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Hannity & Colmes Guest Says Military Coup "May Be The Only Thing That Can Save This Country"

Reported by Ellen - May 29, 2007 -

On the 5/28/07 edition of Hannity & Colmes, author, columnist and professor Thomas Sowell explained why he thinks a military coup may be the only thing that can save the United States. During the same show, Sowell also complained that Republicans are too wishy-washy and not outraged enough. With video.

I’m not sure if the interview with Sowell was a rerun of a segment I previously missed or had been pre-taped for airing on Memorial Day (the show seemed to be comprised of a mixture of both). During his portion of the interview, Alan Colmes questioned Sowell about a recent National Review column in which he wrote, “When I see the worsening degeneracy in our politicians, our media, our educators, and our intelligentsia, I can’t help wondering if the day may yet come when the only thing that can save this country is a military coup.”

Colmes asked how serious Sowell was about that.

Sowell replied, “I’m very serious about whether or not the country can be saved at all in the long run, especially with Iran moving toward nuclear weapons, with so many signs of degeneracy – the schools, whatnot. Heaven knows, I don’t want to see a military coup but I don’t want to see the society disintegrate, either.”

Later in the discussion, Colmes noted that Sowell also wrote that he has not seen a Republican express outrage since Clarence Thomas in 1991. Sowell must not watch FOX News. But Colmes, who gets hit with Republican outrage nearly every night on Hannity & Colmes (and that’s not counting O’Reilly Factor, Big Story, etc.) did not dispute the assertion. “Is that a negative?” Colmes asked.

Apparently, Sowell thinks Republicans are just too polite and wishy-washy. He answered Colmes, “I think when you have one party that is expressing outrage almost daily and another party which is trying to be polite and low key and so on, after a certain amount of time, that begins to take its effect. There’s no sense that I get that people are ready to spring to the defense of the values they represent.” He went on to compare Republicans to the Whig party. “Why did the Whig Party disappear? Because they were too wishy-washy. They didn’t really stand for anything after a while.”

Sowell oxymoronically added, “Moderation is fine if it’s not carried to extremes.”

The video below is of Colmes’ portion of the discussion.