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article imageOp-Ed: Calls for armed revolution and other hate speech

By Greta McClain     Aug 21, 2012 in Politics
Stanardsville - In March of this year, Greene County Republican Committee of Virginia released a newsletter in which the editor, Ponch McPhee, calls for an “armed revolution” if they “fail with the power of the vote in November”.
In the newsletter McPhee also states “We must not fail ~ We the people must prevail ~ For there is a terror upon the land and tyranny is grasped within it’s left hand ~ Let us not be forsaken ~ for We shall never relinquish our sword as we defend freedom & liberty.”
Page 3 of the March 2012 Green County Republican Committee Newsletter
Page 3 of the March 2012 Green County Republican Committee Newsletter
Fellow Greene County Republican Committee member Roger Schweikert said, "I'm not advocating a revolution of that type, but I am advocating for change." A Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell spokesperson said while the governor respectfully disagrees with Obama on many policy issues, the rhetoric in the Greene County newsletter is uncalled for and unacceptable.
Page 7 of the Green County Republican Committee Newsletter in which McPhee calls for  armed revoluti...
Page 7 of the Green County Republican Committee Newsletter in which McPhee calls for "armed revolution"
This is not the only example of some members of the GOP calling for violence. In 2009, the Lafayette County Republican Central Committee sponsored a billboard that said "prepare for war". In 2010, Nevada Republican Sharron Angle stated "I'm hoping that we're not getting to Second Amendment remedies. I hope the vote will be the cure for the Harry Reid problems." Republican congresswoman and former Republican Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann, told a Minnesota crowd “I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back....“we the people are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country.” Fox News tv host Glenn Beck said "you are going to have to shoot them in the head", when talking about Washington "radicals" on his show.
What exactly happened to the idea of Democracy? When exactly did our country go from a majority rule ideology to a "if we don't like what the majority votes for, we will resort to violence" mentality? I do believe that those who hold such views are in the minority. I believe and pray that the calls for violence will be ignored. However, we have seen all too often how someone, who admittedly is clearly mentally disturbed, can take images and comments all too seriously, acting on them and causing serious injury or death to others. With these continued calls for violence, with talk of armed revolution, how many people will take it seriously? How many people will be endangered or harmed? We cannot sit idly back and simply hope for the best. Yes, our country is partially founded on the ideal of free speech, but even with that Constitutionally guaranteed right, we still say you cannot yell fire in a crowded movie theater. How long do we hide behind the idea of free speech, how many people have to die or have their lives changed forever due to violence before we return to the idea of civility. We don't have to agree, in fact we can disagree passionately, but we must put an end to the violent hate speech before it is too late.
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