|The Ted Cruz campaign created this lovely photo of President Obama helping patriots turn over their guns because, hey, who doesn't give up their guns to a guy in a kevlar helmet who's all dark and glowering and stuff, right?|
This is exactly what inspires people who take up arms against the government:
Just a few hours after the president announced a series of executive actions that change some background check requirements on gun sales and provide funding to enforce existing laws, Ted Cruz put up a link on his website comparing the president to a SWAT team raider, or something.
The image is a photoshop of Obama wearing military-style garb and scowling ominously.
“OBAMA WANTS YOUR GUNS,” reads the page. “SUPPORT THE PROTECTION OF YOUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS!”
The page also has a form where those concerned about an armed Obama seizing their guns can give Cruz their name and email address.
One minute you have Ted Cruz telling armed men occupying a Federal bird sanctuary to stand down, the next minute he's trying to inspire a whole other bunch of lunatics to take up arms against the government. I guess that's what you do if you weren't born here and need to fleece money from gullible people.
When Mitt Romney lost, they did a post-mortem on the Republican effort to win the presidency. One of the things that came up, over and over again, was a need to move away from being "stupid."
Next year, when they do another post-mortem, the need to move away from "encouraging armed resistance to Federal laws" is going to come up. They'll learn their lesson from this. You can count on it.
Yeah, I don't think so, either.