Saturday, April 03, 2010

No elected Governor should feel that they're entitled to their seat.

Sarah Palin, on air with Glenn Beck:
No elected official should feel that they're entitled to their seat.

RI Gov. among those sent anti-government letter
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Gov. Don Carcieri's (kuh-CHEHR'-eez) office has confirmed that it has received a letter from an anti-government group, a letter the FBI believes is being sent to all 50 U.S. governors.

As of Wednesday, more than 30 other governors had received the letters, sent by a group called the Guardians of the free Republics. According to the group's Web site, it seeks to "restore America" by peacefully dismantling parts of the government.

The letters demand that the governors leave office or be removed. The FBI says the message doesn't appear violent, but has warned it could provoke violence.

Yes, absolutely that Sarah Palin statement above was taken out of the context of the particular Beck interview. But that interview was made in a larger context, too. As Palin said there,
The Tea Party will grow. These movements of the people, this ground-swell of support for our Constitution, and these limited enumerated powers of our federal government — these movements are going to grow.

And more and more — yes. More and more Americans are realizing that, oh, this is that voice in the Tea Party. This is that voice coming from the bottom up, telling our elected officials and appointed officials in government what we mean when we say no.

Guardians of the free Republics tied to Texas radio station
The man at the center of the Guardians of the free Republics is Texas talk-show host Sam Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy "is the focal point of this, these guardians."

"He was in the mix in setting this whole thing up, and he's up to his eyeballs in this Restore America project," says John Stadtmiller, who runs Republic Broadcasting Network based in Round Rock, Texas, which broadcasts Kennedy's weekly "Take No Prisoners" show. Restore America project, as articulated on the Guardians of the free Republics website, is part screed, part call to action to depose an illegitimate government in favor of restoring the people's "common law."

The website describes it as "a war college restoration strategy for regaining control [of government in the states] quietly, efficiently and quickly without provoking controversy, ridicule, violence or civil war." It purports to have military backing for a takeover.

The FBI has not released the letters. The bureau said they contain no direct threat but asserted that their implied threat to governors could serve to spark lone-wolf violence.
(Not the kind of lone wolfs some folks might like to hunt, Guambat reckons.)

One of the prosecutors who helped convict Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, says militias like the Hutaree are most dangerous when they create lone wolf terrorists.

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