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Sedition Or Difference Of Opinion?

April 22, 2010 by  

The double standard that is liberalism apparently knows no bounds, for now liberal pundits are effectively calling prominent conservatives criminals because of their disagreement with the policies of the Barack Obama administration.

On NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show on April 18, Time columnist Joe Klein all but accused former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Fox News’ Glenn Beck of sedition.

“I did a little bit of research just before this show—it’s on the napkin here. I looked up the definition of sedition which is conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of the state. And a lot of these statements, especially the ones coming from people like Glenn Beck and to a certain extent Sarah Palin, rub right up close to being seditious.”

According to Klein, the legal definition of sedition is “a revolt or an incitement to revolt against established authority.”

John Heilemann one-upped Klein, invoking the name of Rush Limbaugh as someone else who is seditious, because he calls the Obama administration the Obama regime.

So that’s where we are now in the political discourse?

Prior to and during the Revolutionary War, many of our Founding Fathers spoke and wrote privately and publicly about the tyranny of the British government. Today, we consider them heroes. To the British they were seditious.

In the 1960s blacks and some whites marched and held peaceful demonstrations—despite violent efforts to silence them—in order to secure equal rights for the black race. Today we consider them heroes. To many, they were seditious.

In the 1970s a group of radical students with communist ideologies bombed 25 sites in the United States—including the Pentagon—and murdered two New York police officers and Brinks truck driver in a botched robbery attempt. They were called The Weather Underground, and their manifesto said, “Our aim is to disrupt the empire… to incapacitate it, to put pressure on the cracks.”

Was that sedition?

One of the members of that group is William Ayers. He’s an Obama mentor and in all likelihood the ghost author of Obama’s Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.

During the administration of George W. Bush, liberal activists protested Bush’s every move. A play was even written and performed which celebrated Bush’s assassination. Sedition? None of the liberal media thought so.

But speak out against the Marxist redistributionist policies of the Obama administration and call it a regime—as liberal pundits did to Bush during his administration—and you are somehow being seditious.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “I tolerate with the utmost latitude the right of others to differ from me in opinion without imputing to them criminality.”

Liberals apparently can’t do that. Of course the reason and wisdom of Jefferson and the rest of Founders is as foreign to today’s liberals as the reasoning behind Mao Zedong’s murderous policies is to conservatives.

Perhaps that’s why political discourse has taken such an ugly turn.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Jo

    This article should be sent to the Obama zombies like Klein and Mathews. They probably won’t read it but it’s a try.

    • Doug Johnson Miami

      I have grown to be a liberal over the past ten or fifteen years, primarily due to the abuses of the government I have been forced to live under. I disagree with Livingston’s characterization of liberals as closed minded. In fact, that is something I have come to associate with right wing conservatives, many of whom do not want to discuss proven facts antagonistic to their hypothesis

      • RAPTOR- California

        Doug, It’s not nice to lie about becoming a liberal over time; You always have been one. Liberalism is a state of mind brought on by a weak personality open to brainwashing which is sorely evident in your case by not being able to tell the truth.

  • Carlton F. Borcherding

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,[71] that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. 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, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

    Recognize THESE WORDS? Nothing could be more seditious than this; yet it is one of the cornerstones of our Republic. Liberals led by their messianic leader Barack Obama had better get this through their thick heads, because there are those of us who still love our country, would do ANYTHING to defend it and it’s people and the ESTABLISHED society and form of government we have. Stiffling the decenters has NEVER been a choie in this country, and it never will be.

    • Yvan

      Carlton you need to take a trip to North Pole and take a little dip in nice cold water. This will make sure that your head is back to normal operating temperature. I’m affraid that in your present state of mind you will hurt somebody and in the process ruin your life.

      • Jerry W

        Yvan: I think you need to take a walk across antartica. Obama is hurting all of us.

  • LaVelle

    Mr. Borcherding,

    These words should be seen everywhere; on billboards, campuses, internet, news, magazines,television adds, campaigns! Our children should memorize it! Our country needs to deny tyrannical government any foothold in the land of the FREE and the home of the BRAVE with truth, correct thinking and right perspective. Nothing is more freeing than TRUTH!

