Tom Maguire calls it:
the silliest thing I read today, or maybe this year. The military effecting a civilized, bloodless coup because they don’t like the current leadership?
Ed Morrissey echoes his thoughts and adds, “It’s a lunatic fantasy straight out of Greek theater.” John Perry, a supposedly conservative columnist at Newsmax is talking about a military intervention here to “defend the constitution” in response to the President’s dithering on Afghanistan. You don’t defend the constitution by making civilian authority subservient to the military. That undermines one of its animating ideas, one which George Washington himself particularly appreciated.
In the spirit of the Father of our Country, Morrissey offers a better alternative to Obama’s dithering:
The alternative, non-violent solution is the one we’ve been using for 220 years: elections. We have another coming in 2010. If the American people get fed up with the direction of this government, then we will change it in the midterms. We do not need our military to rescue us from ourselves, thank you very much.
One might excuse this kind of nihilism if it came from a college freshman who had no sense of his own nation’s history, but this comes from a man who served two White House administrations. There is simply no excuse for this hankering for a banana republic in America from someone who should know much, much better.The alternative, non-violent solution is the one we’ve been using for 220 years: elections. We have another coming in 2010.
Extremists on the right aren’t the only ones to harbor fantasies of military intervention. Morrissey notes that Gore Vidal, a gifted writer, but conspiracy-minded leftist also imagines a military dictatorship. Well, okay, then.
Obama has been blundering badly on any number of issues, but he was elected for four-year term. Military intervention is not the solution to our nation’s problems. Not the proper response to a flailing Administration. And that someone claiming to be a conservative would suggest as much indicates a man unfamiliar with the ideas of the ideology he ostensibly espouses.
UPDATE: Despite left-wing attempts to call Perry a mainstream conservative (see the comments below), he is anything but:
The fact of the matter is that John L. Perry is not a conservative. In fact his bio page says that he’s worked for Jimmy Carter, a Democrat governor of Florida and other Democrat Party institutions.