Republicans Wage America’s Second Civil War Over an Imaginary Loss of Freedom

It is nearly impossible to imagine any American who does not appreciate the concept of freedom, and without a doubt, Americans are as free as any society within the constraints of an ordered society governed by laws. One simple way to enrage Americans, and incite them to violence, is to threaten their freedom, and an escalating trend among Republicans is instigating outrage in the population with overt assertions that President Obama threatens Americans’ freedom. Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed by both houses of Congress, signed by the President, and declared constitutional by the nation’s highest court, an increasing number of Republicans and conservative pundits are parroting the notion that health insurance reform is an “intrusion on freedom,” and now Republicans are attempting to deny funding for the health law by targeting the Internal Revenue Service claiming it is the “new Gestapo” that is “headed in the direction of killing a lot of people.”

First, Republicans know the ACA is not an assault on freedom because they proposed a similar set of reforms in the 1990s with the Heritage Foundation devising the individual mandate that Willard Romney signed into Massachusetts’ law while he was governor. The GOP is having relative success using provocative language to play on the unfounded fears of a Socialist takeover of healthcare among Americans mortified a Black man is sitting in the Oval Office. The incendiary language is not subtle, or lost on a segment of the population that began reacting negatively to President Obama before his administration was under way. The ACA is the main impetus of Republican’s fear-mongering campaign that is as potent today as when healthcare reform first came to the nation’s attention.

In Texas, Rick Perry recently said he would not implement any of the ACA’s portions because he was going to “preserve those individuals’ freedoms,” and reject “socializing healthcare in the state of Texas.” Perry asserted “this federal government, which doesn’t like Texas to begin with – comes up with some data that says somehow Texas has the worst healthcare system in the world, and it is just fake and false on its face.” Perry is partly right, Texas may not have the worst healthcare system in the world, but it is worst in the nation, and 25% of its population lacks any healthcare coverage. Despite Texas having horrid healthcare delivery issues, it is the language Perry uses that incites suspicion and opposition to President Obama and more importantly, the federal government. Perry is hardly an isolated case.

Willard Romney is traveling the country informing supporters that the ACA is “government takeover of your healthcare” and that “Obamacare puts the federal government between you and your doctor,” even though it is nearly identical to the reform Romney championed while governor of Massachusetts. Again, it is the language Romney uses that keeps ignorant Americans from learning the ACA is not government healthcare and puts citizens on the defensive to protect their freedom to choose their own doctor and insurance carrier. Now, a Republican claims the IRS is the “new Gestapo to garner support for defunding implementation of the ACA.

Maine Governor Paul LePage claimed the Supreme Court’s ruling has “made America less free,” and that “we the people have been told there is no choice,” and “you must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo, the IRS.” During an interview, La Page was asked if he understood what the Gestapo did during World War II, he answered,”Yeah, they killed a lot of people,” and asked whether the IRS “was headed in the direction of killing a lot of people,” he replied,”Yeah.” It is the modus operandi of Republicans to substitute facts about the law with fear-mongering in the vein of Palin’s recent recapitulation that the ACA creates “death panels.” The misinformation and fear-mongering does not end there and Republicans have implied over and over again that good, real Americans will have to take extreme action against the federal government that has been hijacked by a liberal enemy that can only be defeated with armed resistance.

Shortly after the High Court upheld the ACA, Glenn Beck ranted that “Progressives are Fascists! They’re Fascists, and if we don’t wipe out the progressives, those people shoot people who disagree with them.” In 2010, conservatives warned their supporters that Democrats “believe in communism. They believe and have called for a revolution. You’re going to have to shoot them in the head.” In 2011, rotting corpse, Andrew Breitbart told teabaggers that Progressives “can only win a rhetorical and propaganda war. We outnumber them in this country, and we have the guns. I’m not kidding; they will not cross that line because they know what they’re dealing with.” Conservative pundits provoking violence seems to be their only means of engendering support for their cause such as Michelle Bachmann encouraging “my constituents to be armed and dangerous,” or failed Senate candidate Sharon Angle claiming “if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies,” and “the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out.”

On Fox News, Lou Dobbs praised two bloggers who said, “if health care reform were found to be constitutional, it would trigger a violent insurrection against government tyranny that you may call a mandate or you may call it a tax, but it still is tyranny and invites the same response.” Dobbs ended the interview encouraging them to “stay dangerous.” One might be inclined to think conservatives are only inciting opposition to a political agenda, but what they know is that their inflammatory rhetoric will provoke violence which is starting to look like their end-game, and they have had plenty of success since President Obama took office.

