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.
That's why we need to annex them mountains up in Wyoming! It weren't no mistake dammit, that's gonna be part of the new Area51!
Give me pre-existing conditions or give me death ! Patriots of area 51, CHARGE !!!
Jesus. I knew Beauprez was bad, but I didn't know he was start a civil war over Obama bad. #smh
I was hoping he would last a while before he imploded like Ken Buck. I guess life is good in HoneyBadgerville today…
Yeah. This kind of lunacy has no place in any adult discussion.
"As bad as we have ever seen" well except when coal miners were getting shot up at Ludlow maybe. Or when more than half the adult population could not vote. Or that whole Great Depression era. Slavery. Native American Genocide. Or we were, you, know, in an actual Civil War…
But yeah, I see what he's saying, I mean if he's totally batshit crazy or completely devoid of ethics and integrity. Which? I don't suppose they have to be mutually exclusive.
On the other hand, this should play pretty well with the caucus crowd…
So General Both Ways Bob is thinking if he can't win the big prize at least he can out crazy the Tank? Maybe he's a red herring to help the Honey Badger by siphoning off some of the batshit vote from Tancredo?
Nah, . .
. . . there's plenty of batshit-vote to go around for the whole GOP field.
What a damned fool. Are we done with this distraction yet?
Nope. He's hung around your collective necks like a wannabe-extremist, out-crazy-the-already-crazies, right-wing anvil.
You guys created these Bagger Frankensteins; now, mixing my metaphors, you will ride the tiger. Good luck.
I had nothing to do with Bob Beauprez. I've never once voted for him. Should Republicans hang all of your crazies from your neck too?
Sure, you can start with ones that were elected Colorado US Congressmembers and statewide candidates. Go!
John Edwards. William Jefferson. Anthony Weiner. I'll keep going.
Those were former Colorado congressmembers and statewide candidates currently runing for office in our state?
CT — remember the Laughing Boy Rule: If one Democrat, anywhere in the universe, does something stupid, it is an indictment of the entire Dem Party.
If dozens of Republicans do the most outrageous, indefensible acts right here in our own backyard, well, that's just an irrelevant anomaly that you should disregard.
I don't remember him being quite this crazy years ago. I suppose if you're just getting started on petitioning onto the ballot at this late date your best bet is to go all out for the batshit crazy/dumb as a post rightie base voters. But doesn't Tanc already have that demo sewn up?
Well, he is older now, and and may be getting a bit ummm…eccentric. And, he probably is locked into the Faux, conservative talk radio echo chamber/dungeon. He may actually think most people think these things. Sad.