Rachel Maddow Accuses The GOP Of Trying To Overthrow The U.S. Government (VIDEO)

Rachel Maddow delivering her "Latest Sedition."

Just because we didn’t default on our national debt doesn’t mean we should ever forgive the GOP. Rachel Maddow reveals their ugly sedition plot. Photo of Rachel Maddow in her October 15th “Latest Sedition” screen captured from MSNBC video footage.

On October 17th at the stroke of midnight, Americans across the nation heaved a big sigh of relief. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow cheerily reports that the House and Senate passed a resolution to raise the debt ceiling and re-open the government in the nick of time. “Congratulations America, we have not defaulted on the national debt,” Maddow declares, then darkly adds, “by the skin of our teeth.” But just because, after 16 nerve-wracking days, things will finally go back to normal doesn’t mean we should ever forgive the Republicans or forget what they put us through. An earlier report from Maddow reveals that the GOP-led shutdown was nothing less than sedition.

As crazy as it sounds, Rachel Maddow is not the first to suggest the possibility of GOP sedition. A petition to arrest Tea Party Republicans and charge them with treason is circulating and has already gotten over 10,000 signatures. Plus, Robert Reich, the political economist and labor secretary to former President Bill Clinton, accused the Republicans of treason back in July.

On Sunday, October 13th, GOP Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) led a rally in Washington, D.C. to vent anger against the National Parks and monuments being closed … Even though they’re the ones who forced these popular tourist attractions to close! Apparently, even Tea Partiers actually like some stuff that comes from the U.S. government. After running video footage of Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) publicly shaming a park ranger, the camera cut to Rachel Maddow and a graphic wryly punning “Latest Sedition,” instead of “Latest Edition.”

Rachel Maddow accuses the GOP of Sedition. But what IS sedition?

So, what does Rachel Maddow mean when she talks about “sedition?” Sedition’s a fancy word for trying to oppose or overthrow the U.S. government. If you get convicted for trying it, the government can take all your property and money away, and throw you in jail for up to 20 years. The U.S. Penal Code (18 U.S.C. ยง 2384) explains this pretty clearly. You don’t need to speak legalese to know it sounds an awful lot like what the GOP’s been doing:

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

Since the Republican party did everything possible to shut down the U.S. government and prevent it from paying it’s debts, the legal definition of sedition clearly applies to them.

The Tea Partiers never got over losing the Civil War.

When Rachel Maddow points out that the GOP-led government shutdown was an act of sedition, she’s not really kidding. And the last time this many folks in Congress opposed the U.S. Government was before and during Civil War (1861-1865). Ahhh, now it’s all starting to make sense. The fact that so many of these Tea Party extremists hail from the former Confederacy is no coincidence. They never got over losing the Civil War. How can you handle having a black man in the White House when you haven’t even gotten over slavery being abolished? These people are okay with shutting down the U.S. government because they’re incapable of seeing President Barack Obama — or any one who isn’t white, male, and Christian — as a legitimate authority figure.

Q: “Let me ask you a simple question. Why is the federal government spending money to erect barricades to keep veterans out of this memorial?” — Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

A: “When the National Park Service is closed, you do not get to use National Park facilities.” — Rachel Maddow in her Oct. 15 “Latest Sedition”

No wonder another graphic from Rachel Maddow’s report snarks, “How to Secede Without Even Trying.” Make no mistake. When these people start howling about “states rights,” that means they don’t want the U.S. government forcing them to treat people equally and help people who are down on their luck. People with rights and a safety net are too “entitled” and “uppity.” That’s why they vote against food stamps and other programs, even though it hurts people in their own states. Desperate people with no where to turn are much easier to manage and control. Conservatives don’t even seem like they want to limit slavery to black people. By hacking away at our social safety net; privatizing public resources; and working hard to deny Americans things like health care, a living wage, food, voting, and education, the GOP wants to make us all slaves to their corporate masters. Even when that means forcing their seditious plots onto their fellow Americans.

Rachel Maddow shows us the REAL reason the GOP’s so angry.

Turns out Neugebauer, Cruz, and Lee weren’t the only ones at Sunday’s rally. Sarah Palin and the extremely odd Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) also joined the few thousand protesters who converged on the Capitol. And these crazies were totally loaded for bear. Rachel Maddow mentioned that as they see it, D.C.’s parks and monuments are not closed because the GOP shut down the government. It’s because President Barack Obama “does not like those parks and monuments.” These people didn’t even protest peacefully.

It really IS about Obama being black.

Rachel Maddow showed TV footage with angry tea baggers picking up the barricades around the World War II Memorial, dragging them to the White House, and heaving them against the White House Fence. Meanwhile, Capitol police — who weren’t even getting paid — had to put up with all these people’s crap. Here are just a few of the lovely things these disgusting human beings were yelling at D.C.’s finest.

You won’t believe what these tea baggers said to D.C. police.

  • “He walks on my freedom! Your freedom is being walked on! You need to throw those badges off!”
  • “You need to go and get out of the service of the dictator of this country!”
  • “What are you doing? You gonna stand there and be pretty and let the horses sh*t all over the road?”
  • “Make sure you guys clean the sh*t up when you get the horses out of here. We don’t want it on our streets.”
  • “These are our streets, they are not yours. He works for us. You work for us.”

The highlight of the event came when Larry Klayman, founder of a group called Freedom Watch, gave his speech. He stood in front of the White House, declared that Obama bows to Allah, and said the president should “get out of town.” In a manner that Rachel Maddow found to be “vaguely threatening but incoherent,” Klayman then demanded that Obama “put down his Koran and come up with his hands out.” ummm …. yeah. Okay. Meanwhile, the camera panned over to another man who was waving a Confederate flag in one hand and a U.S. Marines flag in the other. The Marines flag was emblazoned with their motto, “semper fidelis” (always faithful). This seems like an odd choice for a stars-and-bars waving sedition monger, but none of us should expect these people to make any sense.

Here’s the video from Rachel Maddow’s “Latest Sedition.”

More sedition to come? Hopefully not any time soon.

In her October 17th special report, Rachel Maddow caught an amusing exchange between a CNN reporter and the president. The reporter asked Barack Obama if he thinks a debt ceiling crisis or shutdown could happen all over again in a few months. Our weary-but-resolute president looked over his shoulder and firmly said, “No.” MSNBC’s D.C. correspondent Luke Russert agreed that the “beating they took in the polls” would make another attempt at overthrowing the government unlikely. At least not so soon after this recently averted budget crisis. Russert also wryly likened the GOP to terrorists who hijacked an airplane but couldn’t fly it.

But before we start thinking we have nothing to fear, here’s something to think about. The last minute budget bill passed the House 285-144. Sure, it’s a huge majority. But still, there are 144 stubborn House Republicans who voted against it. Those people don’t care that recent polls show Americans don’t like the shutdown and blame the GOP for it. They don’t even care that — as shown in the Rachel Maddow Show’s infographic below — the GOP did not win a single thing they asked for in the new budget deal. It’s scary, how badly they want to take down the U.S. government and screw the American people. They’ll be back.

Infographic from the Oct. 16th  Rachel Maddow Show showing that the GOP didn't win a single one of their demands when the shutdown finally ended.

Rachel Maddow’s special report on Oct. 17 shows that for all their bluster, the Republicans got nothing out of their attempt at sedition.

Here’s the video where Rachel Maddow and MSNBC’s D.C. correspondent Luke Russert report on the last-minute vote that averted the looming debt ceiling crisis.

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