Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Video: Gather Your Armies

Liberal tongues are going to be ablaze over this one. Talk of impeachment and views of revolvers sure to have the left screaming “sedition”! Politico has already picked up on this video. 
Politico: Alabama Republican congressional candidate Rick Barber is encouraging his fellow tea party activists to “gather your armies” against President Barack Obama — with a campaign ad that twice shows a hand fidgeting next to a Revolutionary War-era pistol.
In the new ad, Barber is seen sitting around the table with actors playing George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Sam Adams.
The ad opens with a shot of the pistol sitting on a table and Barber saying he would “impeach” Obama.
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with talking about impeaching Obama (unless you stop to consider the ramifications of a President Biden), even I have to admit the focus on the revolver is way too suggestive.  Anger at Obama and particularly Congress is at a level not seen in years. The suggestion of armed conflict isn’t the best thing to have out there right now.

The video does serve as a reminder of just how placid Americans have become in over 200 years. At the founding of this nation, the arrogant and self-serving behavior from today’s non-representing representatives (on both sides) would have earned them a cap in the ass from more than have the public. Today, simply asking a House Rep a question might get you roughed up.


spc said...

There are a few thoughts that come to mind here-

First- I love this ad!

Second- The definition of treason.

Third- The fact that our Constitutional rights are being trampled by an overpowering government which justifies the anti-government sentiment.

Honestly, this would be an awesome topic for real think-tank type debate.

I have no problem with this ad because the founding principle of this country was revolt against a government that stripped it's people of their rights, much like current events.

babyboomer59 said...

I love the ad. However the suggestion of violent with the side arm is over the top. We can beat these liberals if we are smart. Dr King did not use violent and he beat the democrats every time. Violent only hurt not help.

Anonymous said...

From the Declaration of Independence:
" That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government," The Right of the People sounds very familiar as in "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The Second Ammendment is to protect "We the People" from the Desrtructive Government. First we try to alter the Government at the ballot box. If the Government continues to ignore the will of the people it is then the Right of the People to Abolish it.

Anonymous said...

@ Just a conservative girl
The left has already branded us as violent and racist contrary to what evidence shows. In fact, they are the ones who use violence (as illustrated by Mr. Etheridge) and racism (as illustrated by CNN's ridiculous claim about whites perception of blacks showing anger) as weapons to impose their views. This is one of their well-known tactics going back to Lenin's days: demonizing their opponents with the complicity of the media. They have such a contempt for "we, the people" that they believe we will swallow anything they plant on us!

They have used the same tactics in Europe and you can see the result now that this continent is going down the drain: no one there dares challenge the politically correct version of facts out of fear of being branded a racist or a hate monger.

We can't stop the leftists from using their traditional tactics in America too, and whatever we do, however peaceful and patient and respectful we are, they will continue to call us racists and hate mongers; but we should show them that we do not fall into their trap, we do not fear their lies and if in the last resort it comes to that, yes we will defend ourselves.

Pedaling said...

I like it.

Libertarian Advocate said...

Its a pointless and stupid provocation.

trinity said...

I think this is a very unfortunate choice for a campaign ad. While we all see the true message Barber is trying to convey, the liberals will only see the gun.

Republicans need to use careful judgement and not get too carried away. They have the advantage and don't need to go overboard with this kind of thing in order to get their message out.

Janelle said...

Just wake up and vote all of them in and out, regularly.
No pol cares anymore about any of us than we do about them. That would at the very least, slow down the flood of new laws and regulations.

billd said...

just plain not good/way premature

yes, liberty, the constitution, “fair” political competition are all being trampled

yes, the msm is a propaganda organ that now worships at the alter of chic pc, celebrity, elitist governance, narcissist self-adulation

yes, principled conservatives are stained w/ whatever mockery, exaggeration, deceit, and insult that can be imposed as leftists pursue their methodology of personal destruction

But, we are in this mess because we the people voted for this monstrosity –
our political system has become a cesspool because we lazily return the same people to office year after year; we already accepted the philosophy of redistribution of wealth (way back to FDR at least – old people still think all those new deal programs are God’s gift, now we know they are lucifer’s bait-and-switch); we outsourced our self-reliance and industry; we effectively “hired” the government to be a surrogate sugar daddy (easier than being personally responsible); even now we allow ourselves to be titillated by the very msm that we hold in contempt…

In a democratic republic
Civil disobedience comes when the law is palpably unjust.
Armed intervention comes when authority is beyond doubt illegal.

these are necessarily very high hurdles – freedom straining at the leash of tyranny

Do the work of the ballot box

Les Carpenter said...

Love the debate.

Gorges Smythe said...

I enjoyed the piece as a bit of political melodrama. Perhaps it's not in the best of taste, but the underlying message is more valid than any of us have the courage to admit.

Maggie said...

As much as I agree about Joe Biden, I have watched him on a few occasions where he has acted more Presidential than the usurper incumbent. As an example Biden's response to the flotilla follies showed that he is more in touch with foreign policy than the incumbent. Would that be so bad?

Joe Biden might be truly gaffetastic, but I do not think that he would have allowed the oil spill to get so bad, plus I do know that he would not be doing what is being done against Israel.

What you have now is reason for those of us in the rest of the world to be truly scared.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

I love this ad, and I watched it before reading commentary so my response to it was uninfluenced by the violent spin/angle. When "gather your armies" was stated, I took that to mean the "armies" of Americans who intend to revolt AT THE POLLS. The Tea Party revolt is about legally and nonviolently taking back our country. No one is advocating violence, indeed, most of us are pointing out that we cannot become violent at all. If we do, they win. Period.

That said, after reading the commentary, including yours, of course, I do see how this can be taken as some sort of "call to arms." Again, though, I don't think that's what was meant. We talk about conservatives as an "army of Davids," and I really think that's what he meant. I hope so, anyway.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

@ Maggie, Biden is looking better and better every single day. He loves America, that's clear. And he doesn't have to keep saying it to convince Americans, either. That BO does is a sure sign that his patriotism and love for our country is in doubt. He's the PRESIDENT, there should be no question in anyone's mind that he love this country, yet more and more people doubt it every single day. Give me a dem who loves America over a prog who does not any day. Any. Day.

tha malcontent said...

Sorry to change to topic, but...If anyone loved that speech last night , I have a Bridge to sell you in Brooklyn!

Anonymous said...

Great ad! Listen folks, Liberals are going to label you whatever they want because it is one of the few arrows in their quiver (sorry for the weapon analogy). The ad could have featured a bunny on the table and some lib, somewhere would argue that the commercial is promoting violence. The commercial does exactly as it intended, it gets people talking. I'm tired of "hiding conservatism" that tip-toes around radical liberalism. The ad doesn't promote violence. It promotes action at the polls. Libs who argue that it promotes violence provide free advertising for Barber.

Anonymous said...

I agree, Jake G., whatever we do they will lie and label us anyway, so as far as I am concerned, I won't waste any time trying to justify myself and appease them, I'll continue to do the right thing and let them drool.

Citizen68 said...

So when do we start suggesting that the second amendment may eventually become necessary? After members of congress begin shouting "heil"? I know we aren't there, or even close yet, but it's never too early for a gentle reminder of what it takes to maintain one's freedom if the end game does come. How many other nation's examples do we need to be convinced that it can, indeed, happen to us again?

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