Numerous Republicans have expressed discontent with the Supreme Court’s upholding of the Affordable Care Act, but it took a Tea Party leader to imply that the decision could justify a new Civil War.
Mississippi Tea Party Chairman Roy Nicholson posted a statement at his group’s website on Friday proclaiming that “the US Supreme Court has joined with the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government in abandoning the Constitution, the Rule of Law, and with that ruling abandoned the People.”
“The all out oppression of all people has begun,” Nicholson continued. “In such cases submission is treason. Treason against the Constitution and the valid legitimate government of the nation to which we have pledged our allegiance for years. To resist by all means that are right in the eyes of God is not rebellion or insurrection, it is patriotic resistance to invasion. . . . May godly courageous leaders rise up in His wisdom and power to lead us in displacing the criminal invaders.”
Think Progress notes that although Nicholson’s language may be the most extreme, he is not alone in his apocalyptic reaction. A former Michigan Republican Party spokesperson, Matthew Davis, sent out an email on Thursday headed “Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?” Even Breitbart.com’s Ben Shapiro took to Twitter to call the decision “the end of America as we know it. No exaggeration.”
A number of Republican governors, including Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, have announced more modestly that they intend to drag their heels about implementing the provisions of the act, in hopes the the election of a Republican president and Congress next fall could lead to its repeal. Walker’s intransigence has since prompted Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to point out that the governor is obligated to obey the law as set forth.
This video was uploaded by citizenlibertygc on July 19, 2009. It shows Roy Nicholson calling upon his followers to resist the “dictatorial powers” of the Obama administration and to familiarize themselves with the “Cloward-Piven plan” so often referenced by Glenn Beck.
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