The great travesty is that the Republican leadership has never condemned the violent rhetoric from conservatives, and indeed, are part and parcel of the not-so-subtle warnings that the Black man in the Oval Office is a tyrant intent on taking Americans’ freedoms. Instead of publicly rebuking the traitors inciting violent insurrection against government tyranny, Republicans are encouraging fear-mongers tactics because without their lies and misinformation, they would be summarily voted out of office in the next election. Realistically, men like Romney, Boehner, McConnell, and Cantor cannot garner support based on their policies, so they do what comes natural; fear-monger, lie, claim Obama is forcing Americans into Socialism, robbing Americans of the religious liberty, and imposing healthcare takeover with support from the “new Gestapo” that will be “killing a lot of people” if they choose not to purchase health insurance.

Conservatives have had three-and-a-half years to work ignorant, and well-armed, Americans into frenzy over the lie they are losing their freedom because of health insurance reform promoted by their worst nightmare; an African American man who is a fascist, Nazi, and Socialist tyrant. It is beyond belief, but America is in jeopardy of armed insurrection and as heavily-armed conservative Christians, Mormons, and racist hate groups learn Democrats and Progressives have stolen their freedoms, they will hardly need a signal that it is time to start shooting. These are perilous times, and unless Republicans change their ways, they will bear total responsibility for America’s Second Civil War that looks more likely every day.

24 Replies to “Republicans Wage America’s Second Civil War Over an Imaginary Loss of Freedom”

  1. Rmuse, when Clinton was in office, the Right pimped and hustled the same jargon that Clinton was destroying rights in America. Remember the Militia movement? Grown men running around in military fatigues were kicked to the curve by Bush and the Republicans, and the corporate interests became the main thing along with two useless wars. This will be the pattern we will see all the time when a centrist JFK Democratic candidate wins the White House.

  2. History tells us that Civil War will only result in further destabilization of the economy, along with more terror attacks from all sides. It will set us back 20-30 years allowing opening for neo-con coup that will start the republican dictatorship.

    The neo-cons can’t rule any other way; they know, deep inside, the GOP’s time is up. All they have left is to stir “Johnny Rebel” and see if they sticks to the ceiling like cooked pasta…All the FBI has to do is step up their already-in-process-surveillance and start making some arrest…these “Johnny Rebel” types are always cowards who “talk” (to save their own skin) leading to more and more arrest…this is going to look more like “The Mouse Who Roared” than a civil war.

    I think the country can handle this, although, I do agree, that the neo-con predators spreading propaganda for their own personal power are indeed dangerous. The USJD needs to cut off the head off this snake no matter how it appears to “Johnny Rebel” for the sake of us all.

  3. Well, I will say that we (my wife and I) have little freedom, and what freedom we have is dictated by our attempts to tear free of the bondage. Poverty severely constrains the choices one has, and all the talk of freedom is a joke for the poor (often a sick, cruel joke). In fact, one of the aspects of freedom, the ability to not have your every action dictated by another, is far greater in countries like Mexico, where if you take a day off from work (let’s say), the impact is only a fraction of what it is in this country (few people can afford to take a day off as a break except during those times and days dictated by their employers). This is an aspect of freedom that isn’t much talked about in this country, except by social scientists.

    People don’t think about these things, of course. To them freedom means another thing altogether… corporations have so strongly programmed people to their “jobs” that they don’t realize that an important aspect of freedom is missing. They really have little control over their actions and time. They have little “say” in the workplace. The closest they get is -to a degree- having the ability to choose the amount of freedom they have IN the workplace, and that is chosen by education and pure luck.

    Even freedom of speech is in some ways stifled (at least in this area). I cannot use my own real name on many blogs and other venues because if I do, we are liable to experience more violence. I cannot say what I think of the pigs, or speak IRL on a number of topics that I’d like to, because we’d probably be killed (or some other part of our property torched/little loved ones poisoned). Freedom of Religion? That should include freedom FROM religion, and with all of the times “Good Christians” have forced their attentions on us, we often aren’t free if we travel from our home (and until they found out that I’d taught evolution, even being in our yard sometimes meant having to put up with Right Wing “Good Christian” rants and sermons).

    Those jackasses don’t know what Freedom means. They’ve been programmed so deeply that it’s sad. I remember sermons that would be best described as “Slavery = Freedom!”, “Freedom = anarchy and rebellion against God!”, “The less freedom you have, the happier and more Godly you are!”, etc.. They (and admittedly I) ate it up. Now I reject all of that brainwashing and thought control. I just wish that they would wake to it too and turn their backs on their masters and start supporting real freedom.

