I’m So Old, I Remember When Liberals Opposed Military Coups

The Democratic Party has gone off the rails. We are now seeing serious (apparently) contemplation of a military coup as the solution to the Donald Trump “crisis.” And it isn’t just comedians either, although liberals seem to get their news largely from comedians these days. The liberal Foreign Policy features an essay by Georgetown law professor and former “senior advisor at the U.S. State Department” Rosa Brooks, on how to “get rid of President Trump before 2020.” Because a four-year term is too long to wait.

I think Foreign Policy pretends to be a serious publication; it currently features a “special offer” subscription rate billed as a response to “the war on truth.” But Ms. Brooks’s essay isn’t serious, it is just another howl of anguish from the Left.

How, exactly, are liberals going to “get rid of” our president without waiting until the next election? To her credit, Brooks doesn’t advocate assassination. She notes the possibility of impeachment, but admits that can’t happen until the Democrats take over Congress, no sooner than 2018. That’s too late! Plan B is the 25th Amendment, which, among other things, provides for a transition in power if the president should become disabled:

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Brooks hypothesizes that Mike Pence and a majority of President Trump’s cabinet might certify that Trump is disabled–by reason of insanity, apparently–and install Pence as Acting President. I guess it truly is morning in America, if liberals are fantasizing about having Mike Pence as president.

This brings us to the ultimate solution: a military coup!

The fourth possibility is one that until recently I would have said was unthinkable in the United States of America: a military coup, or at least a refusal by military leaders to obey certain orders. …
The prospect of American military leaders responding to a presidential order with open defiance is frightening — but so, too, is the prospect of military obedience to an insane order. After all, military officers swear to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, not the president. For the first time in my life, I can imagine plausible scenarios in which senior military officials might simply tell the president: “No, sir. We’re not doing that,” to thunderous applause from the New York Times editorial board.

Several things are funny about this. To name just a few: 1) If military leaders had any desire to mount a coup against a president, it would have been Barack Obama, not Donald Trump. 2) Liberals who yearn for generals to seize power with guns say they are the ones who are against fascism. 3) The idea that “applause from the New York Times editorial board” is somehow a relevant factor in a world where the Army is staging a coup is a wonderful illustration of the American Left’s distance from reality.

It is easy to laugh at the current hysteria in the Democratic Party, and, perhaps, it is a moral duty to do so. But we are learning something very ugly about liberals. All that talk about democracy? Forget it. Their interest is in power, period. I seriously think they would throw us conservatives in jail if they had the opportunity. The Democratic Party, as currently constituted, must never achieve power again.

Via Donald Sensing.

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