William Gheen, founder of anti-immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC says people need to start thinking about violent insurrection against "Dictator Barack Obama". On right-wing Christianist Janet Mefferd's radio show, Gheen said [mp3 file]:
We're no longer referring to him as President Barack Obama. Our national organization has made the decision and made the announcement we now refer to him as Dictator Barack Obama. That's what he is. And basically at this point, if you're looking for a peaceful, political recourse there really isn't one that we can think of, and I'm really not sure what to tell people out there than I guess they need to make decisions soon to just accept whatever comes next or some type of extra-political activities that I can't even really talk about because they're all illegal and violent.
No peaceful recourse. Just accept whatever comes next, or engage in extra-political activities that are all illegal and violent. It seems pretty clear to me, but of course he insists that he's been misunderstood, and that he really meant something else. Here are a few excerpts from his clarification statement.
My comments on the radio show were merely meant to reflect what I see Americans who are paying close attention to these issues see facing them.
See, when he said he didn't know what else to tell people, he was just explaining what he thinks they were already telling themselves. Got it? As explained in his clarification, while he believes that "people in America are being forced into a decision between submission or more revolutionary means", he wants everybody to understand that it's "Dictator Barack Obama" who's forcing those Americans to contemplate violent insurrection, while Mr. Gheen insists that he has "disavow[ed] any form of violence on many occasions".
Any form of violence. The guy is, apparently, a total and complete pacifist. But then he also says "I've never started a physical fight, but I've finished a few in my time and I would never engage in violence against anyone for any reason other than to protect myself and my family from physical harm."
So he's against violence except when he justifies it by claiming that it was defensive. Presumably like when you encourage others to engage in violent insurrection against the government, and then insist that it's because you were forced into doing so by the democratically-elected Chief Executive that you refer to as "Dictator".
In further clarification, he explains that "if there is ever another violent revolution in America [the violent revolution that he says people need to engage in if they're not willing to [j]ust accept whatever comes next], I can have nothing to do with it." So while he may feel that violent insurrection is the only option other than just giving up, his plan is to remain "committed to the path of peace and nonviolence", let other people do the fighting, and just act as a sort of cheerleader.
But if Gheen is committed to a path of peace and nonviolence, he has some funny ways of showing it. Back during the 2010 election, there was a bit of a fuss about AliPACâ€™s endorsement of Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth, and racist language posted by commenters on the AliPAC website. This is what the Phoenix New Times had to say:
We called ALIPAC organizeer William Gheen and had to listen to a blast of profanity and his asking us to contact him by e-mail in the future so he could shove a hard copy of our questions â€œup [our] ass.â€ He threatened to â€œsue the shit out ofâ€ New Times for even asking about racist language on the Web site.
Maybe itâ€™s just me, printing out emails and forcibly inserting them up somebody elseâ€™s rectum isnâ€™t anywhere near â€œthe path of peace and nonviolenceâ€.
In any case, it appears that heâ€™ll be cheerleading for a team that he is sure will lose. Because, as he said in his clarification statement, â€œI do not believe that the forces that are destroying America can be vanquished with the force or [sic] arms. I believe this is a spiritual conflict. I believe that only through divine Providence will God save the United States of America.â€ Or maybe he was referring to â€œillegal and violentâ€ spiritual warfare.
Is AliPAC encouraging the overthrow of the United States government through imprecatory prayer?