“Radical Islam” Isn’t Our Biggest Threat

According to a survey conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University, 44 percent of self-described Republicans believe “an armed revolution might be necessary to protect our liberties.”

thom-hartmannWhile many on the Right fear monger about so-called “radical Islam,” and it’s threat to our nation, a new poll shows that Muslims aren’t the ones we should worry about.  According to a survey conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University, 44 percent of self-described Republicans believe “an armed revolution might be necessary to protect our liberties.”  You heard that right – nearly half believe it may be time to overthrow the government.  And, if that wasn’t concerning enough, only 31 percent of Republicans disagree about an upcoming revolution.

It’s not immigrants or Muslims we need to worry about – it’s the anti-government extreme right that are currently espousing conspiracy theories and stockpiling weapons.  They are the real threat to our nation and to our democracy.  Considering that Republicans have actively worked to fight against liberty in the areas of voting rights, women’s reproductive health, and economic security, it appears the only so-called liberty they worry about is the Second Amendment.

This poll essentially says that 44 percent of Republicans are willing to mount an armed insurgency against our government to protect the gun-show loophole, which allows criminals and terrorists to buy guns.  This shows how conspiracy theories, like FEMA camps and the gun confiscation, really do have dangerous results.  Responsible leaders in the Republican party must start working to change this, and quiet the anti-government rhetoric in their party.  And right-wing talking heads need to be held accountable for the dangerous conspiracy theories they spout.

It’s one thing to protest, and to call for your elected leaders to represent your views…it’s another to advocate armed revolution.  You can’t wave a flag in one hand, point a gun at your government in the other, and still call yourself patriotic.

Thom Hartmann
Thom Hartmann is a progressive nationally and internationally syndicated talkshow host (also simulcast as TV in 40 million homes by Dish Network/Free Speech TV), and New York Times bestselling, four-time Project Censored winning author of 24 books in print in 17 languages on five continents. Follow Thom on Twitter @Thom_Hartmann
  • http://www.examiner.com/user-celebs4truth ConspiracyExaminer

    What “democracy,” you absolute dimwit? Notice how NO ONE gives a crap about your opinion? You prove more and more every day just how much of an establishment puppet you truly are… Whether that be witting or otherwise. My crystal ball says you’ll soon be reduced to being a blowhard on Current TV. You and Stephanie Miller would make a great team! LOL

  • Jess Duntno

    “While many on the Right fear monger about so-called “radical Islam,” and it’s threat to our nation, a new poll shows that Muslims aren’t the ones we should worry about.”

    Huh? Radical Islam morped into Muslims? in the same sentence? And a poll by Fairly Rediculous? Sampling? Methodology? Please.

  • Doug DeLong

    While I am no advocate of revolution and certainly no promoter of violence of any kind (I am a quasi-pacifist) you cannot state with logic that it is unpatriotic to want to protect our rights given to us in the constitution and to protect them however necessary. Articles such as yours are written to condition the psychology of America into thinking that it’s only the far right radicals who are concerned about the erosion of our liberties and that sir is a deceptive assumption. I am about as far to the left as Jane Fonda and I for one am extremely concerned about our right to privacy, illegal search and seizure and free speech. I am also a proponent of the 2nd amendment as it keeps thing in check and prevents tyranny. Gun control only works if you trust those to whom you give your guns. Finally I’m not sure why you lump FEMA camps in with something out of Grimms Fairy Tales but let me assure you sir that they are real and the plans laid and leaked to imprison political dissidents in this country is real as well. Thom, you are plain wrong on this one.

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