On Tuesday, the liberal New Republic published an article that was a not-so-subtle suggestion that Barack Obama use military force against the Tea Party in the same manner Boris Yeltsin used it against hardliners in his government nearly 20 years ago.
“What is a president in a presidential constitutional republic to do when faced with an intransigent, bull-headed faction among his people’s representatives?” Julia Ioffe wrote.
She then gave a brief synopsis of the events that took place, saying Yeltsin faced a situation similar to what Obama now faces.
“Almost exactly 20 years ago, he dissolved parliament. The vice president and the speaker of the parliament dissolved Yeltsin’s presidency, and holed up with their supporters in the parliament’s headquarters, now known as ‘the White House,'” she said.
“Then Yeltsin did this to it,” she added immediately above a picture of a Russian armored vehicle in front of a flaming government building.
Although Ioffe didn’t explicitly say Obama should order the military to fire on members of the Tea Party, the implication was quite clear, and didn’t go unnoticed by readers of the New Republic.
“And liberals say there is no reason for Americans to own an AR-15,” one reader said.
“How far TNR has fallen,” another reader commented.
“Wow. The leftist authoritarians are really off the hook,” added another reader.
It’s not the first time a member of the media has suggested Obama use the military against the small-government, pro-Constitution organization.
In August 2011, Froma Harrup, the head of the Editorial Writer’s Board, implied Obama use the militaryagainst the Tea Party.
An editorial cartoon published by Arizona Daily Star cartoonist David Fitzsimmons that same month was not so subtle in its suggestion that Obama deploy Navy SEALs to assassinate Tea Party Republicans.
Other liberals op-eds have suggested the same thing, while a columnist at the Washington Post agreed with a “longtime friend” that those responsible for this week’s shutdown should be beheaded.
It’s almost enough to make one think liberals really do want a second, bloody civil war in America.