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Virginia Republican group denounces its own call for ‘armed revolution’

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The Republican Party of Greene County, Virginia denounced on Thursday an essay it published in March, which demanded that conservatives take up arms and overthrow the government if President Barack Obama is reelected.

“The Greene County Republican Committee denounces such language and does not subscribe to that thinking,” a prepared statement from chairman Gary Lowe, published to the group’s website on Thursday, attempted to explain. “The membership of the GCRC is composed of hard working, law abiding Americans who raise families, pay taxes, generously serve their community and respect the Presidency of the United States.  As a editorial comment, it is the musing of one person, not the party.”

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Lowe went on to insist, however, that the statements the group published “are protected by [sic] 1st Amendment to the Constitution,” comparing them to political speech “by Ted Nugent, Bill Maher, anti-American preacher Jeremiah Wright (‘God damn America.’ – Blames USA for 9/11), disgraced Presidential Czar Van Jones and others.”

In the original piece, published in March, writer Ponch McPhee argues that President Obama is “an ideologue unlike anything world history has ever witnessed or recognized,” claiming that he “shuns biblical praise, handicaps economic ability” and “disrespects the honor of earned military might.”

He adds: “The ultimate task for the people is to remain vigilant and aware  ~ that the government, their government is out of control, and this moment, this opportunity, must not be forsaken, must not escape us, for we shall not have any coarse [sic] but armed revolution should we fail with the power of the vote in November ~ This Republic cannot survive for 4 more years underneath this political socialist ideologue.”

Despite his writer’s brash rhetoric, the party chairman affirmed that “we do not believe that if the results end up with the re-election of Barack Obama, that will necessitate what the author suggests.”

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The Greene County Republican Party has since removed its March 2012 newsletter from its website front page, but a PDF copy remained on their server (archived here).

Officials with the Greene County Republican Party did not respond to a request for comment.

(H/T: Right Wing Watch)

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