[FoRK] Coup Needed - What the right wing really thinks?

J. Andrew Rogers andrew at ceruleansystems.com
Thu Oct 1 15:04:37 PDT 2009

On Oct 1, 2009, at 2:15 PM, Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo wrote:
> Being an ignorant Canadian, are there things in the American  
> Constitution that would make a coup in the name of protecting the  
> Constitution illegal, or at least unconstitutional?

The US military has no authority in such matters. They would have to  
be operating under the auspices of someone who does have such  
authority, in which case it would nominally be constitutional.  The  
recent non-coup in Honduras is a good proxy example of what it is  
supposed to look like. Outside the fevered imaginations of the fringe  
left and fringe right, there is no mechanism by which the military can  
take control of the US government.

When the US military gets thrown under the bus by government  
maliciousness, malfeasance, or incompetence they simply go turtle and  
wait for a new administration.  The surest sign that this is occurring  
is a spate of retirements and resignations by top brass. If they don't  
have enough time in service left to wait-out periods of egregious  
mismanagement, they usually just quit en masse.  This has happened  
before and it will happen again, only the most delusional think it  
might result in a military coup this time around. 

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