[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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