  • Jim Wright

    I have every right to question the motives and actions of the government and any government official especially if their actions seem to be unconstitutional or if it appears that they may be holding office illegally. As long as I am not advocating the violent overthrow of the government or the assault upon those persons there is nothing you can legally do. I find it funny that the left, especially the Main Stream Media are so up in arms now, but said nothing about the comments, protests, and actions against President Bush. Those protests ranged from simple comments up to violent treats.


    I the early days just after the nation was founded and our election methods were in their infancy and into the early days of the Old West elective occassions were rough and tumble, voters were plyed with booze and gifts, publishers were taking their chances by massaging the truth and candidates could stump in town to town and tell the worst of lies about each other, the tar, feather and pole was not far away to express dissatifaction. It is not a bad idea that tar and feather stuff, in fact it might do well to make use of it again today, it will wear off and may leave a lasting memory but it sure as hell will cure a lying pot bellied elite politician.

  • Jerry W

    The progressives are the guilty of sedition. They are comminting sedition aganst we the people.

  • s c

    So, little Fauntleroy Matthews has a major problem with a mortal. Does he see conservatives behind every tree, shrub and bush? Does he have to medicate himself to get through the day?
    In one respect, Matthews could be said to have a semi-valid complaint. That is, when a wannabe totalitarian government can’t convince enough sheeple that it is perfect and dare not be criticized, this is what progressives and their anarchist bedfellows do.
    Matthews would do better to take hormone therapy so he could have a lower, more melodic voice. His raspy, shrill voice is as entertaining as fingernails on a large blackboard. And his knowledge of current events (and reality) is as ‘reliable’ as Gore on global warming. No wonder his ratings s u c k.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Randy

    Nancy Pelosi quite a few months ago labeled all military veterans with weapons as potential terrorists. Her statement was televised on various news networks. Some said she was out of line and some said she had a good point. As a military veteran myself, I’m here to tell you she is right on. You see when I and my fellow veterans joined the military, all branches, we took an oath to defend this country and the ‘Constitution’ from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. After I fought in the war and served my time I was given an Honorable
    Discharge. At that time I did not rescind my oath and will honor that oath till the day I die. After talking to many veterans, I believe that most feel the same way as I. I’ve also read many articles reporting that the number of militias around our country has more than tripled since Obama and his cohorts have taken over our government. The reason I say Obama and his cohorts have taken over is because they are passing laws made behind close doors and forcing upon the public what the majority, according to all the polls, do not want and fear that may economically destroy our country, and in doing so has violated our ‘Constitution’. All this so they can say they did something for the people in the hope that they will be re-elected. What folly! These laws passed by finagling the system will not bring down the deficit as promised, but instead increase it by two or three times they claimed it will cost, as proven by the record of the states that had already passed their own similar laws. And after the extra taxes these laws require to be implemented, more people will lose their jobs and increase the unemplyment far beyond the 10% they claim we’re at, and even above the actual 20% that includes the people that have been dropped from the rolls because of the length of time they have been without a job. This will cause even less revenue to be collected from the public, therby increasing the deficit even more. All this will cause our government to have to borrow money just to pay the interest on what is owed on the deficit. Why doesn’t someone ask Obama and his cohorts how much of a deficit our country can run before the rest of the world quits accepting our currency and the dollar collapses, thereby destroying our economy and bringing down our society and putting our streets into complete chaos. This scenario is being discussed by many people, especially our veterans, and is causing many people to arm themselves and buy huge amounts of ammo and food to prepare for the worst. The people I’ve been talking to and about are not the ones joining the militias, but are common everyday people who are worrying that a group of people is wrestling the government from the people and are destroying our ‘Constitution’. So Nancy Pelosi is right on about the armed military veterans possibly being domestic terrorists. A label that we all will wear proudly if these dreaded circumstances come true, for thats what King George and the British called our founding fathers. And if this comes about, Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi need not worry about getting re-elected, but how they will be dealt with for bringing down this great nation. If all this comes about, it will be interesting to see if our active duty military brothers and sisters, who took the same oath, will fire on American citizens trying to restore our ‘Constitution’. The second civil war for the United States may be coming, and I fear not even the coming mid-term election can reverse it, it may be to late already. Our great orator Obama has spent over two million dollars and is still spending, to keep from having to produce a real birth certificate that he claims he has, and to keep his college records hidden so we can’t find out if he got a foreign exchange student scholarship, because a scholarship was how he got to the ivory league colleges, but what kind of scholarship he refuses to say. The birth certivicate matter is in a federal court in California, and despite Obama’s pleadings to have the case dismissed, the retired Marine judge refuses and says the American people have a right to see the birth certivicate since it is one of the requirements to be eligible to become President. I wouldn’t be surprised if this judge gets thrown off the case, or something mysteriously ends his life. When the truth comes out about the birth certivicate and the scholarships, what will happen to the Democrats who were asked to check these things, but refused. At least the lawyers don’t have to worry about unemployment as long as no one questions why Obama is allowed to use campaign funds to pay them, and everybody thought that was illegal use of campaign funds, but remember that Obama is head of the law enforcement agencies. There’s a brave new world coming and it’s being brought back by patriots Mrs. Pelosi, not terrorists, and God will be given his country back from the followers of allah and their cohorts. GOD BLESS AMERICA, and may He see that everyone gets what they deserve, for it looks as if the time of the Macabees is coming to the United States of America.

