Today is “military dictatorship day” (per Ed Morrissey) in which there is speculation from all sides about whether Obama would be removed in a coup or assume dictatorial powers.
Crazy, huh? The left-wing blogosphere, in particular, is in a tizzy about this threat to the Republic.
Well let’s remember that not long ago, some left-wing blogs and pundits were arguing — with an apparently straight face — that George Bush might mount a coup or refuse to relinquish power:
- On election eve in 2004, Bill Moyers stated that he feared Bush would mount a coup if he lost the election to John Kerry: “I think if Kerry were to win this in a — in a tight race, I think there’d be an effort to mount a coup, quite frankly.”
- In December 2006, the Brad Blog ran a poll asking “When will George Bush Leave Office?” accompanied by a picture of a bloodied and bruised Bush. Almost one quarter of the readers voted that Bush would stay on past his second term.
- Two Commondreams.org authors wrote an article in July 2007, saying that “It is time to think about the ‘unthinkable.’ The Bush Administration has both the inclination and the power to cancel the 2008 election.”
- Michael Reynolds at Donklephant.com wrote a post titled, Sure This Isn’t Argentina? in which he stated: “We have, in short, a president who believes that he is the only law. So, I’ll ask again: are you sure that he will leave when his time is up?”
Conspiracy theorists know no single political party or political philosophy. The military is not going to overthrow Obama, and Obama is not going to grab hold of the military to establish a dictatorship.
We’ll have to get rid of Democratic hegemony the old fashioned way, at the ballot box. In just 13 months.
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