If you spend a lot of your time perusing the dozens of daily polls and surveys taken of the American population, you will eventually come to realize that you can find people who support just about anything. Even with that in mind, though, it is surprising to see that 29 percent of the country can envision a scenario where they would support a military takeover of Washington. Approximately 70 million Americans, in other words, can reasonably imagine a situation where they would cheer on a military that takes over the federal government.
Because the YouGov poll shows Republicans much more inclined to support a takeover than Democrats, the poll will undoubtedly be spun in a way to make the right look crazy. That is, after all, what the mainstream media does. Analysts looking at the poll say they believe the reason for the surprising results is that the military is much more popular than our politicians. As though Americans – fed up with D.C. politics – would be fully willing to support a hostile overthrow of the government.
More likely, the party division represents a failure of imagination among Democrats. They have not, after all, ever had to contend with a Republican version of Barack Obama. Say what you will about the Bush administration – it’s not even close. If Democrats ever had to deal with a Republican president as anti-American and unconstitutional as this one, they might change their minds about the prospect of a military coup.
Over the last seven years, conservatives have been forced to watch as this country swirls the drain under Obama’s leadership.
Obamacare – the law that doesn’t mean what it says.
Amnesty – the president’s willingness to defy congressional law for his own anti-American agenda.
Iran – where we put our closest allies in jeopardy so we can give a terrorist state international legitimacy.
Gay marriage – where the Supreme Court blatantly redefines both marriage and the 14th Amendment.
Is it any wonder that Republicans can imagine the benefits of a military takeover?
It’s important to note, of course, that the poll did not ask: Would you support a military coup of the federal government? It asked if respondents could imagine a scenario in which they would support such a move. And anyone with the slightest knowledge of world history would have to say yes. It’s very easy to imagine a situation where the federal government has grown so large and so authoritarian that action is required. Anyone who thinks otherwise is too naive to live.
On the other hand, maybe the fantasy of watching President Obama led away by Military Police was just too tempting for Republicans to resist. Ask a silly question, get a silly answer.