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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 13, 2015 • 10:27:23am

I gotta say, this is absolutely unsurprising. These are the same people who are now supporting a guy who promises to be a bully and a strongman. They almost don’t care what policies he says he’d enact as long as he promises to do it by executive fiat, rather than through the normal process.

Of course, they always assume that a military takeover or dictatorship would leave their freedoms intact, but generally military coups are followed by repression to prevent a counter coup, so it’s very unlikely they’d get to keep all their guns.Why would a military dictatorship want an armed citizenry?

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lawhawk  Sep 13, 2015 • 11:09:10am

re: #1 Blind Frog Belly White

It always assumes that the people who carry out the coup are the same people they’d otherwise support. In other words, if right wingers are supporting this, they think that right wingers would be the ones leading the coup, so their rights would remain intact.

Never mind that there’s always the possibility that some other faction would be the ones leading the coup and would restrict their rights instead.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 13, 2015 • 11:11:30am

In short 43% of GOPers are toddlers. Waah we don’t like who is president.

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CleverToad  Sep 13, 2015 • 11:31:36am

I’m still trying to think of any circumstance where I would support a military takeover of the civilian US government. Nothing that doesn’t count as apocalyptic science fiction has come to mind yet. Vigorous civil pushback against government actions, yes, but not a military coup.

If we get a Republican in the White House for the next eight years, we’re going to need a LOT of civil pushback, but I can’t think of a case where military would be better or effective.

Maybe I haven’t read enough dystopia.

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subterraneanhomesickalien  Sep 13, 2015 • 11:36:59am

re: #1 Blind Frog Belly White

No they believe they would be a part of a protected class, and the history of political revolutions in the west over the last century when military coups were the main instigator says they would probably be right. At least for Central and South America.

People like me and you would be fine if we never spoke of our true feelings, but if we ever did actually express them we’d probably be thrown in prison or worse.

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Patricia Kayden  Sep 13, 2015 • 2:37:39pm

I’m more alarmed by the 20% of Dems who would support a Military takeover. That’s wild.

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Dark_Falcon  Sep 13, 2015 • 3:49:42pm

re: #6 Patricia Kayden

I’m more alarmed by the 20% of Dems who would support a Military takeover. That’s wild.

Frustration with government disfunction runs deep and broad in the US and many are the people who would thrust a bayonet through the Constitution (because that would be the effect of a coup, let’s be clear) in order to get government ‘moving’. Mussolini had many supporters, after all.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 13, 2015 • 4:43:57pm

re: #7 Dark_Falcon

Frustration with government disfunction runs deep and broad in the US and many are the people who would thrust a bayonet through the Constitution (because that would be the effect of a coup, let’s be clear) in order to get government ‘moving’. Mussolini had many supporters, after all.

There’s frustration and then there’s support for a military coup. I had my frustrations during the Bush years sure but I didn’t advocate a coup simply because I did not like he was president. I wanted to and much to my disappointment in 2004 beat him at the polls. That nearly half your party’s voters would support a coup I think speaks volumes about the so called patriotism they have and that they constantly accuse liberals of lacking it. Sorry for sounding particularly harsh but it just comes off as you making excuses for the fact that many in your party can’t accept the fact that Barack Obama is president. Hell many can’t even accept he’s an American FFS.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 14, 2015 • 8:32:10am

One reason there’s so much support for the military is precisely because the military stays out of politics, which is by design.

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Romantic Heretic  Sep 14, 2015 • 1:28:55pm

This is just a very good example of my observation that many of the people claiming the title of conservative are actually revolutionaries.

It is their intention to burn the American system of government to the ground and rebuild it so they and they alone are in charge.


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