In the eight years since former Congressman Bob Beauprez's last political campaign, he has kept busy authoring a political blog, A Line of Sight, and making the rounds of various conservative talk-show and online media outlets. During the last few years, as we probably don't need to remind our longtime readers, rhetoric from the "Tea Party"-aligned Republican Party has become…strident where the administration of President Barack Obama is concerned.
Here's a clip we were forwarded from a 2012 interview with Beauprez on theDove TV, discussing the implications of that favorite of right-wing "scarelore" stories, the dreaded U.N. Small Arms Treaty. As we've discussed in this space a number of times, the U.N. Small Arms Treaty, intended to regulate international trafficking in small arms, does not pose any threat to the rights of Americans to keep and bear arms.
Among those who don't believe that? Bob Beauprez.
ATKINSON: You know Congressman, this, this, I don't even like going down this road, but if this saw the light of day, and God forbid that it would, but if this saw the light of day, wouldn't this be a modern-day civil war in this country? [Pols emphasis]
BEAUPREZ: Well, some are wondering what will be the, the line that gets crossed eventually, where, where people actually rise up and say enough. I mean, our founding documents refer to it, that people have every right, a free people have every right, that when government becomes too obtrusive, too obsessive, too overwhelming, and infringes on their individual liberty and freedom, free people have the right to overthrow that government and establish a new one.
I hope and pray that, that we don't see another revolution in this country. I hope and pray we don't see another civil war, but this administration is pushing the boundaries like none I think we've ever, ever seen. [Pols emphasis]
And there you have it, folks–Colorado's newest "frontrunner" gubernatorial candidate, Bob Beauprez, claims the Obama administration is "pushing the boundaries" toward civil war in the United States. Now, we're pretty sure this kind of Alex Jones-style bug-eyed crazy talk turns off even a significant number of Republicans, not to mention the overwhelming majority of all the other kinds of voters. So ordinarily, we'd say this is a subject to avoid or change in an interview. That said, perhaps the only kind of person "Obama civil war" rhetoric doesn't immediately alienate is–lucky Bob Beauprez–the hardest-hardcore GOP primary voters!
So maybe this will help Beauprez, at least until the primary is over. Those of you sitting there with your jaws agape, understand that Bob Beauprez isn't really counting on your support. Or at least he isn't now.