John on December 21, 2009 at 1:39 pm
Joe Klein accuses Senator Coburn of “borderline sedition” and being “dangerously close to incitement to violence” for saying the following:
The crisis of confidence in this country is now at an apex that has not seen in over 150 years, and that lack of confidence undermines the ability of legitimate governance,” he said. “There’s a lot of people out there today who…will say, ‘I give up on my government,’ and rightly so.
This isn’t the first time Joe has used that word against the right. Just a few months ago he said of Fox News:
Fox News peddles a fair amount of hateful crap. Some of it borders on sedition.
Here’s the dictionary definition:
An illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government.
Obviously, stating that Americans have lost confidence in their government is not sedition for at least two reasons. First, free speech means saying this isn’t illegal or even “borderline” illegal. Second, based on poll results it seems to be true.
- Congressional disapproval is at 66%.
- Disapproval of the health reform bill is around 55% in recent polls.
- Approval of the President is below 50% in several surveys.
If Coburn’s statements are seditious then what about Klein’s own statements? Remember this gem?
It would be interesting, just for the fun and justice of it, to subject Rumsfeld to four hours in a stress position â€” standing stock still with his arms extended, naked, in a cold room after maybe two hours’ sleep…Fidell and others say it is possible, though highly unlikely, that Bush et al. could be arrested overseas â€” one imagines the Vice President pinched midstream on a fly-fishing trip to Norway â€” just as Augusto Pinochet, the Chilean dictator, was indicted in Spain and arrested in London for his crimes.
Klein is wishing for the former Secretary of Defense to be tortured (for fun!) and for the Vice President to be arrested by a foreign government. I think Joe has come a lot closer to the dictionary definition of sedition than anything Senator Coburn said.
Spare us the outrage, Joe.
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