    The funny thing is that actions such as President Obama has taken in reality increases freedom for the 99%. Freedom from fear of medical disasters is a pretty big thing (although that worthless crooked bastard Scott is trying to prevent it in Florida). Regulation of corporations means more freedom for people… something the people your article is about don’t realize. They don’t seem to see that having an 8 hour work day, days off, pay that’s more than a starvation wage, etc. were only won by regulation of corporations and through the actions of the hated unions. They haven’t read or studied how it was before such laws were enacted… the reason why unions were devised in the first place. How cruel business owners and

    This rhetoric you’re describing is quite frightening, to put it mildly. It’s the very thing that I and others have been talking about and expecting… and it could lead to the violence we’ve been seeing coming along… the violence from the “Good Christians”/Tea Party ilk who so dominate so many areas of this country.

  4. When did the GOP “kick to the curb” the militia movement? They are alive and growing, and all GOP. The GOP loves these guys running around with their machine guns and NRA caps. The NRA loves the GOP, and promotes violence against the elected government. Democrats do NOT incite violence. Democrats do not start wars. Democrats do not vote for tax breaks and de-regulation of the oil industry. Democrats clean up the major messes left by GOP administrations. Time and again. Isn’t it past time for the GOP to be part of the solution, instead of the being the problem?

  5. I am told that we are factually being mapped. However the election goes, something won’t be pleasant. Know the worst and prepare for it, but don’t let fear write the script.

  6. Excellent article you linked to. It’s quite accurate and says much of what needs to be said.

    The sad fact, however, is that the violence is far worse already than most of the public realizes. They’re already hurting people at the local level… both through violent physical attacks (as one of my online friends and regular posters can attest) and through dirty sneak attacks such as arson (such as happened to us). They’re still taking the coward’s path, but it does seem that they’re trying to work up their courage to come out in an open attempt to take over.

  7. I will kindly reply:

    The Militia movement was critical of the PATRIOT Act, and Bush wildly spending American $$$$$$. While some elements of this movement are connected to the NRA, the actual movement criticized him over Federal policy they deemed unconstitutional.

    No argument. They have made some YouTube videos.

  8. The “Spiritual Mapping Project”?

    Fact, and the people those “Good Christians” are targeting and mapping are the ones they consider “Enemies of God” – atheists, LGBT folks, pagans, walkaways, academics (those who don’t teach from a “Biblical point of view”), people who resist them…

    Supposedly they’re mapping centers of devil activity, but in reality they’re mapping out areas of resistance to their hate-filled politics. Scary thought when you consider the rhetoric coming from them.

  9. After the levees failed us here in New Orleans, we learned to make do without the City or State government.

    This civil warmongering is based on fantasies and too many movies.

    We are a people who have not seen civil/religious war on own soil for a century. The French and other war ravaged countries remember the smell of blood in the streets. Which is why only the fringe loonies advocate violence.

    The Teabaggers who press for ‘second amendment’ remedies never dream of the horrors they are calling down on themselves.

  10. It seems as though some southern conservatives (who strongly identify with the Confederacy) are still licking their ideological wounds over the outcome of the “First” Civil War.

  11. Perhaps one of you readers remembers a book by a Russian on an American Civil War…it was during the Bush era and every one laughed at his premise; it was too radical and neo-con draconian.

    As I recall, he said we would divide into 6 territories; not just a north and south thing…
    the rest is a blur. I wish I could remember or figure out how to Google this guy because I think the right wing took him seriously. Anyone?

  12. Found it! Igor Pararin is his name. The Russians think he’s a quack too, but the militia mixed nuts think he’s a god!

    “At the end of the presentation [2008], he [Parain] says many delegates asked him to autograph copies of the map showing a dismembered U.S.

    He based the forecast on classified data supplied to him by FAPSI analysts, he says. He predicts that economic, financial and demographic trends will provoke a political and social crisis in the U.S. When the going gets tough, he says, wealthier states will withhold funds from the federal government and effectively secede from the union. Social unrest up to and including a civil war will follow. The U.S. will then split along ethnic lines, and foreign powers will move in.

    California will form the nucleus of what he calls “The Californian Republic,” and will be part of China or under Chinese influence. Texas will be the heart of “The Texas Republic,” a cluster of states that will go to Mexico or fall under Mexican influence. Washington, D.C., and New York will be part of an “Atlantic America” that may join the European Union. Canada will grab a group of Northern states Prof. Panarin calls “The Central North American Republic.” Hawaii, he suggests, will be a protectorate of Japan or China, and Alaska will be subsumed into Russia.

    “It would be reasonable for Russia to lay claim to Alaska; it was part of the Russian Empire for a long time.” A framed satellite image of the Bering Strait that separates Alaska from Russia like a thread hangs from his office wall. “It’s not there for no reason,” he says with a sly grin.

    Interest in his forecast revived this fall when he published an article in Izvestia, one of Russia’s biggest national dailies. In it, he reiterated his theory, called U.S. foreign debt “a pyramid scheme,” and predicted China and Russia would usurp Washington’s role as a global financial regulator.

