by Ben Cohen
The pulled NewsMax article imagining a military coup in the United States really is a riot to read. While it is of course utterly offensive and would have probably led to the writers death in most other countries, it provides a fascinating insight into the mind of a socially dysfunctional fantasist. John L.Perry’s article ‘Obama Risks a Domestic Military Intervention‘ is so silly it’s funny. He begins with this grave warning (h/t Sullivan):
There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America’s military
will intervene as a last resort to resolve the “Obama problem.” Don’t
dismiss it as unrealistic.
Perry then begins a long list of crimes Obama is committing against the constitution (being black, being intelligent, not being insane etc), and asks us to look at the crisis through the military’s eyes:
America isn’t the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it
will be civilized. That it has never happened doesn’t mean it wont.
Describing what may be afoot is not to advocate it. So, view the
following through military eyes:
# Officers swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the
United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Unlike
enlisted personnel, they do not swear to “obey the orders of the
president of the United States.”
# Top military officers can see the Constitution they are sworn to
defend being trampled as American institutions and enterprises are
# They can see that Americans are increasingly alarmed that this
nation, under President Barack Obama, may not even be recognizable as
America by the 2012 election, in which he will surely seek continuation
The list goes on, and it get increasingly ridiculous as Perry paints a picture of a country thrown to Islamic terrorists by a latte drinking hipster. More than anything, it shows how disconnected the author is from any sense of reality. Check out this telling paragraph:
Will the day come when patriotic general and flag officers sit down
with the president, or with those who control him, and work out the
national equivalent of a “family intervention,” with some form of
limited, shared responsibility?
The writer is clearly imagining a nail biting scene in a Tom Clancy movie where men in crisp uniforms gallantly confront the evil President and recite the constitution in their best ‘Go America!’ voice. The whole idea of sitting down with the President ‘or with those who control him’ is also side splittingly funny. While George Bush clearly was manipulated by the neo imperial loons who surrounded him, Barack Obama has proved over and over again that he is a damn sight smarter than almost everyone around him. And certainly smarter than a NewsMax columnist who imagines a center left politician spreading Marxism in the United States.
The dark forces the columnist is imagining exist only in his mind, and charitably, his editors pulled the piece to avoid ridicule. Unfortunately for Perry, he published his article on the internet where it was copied, saved and republished immediately. So now everyone knows what a silly little man he is, and he’ll bear the full brunt of a rightly disgusted nation.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.