None Dare Call It Treason: Are Prominent Right-Wingers Plotting Overthrow or Secession?
What some might consider the progressive facsimile thereof, Netroots Nation, was held in my bailiwick, Minneapolis, back in 2011. But it’s pretty hard to consider the VVS and NN mirror images of one another. For one thing, to my knowledge nobody speaking at NN11 ever called for (or is closely allied with anyone calling for) the overthrow of the government, or for one part of the nation to secede from the other.
Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin, who was named Executive Vice President of the Family Research Council last year, is scheduled to speak at the VVS again this year. Boykin’s connected to a chappie named Rick Joyner, the head of Morningstar Ministries – and a man who has just called for a “military takeover” and martial law:
In a September 30, 2013 broadcast, as reported by Raw Story and Religious Right Watch, Morningstar Ministries head Rick Joyner — a leading prophet and apostle in the theocratic movement known as the New Apostolic Reformation who has ties to former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin [see: 1, 2] and other leading Tea Party-aligned Republicans — publicly issued a call for a coup – a “military takeover” of the United States government and the imposition of martial law.
In an interview with former Reagan administration lawyer Michael “Mikey” Weinstein — who formed the civil rights watchdog organization the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) after discovering a pattern of coercive evangelizing at his former alma mater, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs — Weinstein told me his organization estimated that between 28 percent and 34 percent of officers and NCOs in the United States military were adherents to a supremacist form of Christianity known as dominionism who might back or at least be sympathetic to evangelist Joyner’s call for a coup.
“It is a terrible mistake to dismiss Joyner as merely fringe. The opposite is true,” explained Weinstein, who emphasized that there are dozens of dominionist evangelical para-church organizations engaging in what MRFF views as predatory evangelizing in the military. “Complacency is complicity,” warned Weinstein, who called Rick Joyner’s call for a military takeover a “red line” and also a “wretched” form of “sedition.”
One of Joyner’s other prominent confederates is none other than former Senator Jim DeMint, who will also be speaking at this year’s VVS. You may know him as the man who took over the Heritage Foundation last December and has proceeded to run it into the ground, in addition to being one of the persons egging on the GOP’s Suicide Caucus.
Another Summit speaker this year is Rand Paul, whose father Ron appears to have been orchestrating a high-risk strategy to use a government shutdown/federal default as a springboard for state secession:
The objective would be to lock in Republican dominance of over 1/2 the states in the Union and preserve, even enhance, the political power of an aging, white-dominated, predominantly Christian conservative demographic for years to come.
This would, in effect, shatter the Republic. Unthinkable ? Consider the following:
“Precinct by precinct, town by town, county by county, a decentralized political movement could begin to undermine the legitimacy the existing political structure. It can do so politely, helpfully, and sympathetically.
The central issue is legitimacy…
When the dollar dies, political legitimacy dies with it. This is the central premise of my recommended strategy.” — Ron Paul political strategist Dr. Gary North, from Phase 2 of Ron Paul’s Political Strategy
In May 2012, in a fundraising pitch for Senate candidate Ted Cruz, Texas Congressional Representative Ron Paul gave a warm and ringing endorsement of Cruz and promised that “If elected, Ted will stand side-by-side with my son Rand in the U.S. Senate to fight against Big Government.” In a nod to shared John Birch Society-style conspiracy theory-driven ideology, Paul wrote,
“…Rand, Ted, and I had a lengthy discussion about the dangers of the Federal Reserve printing money out of thin air.
…Ted is a firm believer in American sovereignty – and will never support or vote for ceding our rights to the United Nations.”
With help from Ron Paul, Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has become one of the Tea Party ringleaders driving the current budget impasse that threatens to cause an historic default on payments to service the Federal debt.
By the way, Ted Cruz will also be at this year’s Summit.
As if to round out a sort of conservative Dominionist treason trifecta, conservative hero Larry Klayman has called for an overthrow of the government to start on November 19. Really, he has. Oddly, Klayman as far as I know is not slated to speak at this year’s Values Voter Summit, which judging from the list of known insurrectionists’ fellow travelers appearing as speakers for this year’s Summit must be some sort of unfortunate oversight on the part of the organizers.
If any of these people were lefties talking about overthrowing the government in this way, especially under Bush, they’d have been hauled off to prison tout de suite. But apparently even treason’s OK if you’re a Republican.