The guy who took down Anthony Weiner is ready to go to war with liberals—literally.
President Obama presented his deficit reduction plan today with a mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy by $1.5 trillion in order to accomplish the plan’s goal of reducing the federal deficit by $3 trillion.
Apparently realizing his strategy of trying to compromise with legislators acting in bad faith was not working, the president “dropped compromise for confrontation,” as the New York Times described it, and offered a threat to veto any plan coming from Congress that doesn’t match his mandate to increase taxes for the wealthy in reducing the debt.
As if anticipating the fiery new President Obama, conservatives hit the airwaves over the weekend to insist that raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans constitutes “class warfare.”
Except conservative blogger Andrew Breitbard, that is.
Breitbart, whose blog biggovernment single-handedly launched the Weinergate that took Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner, spoke on Friday at a Tea Party event in Lexington, MA. According to Mediaite, Breitbart was expressing frustration with the vicious verbal assaults he receives over Twitter when he said:
I always think to myself, ‘Fire the first shot.’ Bring it on. Because I know who’s on our side. They can only win a rhetorical and propaganda war. They cannot win. We outnumber them in this country, and we have the guns. (laughter) I’m not kidding. They talk a mean game, but they will not cross that line because they know what they’re dealing with. And I have people who come up to me in the military, major named people in the military, who grab me and they go, ‘Thank you for what you’re doing, we’ve got your back.’
Sure, anyone can get frustrated by assholes, and they hurl invective from both the left and the right, no doubt. But make no mistake about it, Breitbart is actually calling for armed civil war against liberals, here.
This wasn’t just one slip of the tongue—he carefully and deliberately articulates the difference between “rhetorical and propaganda war” and actual violent war with guns. And just in case it wasn’t clear enough, he follows it up with, “I’m not kidding.”
Ha! He was kidding about not kidding…right?
The president’s new-found steely determination seems destined to collide with people like Breitbart calling for civil war in a seriously ugly way.
Breitbart’s right that progressives “will not cross that line,” but not because they “know who they’re dealing with,” but because they’re not insane. And because they’re not the ones with the guns.