When we last met retired Army general Paul E. Vallely, he was demanding that President Barack Obama be forced to resign because of imaginary crimes. These crimes, apparently, are daring to disagree with the path chosen for America by Republican leadership.
A month later, Vallely is saying that Obama should be subject to citizen’s arrest and that the United States needs Egypt-like uprisings behind a “new George Washington.” He says 33 million Egyptians stood up and told their government “No” and he sees no reason we can’t do the same here.
Just as a thought…finding 33 million people as crazy as yourself might be a problem. Look how Klayman’s march on Washington turned out. Just sayin’. But don’t tell Vallely that. Methinks he thinks he is the “new George Washington” he says we need:
It’s fallen upon senior, retired military to take stands against the overreach and tyranny of a corrupt government. I think for people, they respect what the military has gone through. Senior military guys are very well educated, they’ve gone to the right schools, gone to combat for the most part, have had to manage enormous budgets, were involved in major financial decisions and are heavily steeped in foreign policy and national security.
No other group, no CEO that has that kind of background,” he said. “Obviously our politicians don’t have that background. They have legislation experience, not leadership experience.
And what about the fact that Barack Obama was legally elected according to the United States Constitution?
Vallely’s answer to that came in a podcast a few days ago, where he said our electoral processes “are known to be corrupt.” They must be, or Obama would not have been elected, he seems to be saying.
Since impeachment won’t just happen and “hope is not a strategy,” it is up to the American people, he says, to “stand up” to Washington:
“We need something … a no confidence vote,” he suggested. And perhaps legislation that could create a national recall process.
“We need to get off our derrieres, march at the state capitol, march in Washington. Make citizens arrests.”
What he is talking about is revolution, what he calls the “least palatable option”:
Harry Reid still controls the Senate, so like in Clinton’s day, forget about a finding of guilty,” he wrote. “Incidentally, if Obama was found guilty and removed from office, Joe Biden would step in, Valerie Jarrett still wields all the power, and likely we get more of the same.
I’m at a loss to known where in the Constitution such measures are permitted by a group of disgruntled, Islamophobic retired generals. Did I miss something? The argument here is that Obama has violated the Constitution. Shouldn’t Vallely and his fellow rebels, assuming their are the Constitution’s champions, be defending the Constitution rather than violating it?
Vallely says Americans have lost confidence in the Obama administration:
Clearly America has lost confidence and no longer trusts those in power at a most critical time in our history,” Vallely said. “It is true that not all who ply the halls of power fit under that broad brush, but most of them are guilty of many egregious acts and we say it is time to hold a vote of no confidence. It’s time for a ‘recall.’
The problem is that Congress is less popular than President Obama. If there is a lack of confidence it is in Congress. Should the least popular branch of government then enter a vote of no confidence in the more popular branch? Isn’t that…I don’t know…silly?
Look, at this point, the Black Death is more popular than the Republicans in Congress. To be blunt, where the confidence of the American people is concerned, they don’t have a pot to shit in. If there is to be a vote of no confidence in the administration, they are not the ones to give it.
And the American people? This summer, fully half of Americans felt Republicans weren’t doing enough to compromise with President Obama. That’s hardly the stuff of revolution. Vallely is up in arms about Obamacare but this fall, only 23 percent of Americans wanted to destroy Obamacare. According to Gallup, President Obama’s current job approval rating is 43 percent. Again, hardly the stuff of revolution. For the sake of comparison, George W. Bush was at 42 percent at the same point in his presidency.
Congress, on the other hand, averaged 14 percent approval for 2013, “the lowest annual average in Gallup’s history.”
Vallely is placing all his hopes in the tea party, which, no surprise, is about as unpopular (22 percent approval in September) as Congress at this point:
I’m going back to the big kickoff in Myrtle Beach in January,” Vallely told WND. “I’m a big believer in the tea party as a movement. Many of us retired military leaders are all together. We need to demand the resignation of Obama, [Vice President Joe] Biden, [Republican House Speaker John] Boehner, [Senate Republican Leader Mitch] McConnell, [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi and [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid. The leadership of both parties needs to step down and new leaders step up.
And this is the guy who says the world is laughing at us. Somehow, I don’t think Vallely is dampening that laughter, unless it’s glee that America might be willing to take itself down a notch, because that’s exactly what Vallely’s popular and highly unconstitutional revolution would accomplish.
Love America? Hardly. It’s all about hating Obama and hurting him at any cost, even the cost of our great nation and the Constitution, which, once shredded, can be replaced by the Bible as the Founding Fathers originally intended.
This is the state of opposition party politics in America today. Lose? To tell with the Constitution. Overthrow the winner! Vallely says foreign countries are laughing at us? Hell, I’m laughing at us too.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.