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Huckabee and Voight: You Say You Want A Revolution

Reported by Alex - September 3, 2009 -

Well, you know
We all want to change the world…
But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out?

Not if you’re actor political prostitute and Chicken Little Jon Voight, who was given a platform this past weekend to spout his anti-health-care, anti-Obama, civil-war-is-on-the-way message by christofascist “pastor” and Fox "News" host Mike Huckabee. While Voight charged that President Obama is “arrogant” and “causing civil unrest”, Jesus’ Huckster mused along with him that Obama is “playing the God card”. Pot/kettle/black, anyone? You couldn’t make it up. With video.

Huckabee, wearing his concern face, set Voight up for his party piece by asking him what he meant when he said that the United States was heading down a path leading to civil unrest.

Voight: We’re in a situation where.. at this hour… the American people are being forced to do something that we don’t want to do. We’re witnessing a slow and steady takeover of our true freedoms. We’re becoming a socialist nation, and Obama is causing civil unrest in this country….We see the stimulus package didn’t work…we see the government taking over banks…car companies.. insurance… we’re being told what cars we can drive …how much we can make…and now they want to tell us what doctors we can see and what treatments we can have…He’s trying everything, even the so-called “God card”. “If you love God,” he tells us, “then it’s your duty to vote this health care bill in.”

We’re witnessing a slow and steady takeover of our true freedoms.

• Which freedoms are those, Jon? Do you mean the freedom of unscrupulous lenders and greedy banks to sell subprime mortgages to people who aren’t educated or savvy enough to know any better, and then bundle and resell them in the high-finance game of pass the buck that touched off a worldwide recession?

• Maybe you mean the freedom of employers to cheat their staff out of equal pay for equal work.

• Or perhaps you have a problem with the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009.

• You certainly couldn’t mean the freedom to carry an unconcealed weapon to the President’s town meeting while carrying a sign suggesting that the Tree of Liberty might benefit from a refreshing drink of Presidential blood. Did anyone see this guy handcuffed and carted away? I didn’t.

• Oh and by the way, where were you when the Patriot Act was created? Did you complain about the potential violations of our freedoms then? Oh, right - IOKYAR.

Obama is causing civil unrest in this country

• Funny, that. I haven’t heard President Obama suggest that the Tree of Liberty needs a wee drop of blood. On the other hand we’ve had things like righting nutcases bringing guns to town halls, suggestions by the unhinged netizens of FoxNation that a little civil war or an assassination might set things right, various Fox News talking - errr - heads fanning the flames of hostility at any opportunity, and Glenn Beck lending tacit support for a guest’s wish for another major terrorist attack on the United States as well as wargaming the “coming civil war”.

• Isn’t saying “Obama is causing civil unrest in this country” like saying “short skirts cause rape” or “owning a lot of nice stuff causes burglary”?

• But now that I think about it, Voight might have a point – after all, having black skin has always been a “cause” of civil unrest in the United States.

The stimulus package didn’t work.

• See here

• And here

• And here

Now they want to tell us what doctors we can see and what treatments we can have

• Ummmm, isn’t that what health insurance companies do??

He’s trying everything, even the so-called “God card”.

• This one takes the cake for sheer audacity. The audacity of hype, one might call it. Voight actually sat there with a straight face and complained about President Obama invoking basic Christian principles, such as “I am my brother's keeper and I am my sister's keeper”, on a show hosted by a supposedly “Christian” pastor, aimed at a supposedly “Christian” audience, on a network that is constantly bleating about how America is a “Christian nation”!!

And it gets better [or worse, depending on your sense of humor]:

Voight: I say they’re taking away God’s first gift to man: our free will…and no man...even if he’s the President of the United States…has the consent of God to decide that he's God."

JC’s Huckster: He did a conference call, Jon, with a thousand ministers last week, and if President Bush had done that or if others had done that they would have been castigated for invoking the God card, but …the liberal press sorta said “that’s okay if he does that”.

Ooooooh, a little aftertaste of sour grapes still lingering, eh, Huckster? Well, for starters, President Obama never claimed to be God. It seems it’s the rightwing press and their cadre of clapping seals that make that claim. Secondly, President Obama never even claimed to know the will of God, unlike a certain President who invaded a sovereign nation because God told him to, or a certain wannabe-President who ran for office because, well, God told him to.

Then there’s the guy who wanted to change the Constitution to reflect God’s will. Remember this, Huckster?:

I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. And that’s what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than trying to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family.

Wait a minute – changing the Constitution? Isn’t that what the Teabaggers, Townhallers and Tenthers have their knickers in a twist about? I mean, you’re not supposed to mess with the Constitution, right?

You say you’ll change the Constitution,
Well, you know,
We all want to change your head
You tell me it’s the institution
Well you know –
You’d better free your mind instead!


With love and thanks to the FoxBloggers and The Beatles for their contributions to this post.