Wednesday, October 26, 2016


A lot of people are talking about this:
Joe Walsh, who was a United States congressman from 2011 until 2013, declared on Wednesday afternoon that he will take up arms if Donald Trump is not elected to the presidency.

... For the record, Walsh’s apparent plan to form a band of individuals to take up arms against the lawfully elected leader of the United States most likely meets the legal definition of treason. Under federal law, “whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason.”
I posted a screenshot of the tweet, but it's still up if you want to see the original. Walsh will probably never take down, and neither will Twitter.

On the other hand, it doesn't look as if Walsh really has the intestinal fortitude to go up against the government of the United States. Shortly after posting the tweet, Walsh was trolled brilliantly by ex-Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings:

To which Walsh responded:


I'll tell you what the point was: To convince listeners of the radio show he now hosts that Walsh is a big, tough patriot who's willing to kill or die for FREEDOM!!!!, defined as "government that doesn't have any Democrats in it, or any Republicans who've ever voted for a bill supported by a Democrat." But Walsh isn't tough enough. He just wants to sound tough when he says he'll grab a weapon he admits he wouldn't use. He's a pathetic phony.

The problem with this sort of cheap talk is that people who are less inhibited (and angrier, and crazier, and more hate-filled) are getting ideas from it. It's making some people feel they have license to do what Walsh pretends he'll do if Hillary Clinton wins. Walsh is too soft-bellied to actually engage in violence, so he's just goading others to do it instead. He's a reprehensible rabble-rouser and a coward.


Lex Alexander said...

Personally, I have no problem nourishing the Tree of Liberty with the blood of seditious white deadbeats.

Buford said...

Upvote for you Lex Alexander...yep all this "talk of sedition" is getting tiresome...Either DO something or shut the fuck up and go crawl back under your rock...

Grung_e_Gene said...

So, Joe Walsh's response to being called out on his call for violence against the newly elected President is to admit he's a wimp who would grab a weapon which isn't used anymore?

Anonymous said...

I chuckle at the thought of these dogs pointing their pop-guns at the US Army.

What Buford said,
Ten Bears

Unknown said...

As I've said elsewhere: I'll bet it really chaps his wingnut ass to know that the woman who kicked him out of the House is likely going to be a Senator next year.

Tom Hilton said...

Jesus, Joe, put your musket back in your pants.

Victor said...

He can't find his ex-wife's tweezers, so his limp little musket will remain hanging out there out of his pants for anyone who's not blind to see!

Feud Turgidson said...

Musket is the PERFECT choice.

It's the perfect fashion, marketing, political & legal, choice for your modern American white wingnut rant radio host who wishes cheap derpishly obvious awkwardly timed publicity for a fantasy stunt that fanboy gunlickers will applaud yet at the same time is unlikely to get him successfully prosecuted or even arrested.

Remember, this comes from the nitwit that brought us "Secure the border with a moat stocked with alligators!" In crackpotese, "musket" is an upgrade from post-medieval ignorant mythology to post-arquebus / pre-Civil War low-tech standard militia issue.

Recall too that the musket fell out of fashion because smoothbores worked like your crazy drunken uncle demonstrating a knuckle ball, rifled muskets were impractical to maintain, and either version not only failed to wor in all but narrow contexutal circumstances, eventually over time they tended to blow up & maim if not kill their users.

All in, the musket is a great symbol of the sort of government for which the U.S. Constitution provides. Over more than a century, the only political states where its people or authoritah du jour has chosen to follow the U.S. model have been religious autocracies & secular dictatorships.

How is such a slapstick anachronism NOT the perfect choice for former one-time House rep poster deadbeat Joe Walsh?

swkellogg said...

Guys like Joe Walsh never fire their muskets.

They just buff them in public.