimidate may now be so overwhelming that his re-election in 2012 is already assured -- Chicago-style.
Conservative media frequently warn of upcoming "civil war" and "revolution"
Geller: Obama "is itching for a civil war. And at the rate he is going, he is going to get one." In a June 23 post at Atlas Shrugs titled "Forecast: Blood On The Streets," Pamela Geller wrote that "It is increasingly clear that the most divisive President in history is itching for a civil war. And at the rate he is going, he is going to get one -- if he continues to ignore the will of the American people."
Savage: "We're going to have a revolution in this country"; "These people are pushing the wrong people around." Michael Savage discussed multiculturalism and predicted in August 2009: "This is not going to go on in this country much longer. We're going to have a revolution in this country if this keeps up. These people are pushing the wrong people around." Savage further said that "the rage has reached a boil. If they keep pushing us around, and if we keep having these schmucks running for office catering to the multicultural people who are destroying the culture of this country ... guaranteed the people -- the white male in particular."
Quinn called for "riots": "Our country was built on revolution, and it's about time we took it back." Discussing health care reform in September 2009, Jim Quinn stated, "You have got to say no to this, and if they push this through, you need to riot in the streets. You need to riot in the streets." He further said, "Our country was built on revolution and it's about time we took it back. These people are dangerous," and, "It's about time to put an end to this leftist control of this country, and if a revolution is what it takes, damn it, then that's what it's going to take, because liberty will not be denied."
Chuck Norris: "[W]ill history need to record a second American Revolution?" In his March 9, 2009, column for WorldNetDaily.com, actor and political activist Chuck Norris wrote: "How much more will Americans take? When will enough be enough? And, when that time comes, will our leaders finally listen or will history need to record a second American Revolution? We the people have the authority according to America's Declaration of Independence." Norris also wrote: "On Glenn Beck's radio show last week, I quipped in response to our wayward federal government, 'I may run for president of Texas.' That need may be a reality sooner than we think."
Limbaugh: LA's Arizona boycott "is the kind of stuff that starts civil wars" and "is not accidental." On the May 20 edition of his radio show, Rush Limbaugh claimed that Obama won't enforce the border because he's trying to win the Hispanic vote. Limbaugh then referred to the Arizona boycott by the city of Los Angeles over the state's immigration law, saying that "[t]his is the kind of stuff that starts civil wars, folks. This is not coincidental. It is not accidental. And the answer today to virtually every question you've got is liberalism."
Savage: "I almost feel as though Obama's trying to create a civil war in America for his own reasons." On the June 18 edition of his radio show, Savage said: "This administration has produced a turmoil in the American people unseen since -- I don't know, what? What should I say? Since World War II? I've never seen anything like this. Should I go back to the Civil War? I almost feel as though Obama's trying to create a civil war in America for his own reasons."
Beck suggested Obama is "trying to destroy the country" and is pushing America toward civil war. While discussing the ongoing controversy over Arizona's immigration law, Glenn Beck told listeners on his radio show that "we are being pushed" toward civil war and that Obama is "trying to destroy the country."
Quoting Jefferson, Beck warned about "rivers of blood." On his Fox News show, Beck quoted a letter by Thomas Jefferson warning " 'if they lose freedom' -- he's speaking of us, future generations -- 'if they lose freedom, there will be rivers of blood.' " Beck continued in his own words, "Boy, I hope that's not true, but I can tell you there will be rivers of blood if we don't have values and principles."
Beck: "There is a coup going on. There is a stealing of America." Beck has claimed that "there is a revolution, and they think they can get away with it quietly," adding: "At this point, gang, I'm not sure, they may be able to because they are so far ahead of us. They know what they're dealing against; most of America does not yet. Most of America doesn't have a clue as to what's going on. There is a coup going on. There is a stealing of America, and the way it is done, it has been done through the -- the guise of an election, but they lied to us the entire time." He also said, "And they're gonna say, 'we did it democratically,' and they are going to grab power every way they can. And God help us in an emergency."
Beck suggested that progressives support "armed insurrection." After Obama signed health care reform legislation into law, Beck suggested that progressives support "armed insurrection" and asked: "Why would the president take up immigration right away, after he's just punched you in the face with health care?"
Beck suggested Pelosi and Obama support "pick[ing] up a gun" to advance "revolution." Beck has also said that "violence is the wrong way to go," but asked his viewers: "You'd pick up a gun? Have you ever thought of that?" He then pointed to several pictures, including images of Obama and Pelosi, and stated: "These people have. Because possibly, maybe the question should be asked, maybe they're tired of evolution, and maybe they are waiting for revolution." Beck also said: "Haven't we just been spanked? Hasn't most of the country -- doesn't most of the country feel like they've been spanked over health care? You bet. I do, you do. A lot of people do."
Bob Owens: "[O]ne would be wise to prepare for possible conflict." Responding to a commenter about a previous post, Confederate Yankee blogger Bob Owens wrote:
We have moved "closer to midnight" not because of any singular act , but because of inertia of a political class that does not respect or enforce the laws, or this nation's sovereignty. We have diametrically opposed views of how our nation can and should be run, and it appears that there is very little room left for negotiation.
Propagandists for the elitists at Media Matters seem troubled by A Nation on the Edge of Revolt. They portray it as a threat when "Conservative media figures openly discuss armed revolution."
I hope they do feel threatened. Attempts at peaceable protests have been met at turns by feigned ignorance, then mockery, then attacks on the character and motives of those would not sit quietly by. Perhaps it will take a serious review of our capacity for violence to get them to realize we shall not surrender our individual liberties to their lust for power.
I have not yet been swayed to the point of view that an armed conflict is inevitable, TN_NamVolunteer. But we are close enough that one would be wise to prepare for a possible conflict, just as one would prepare for any coming storm.