Only problem is, I don’t think they actually know what it means. They think they know. Like the character in “The Princess Bride” who used all those big words, until Inigo Montoya finally looked at him and said, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
Joe Klein, who writes for Time magazine, (I wasn’t sure Time was still in print) visited the lib conclave at MSNBC over the weekend and, referring to the little paper napkin holding his massive amount of research, stated, “And a lot of these statements, especially the ones coming from people like Glenn Beck and to a certain extent Sarah Palin, rub right up close to being seditious.”
Uh, Joe, exactly where did you find that napkin? And where did you do your research? I can picture him, sitting at the steak house, grabbing a napkin off the table, pulling out his Blackberry, punching in ‘sedition,’ and jotting down a few lines from Wikipedia. Voila! Research done.
Only problem is, the definition of sedition according to Webster’s is “incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority.”
Did you catch that? Lawful authority. And our authority in the United States is not a person or even a group of persons. Our lawful authority in this country is the U.S. Constitution.
We are, as John Adams said, a nation of law, not of men. We are governed not by Barack Obama or Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi, but the United States Constitution.
For Beck, Limbaugh and others to be guilty of sedition, they would have to be speaking against the U.S. Constitution.
The Tea Party participants, conservative bloggers, conservative talk show hosts, all the millions of Americans who are calling, faxing, and emailing their representatives, confronting them at townhall meetings, and on airplanes, must be doing something right. The uglier and more ridiculous the attacks become, the more sure you can be that we are gaining ground, winning hearts and minds for America.
As Ghandi said, “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Looks like we’ve made it to the fighting stage. Which means that we’re close to the winning stage.
We are winning, and they have only begun to fight. We must be tough, thick-skinned, and positive in our message. Personally, I think we should mostly ignore their attacks; no amount of protest on our parts will change their minds, and it accomplishes their objective: to distract us and make us waste our time.
I addressed it here today primarily to express that opinion, and, to make fun of it. Gives me an opportunity to use Uncle Saul’s Rule #5, ‘ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.‘
So, for Joe Klein, stuck working for a once-great news magazine now in decline, and thinner than the coupon section of my local paper, I leave you with this.