  • Duston Rose, LTC USA (RET)

    The midterm elections are almost here and the very good news is that most of the spending can still be staunched with an influx of new blood in the Congress. With respect to your hints at revolution, be very careful about what you wish for, the last one cost us 600,000 plus lives not counting the wounded. Our enemies around the world would jump at the chance to attack us while we were busy tearing ourselves apart and the all we could hope for would be our survival as a nation. Our best course of action is to talk to our neighbors and convince them that the tree of Liberty requires all of us to tend, cherish, and respect it while preserving the rights of those with whom we so vigorously disagree.

  • james shelton

    Who the he@# watches Cris Mathews that’s about the most meaningless show ever produced except foe OB vomiting out more lies to his mindless following. I will never understand how so many people can be fooled by Satans pals.

    • Kgharts

      “james shelton says:
      April 24, 2010 at 8:51 am
      Who the he@# watches Cris Mathews that’s about the most meaningless show ever produced except foe OB vomiting out more lies to his mindless following. I will never understand how so many people can be fooled by Satans pals.”


  • http://n/a L James

    Very well said. I hope and pray that our midterm elections will be the beginning of the end-all for this Congress. With a newly elected Congress, we will have opened up great emotions and expectations. At this point, we can begin the healing to which we all look forward.
    Thank you for all you have been and done for us.

  • s c

    Sedition accusations aren’t new in America. Ask anyone who’s a self-made retard and a fan of Woodie [I am ALL POWERFUL] Wilson about it. His trick was to accuse any American who thought twice about our presence in WWI.
    At that time, the same people who later would ram the Fed down our throats didn’t have the stones to tell Wilson to go hump himself. Is it any wonder that Herr Obummer and his media whores would bring up sedition when it was convenient?
    We’re expected to love the new fuhrer, regardless of the FACT that we fought and WHIPPED the first Hitler in WWII. Somehow, the fact that we have a new Adolf is supposed to be ‘different.’ The irony is in the FACT that the new fuhrer is too dumb to understand what’s so WRONG about wanting to be an American fuhrer.
    As history so accurately points out, if you don’t learn the first time, you will repeat the SAME, old errors. Apparently, history is not taught at Haavid or in the Chicago area, and it is not respected.
    Screw Haavid. Screw Chicago. Screw ALL fuhrers, regardles of race, creed, color or any other worthless title.

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  • unclebill

    The Tea Party,proto facist.


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