The rhetoric on the right is beginning to get very ugly, indeed. It has always been their policy to outright lie about the things they don’t agree with, then make themselves out to be the victims. We have seen it time-and-again. They want to deny civil rights to gay couples, they want to be able to pick-and-choose which laws they believe interfere with their “religious liberties” like the Hobby Lobby case against the mandate for contraceptive coverage in insurance policies.
They also have taken hold of the big lie that there is a “war on Christians’ that was started over at Fox (so-called) News. That has been the rallying cry for these right-wing obstructionists ever since Fox started the weeping. They seem to believe that they have the right to discriminate against those who don’t believe what they do. That includes civil liberties which are not religious based. They even want the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that corporations are “people” like Mitt Romney tried to sell us in the last election.
Now, the Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, has taken it one step further. I don’t know how to say this gently, so I am going to come right and say it plainly. The Governor appears to be calling for the violent overthrow of the U.S. Government. Speaking at a conference hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a group led by longtime Christian activist Ralph Reed, Jindal said”
I can sense right now a rebellion brewing amongst these United States,” Jindal said, “where people are ready for a hostile takeover of Washington, D.C., to preserve the American Dream for our children and grandchildren.
He justified his comment by blaming the “silent war” against Christians. He went on to say:
I am tired of the left. They say they’re for tolerance, they say they respect diversity. The reality is this: They respect everybody unless you happen to disagree with them,” he said. “The left is trying to silence us and I’m tired of it, I won’t take it anymore.
There is no other way to read this. Bobby Jindal, the Governor of Louisiana is advocating for the violent overthrow of the U.S. Government. What else could be concluded by his choice of words like “hostile takeover of Washington, D.C.”? I cannot believe that the Governor would be referring to the ballot box as a “hostile takeover”. Especially since that is the way democracy is supposed to work. Vote in the people you want who believe in the same things as you do.
No, the use of “hostile takeover”, can only be defined as a violent overthrow.
In order to place this all in context, let’s take a look at this “war” on Christians.
It all started, naturally, with abortion rights. The Christian right has been going nuts over this since Roe V. Wade. Their belief is that “life begins at inception”. That means there is no other way to look at it. Since they believe this to be true, they want everyone in the U.S. to believe it too. They want everyone’s life to be regulated by their belief. Since the majority of people in this country don’t believe what they do, that is obviously discriminatory against Christians.
They are totally against same-sex marriage. Their reason? They call homosexuality a “sin”. According to them, same-sex marriage is an attack on “traditional marriage”. We all know that letting same-sex marriage to be legal, “traditional marriages” all across the country will fall apart.
What they are really saying is that they don’t want gay couples getting the same civil rights given to “traditional marriage” couples. You know horrible things like inheritance rights, or social security rights, or medical coverage rights. Giving gay couples these civil rights is an obvious attack against the rights of Christians.
Then there is the horrible discrimination against Christians that stem from laws that require “truth in advertising”. Yes, you heard me, they are against “truth in advertising”. We have several laws that require truth in advertising to protect the public from false claims from manufacturers about the safety of their products. Several states have included this “truth in advertising” mantra to “political advertising”. How horrible!!!
The State of Ohio, among others, has a law that bans people from knowingly or recklessly making false statements about candidates seeking elective office. In 2010, the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, wanted to put up billboards against then-U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus claiming that he supported federal-funded abortions because he backed the ACA. There is nothing in the ACA about federal-funded abortions being allowed.
Driehaus filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission, saying the ads misrepresented the facts and violated Ohio’s false speech law. The billboard owner feared threatened legal action by Driehaus and declined to post the ads. Driehaus dropped the case after losing his re-election bid and the courts said that the Susan B. Anthony List could not sue over the law because it did not suffer any actual harm.
Now the group is back in court fighting the law again. According to Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, their claims are true. Though she offers no evidence to back up her claim. Their brief when filing the suite says the statute violates free speech rights and “chills core political speech.”
Dannenfelser goes on to say “If granted, this injunction will allow us to continue our efforts to inform voters without fear of prosecution.” So she must believe that lying in political ads is justifiable “free speech”. The largest supporter of her group, the Conservative Christian Cult, wants to put up a copy of the ten commandments in every courthouse in the country to show that our laws are “Christian based”. I seem to remember that one of these ten commandments reads “Thou shalt not lie”. If they truly believe this, why aren’t they fighting for the law to be upheld? Because they reserve the right to lie whenever they want in order to gain control! If they are not allowed to lie, that is discrimination against Christians.
So, that is the “silent war” on Christians that Jindal decries. How dare the U.S. Government defend the civil rights of people who do not follow his narrow view of the world? How dare it defend the rights of gays, women, and minorities? His worldview doesn’t believe in those rights. How dare it defend the simple principle that you cannot defame and/or lie about an opponent in paid advertising? How else can his side win any arguments? So, of course, this all constitutes a “war” on Christians.
And, what does the Governor envision for the answer to this “war”? He advocates the violent overthrow of the U.S. Government. He is making very public and bold statements that there should be a “hostile takeover” of the Government. Wouldn’t even the most ardent “patriot” consider this language as anti-American? Wouldn’t they consider the Governor as a traitor?
Apparently not. All you hear on the right is more cricket chirps. How long will it be, if the Governor keeps talking like this, before we have another domestic terrorist attack? How long do you think that some right-wing militia group will heed the Governor’s call and attack more government offices like they did in Oklahoma several years back?
I believe that most reasonable people will come to the same conclusion I have. Governor Jindal has crossed the line from “political speak” into the realm of “treason”. There is not other way to look at his comments. So, Mr. Boehner, when are you going create a special committee to “investigate” this terrible treasonous act?