Teapartier for Congress: Impeach, ‘Gather Your Armies’
June 14, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Have you been suffering from wingnuttery campaign ad withdrawal, as the primaries begin to wind down? Well, you are in luck. Rick Barber, a tea party candidate for Congress in Alabama is facing a runoff election next month. And boy, oh boy, his new ad is a doozie. In it, he has an imaginary conversation with our founding fathers, whom tea party members love to revere but know little about. As he rails against taxes, with his itchy trigger fingers handling pistols and a copy of the constitution, the George Washington character, says “Gather your armies.” Hmm, so Barber is advocating the violent overthrow of our government because he doesn’t like the I.R.S.?
The kooky ad begins with Barber, saying “and I would impeach him,” referring to President Obama “and if that’s not enough,” says Barber, letting the idea of a violent revolution sink in.
Barber then proceeds to rant against a “tyrannical” government and taxation without representation:
Barber reminds George Washington, a former distiller “how tough it is to run a small business without a tyrannical government on your back.” “Today we have an Internal Revenue Service that enforces what they call a progressive income tax,” says Barber.
Dave Weigel of the Washington Post, dissects the utter nonsense of Barber’s bizarre claims, pointing out that George Washington, as president mobilized militias to collect the first federal tax on whiskey:
“But President Washington presided over, and approved, the first tax levied by the federal government — the 1791 whiskey tax. When the tax met resistance, he approved the assembling of militias to enforce the law and mobilization of agents to collect the revenue. So the Barber daydream of Washington angrily ordering a “gathering of armies” to oppose a tax is… well, entertaining, I guess.”
After receiving criticism today for his over-the-top campaign ad Barber dismissed claims that it incited violence against our government. “It’s definitely not an inciteful call to arms,” he said blaming the criticism on people that look too “deep into things.” You’ve always got some folks that could take it the wrong way,” he said. Imagine that.