    Americans hope President-elect Barack Obama “can work miracles,” he wrote. “But when spring comes, it will be clear that there are no miracles.”

    The article prompted a question about the White House’s reaction to Prof. Panarin’s forecast at a December news conference. “I’ll have to decline to comment,” spokeswoman Dana Perino said amid much laughter.

    For Prof. Panarin, Ms. Perino’s response was significant. “The way the answer was phrased was an indication that my views are being listened to very carefully,” he says.

    The professor says he’s convinced that people are taking his theory more seriously. People like him have forecast similar cataclysms before, he says, and been right. He cites French political scientist Emmanuel Todd. Mr. Todd is famous for having rightly forecast the demise of the Soviet Union — 15 years beforehand. “When he forecast the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1976, people laughed at him,” says Prof. Panarin.


  13. the time will come in my opinion that the one thing that could change the United States will to the degree that you talk about above, energy, join North and South America together. United States will have to have energy and most of our oil is vastly too dirty to get out of the ground under present day practices. There is little doubt in my mind that energy consumption would make us drop our Constitution and everything that makes us a country. Not by our choice but by the choice of those who own us. I don’t think we will spread out into the individual countries such as you note above.

    However there is one unpopular thing that I can say. If America comes apart internally it will be because of immigration and the people who are coming here from Mexico, China and the Middle East. There are more of them them there is in our military. If Mexico wants part of the United States all it has to do is tell it’s citizens who are here to deal with it. China can do the same now that the number of immigrants from China has overrun the number of people coming from Mexico. And the people from the Middle East typically make more money here than regular Americans do. I call it assimilation by immigration.

  14. Shiva, they’re here because they don’t want to be there. The last thing they want is to bring it with them.

  15. Most of the immigrants I’ve known want to hold to their culture, but they also identify very strongly with being an American citizen. They wouldn’t trade that for anything.

    Being American doesn’t mean having to belong to the mainstream American culture. If it did, I’d do my best to leave, even though this is my promised land. The only people who came even close to wanting to change this country (among people from other countries) were students here on a study visa or activists… and they didn’t at all represent the people who’d moved here from their homelands. The only people who were that dominating are the ones we have problems with… the nativist “America – Love it or Leave it! bunch.

  16. Dont kid yourself. I think they would instantly pay more attention to the people where they come from than the people here who mistreat them and let them know they dont belong in places all over the US. They are invisible to many people. They are not here beucase they hate where they come from

  17. Yes, they may be right. If by “loss of freedom” they mean insurance companies are no longer “free” to deny coverage for preexisting conditions, then they are right. If by “loss of freedom” they mean insurance companies can no longer set limits and drop patients for being sick, then they may be right. If by “loss of freedom” they mean insurance companies are no longer “free” to act as a “death panel” for the sick, then they may be right. If by “loss of freedom” they mean insurance companies are no longer “free” without penalty to spend more than 80% of customer premiums on admin costs and CEO wages, then they are right. If by “loss of freedom” they mean financial institutions have to follow regulations and are no longer (or at least less so) “free” to exploit the American people, then they are right. The list goes on.

    These are a list of 182 of his accomplishments so far with citations:

    Romney has vowed to reverse the very programs that protect the American people from exploitation. He has vowed to repeal “Obamacare”; he has vowed to repeal and replace the Frank-Dodd act (the act put in place to eliminate fraud and make financial institutions and Wall Street accountable for bad business practices); he has vowed to repeal and replace Sarbanes-Oxley (the act put in place after the Enron scandal). Romney states these “rules” stifle economic growth. – Economic growth for whom? Right, companies like Bains Capital, companies that are funding his election, companies that exploit the American people, companies that have not trickled their profits down to their workers or consumers as promised with the trickle down effect.

    People need to pay attention. They need to stop buying into the lies, because it is not the American people that will benefit in their efforts. You have to question who is pushing for which candidate and why. Do not feel you have to vote any particular party. Vote for the well being of the country as a whole. Vote Obama 2012. Our future depends on it.

  18. Sugapea, I went to your second link. Now I need a shower, a shot of hard likker, and extra cheese on my French onion soup. What haters! (Happy Bastille Day).

  19. If we broke up, it would neither be just like that, nor would the territorial sessions be quite as he imagines. In short, he can lick his Russian lips all he wants, but he’s not likely to get his half-baked Alaska.

  20. Healthcare is just another brick in the wall. If there is a second civil war it will be over the (un)Patriot Act, NDAA, SOPA and it’s re-creations, bail-outs for bonuses, false flag attacks to justify wars for oil and opium, drones foreign and domestic, war on medical marijuana….
    Yeah I guess there is a lot of delusion about losing our rights.

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