All governors promoting domestic terrorism, please return to Kentucky

“Whose blood will be shed? It may be that of those in this room. It might be that of our children and grandchildren. I have nine children. It breaks my heart to think that it might be their blood is needed to redeem something, to reclaim something that we, through our apathy and our indifference, have given away. Don’t let it happen.”

Okay quiz-takers, was this

A) a plea by a world leader to defend the earth against a hostile alien invasion;

B) a call to arms by Kim Jong-un upon learning that his Hyundai was made in South Korea;

C) a warning from a duly elected governor on what will happen if Hillary Clinton becomes president?

If you picked C, you win!

And that was one of the more subdued moments in a speech Kentucky’s governor Matt Bevins gave last Saturday to something called the Value Voters Conference (to differentiate themselves from the rest of us who, of course, have no values.)

Two days later, suffering babbler’s remorse perhaps, he claimed to have meant military defense against radical Islam. But you know, that’s not what he said at all.

And what was the Value Voters Conference? A conservative forum “to help inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation strong.”

That’s fine. I would have put a comma after sanctity of life, but I have no problem with the rest…until Bevins spoke off the cuff and began advocating armed revolt. A holy war. Apparently his study of history skipped past the election of 1800 which was probably as hotly contested as this one but after which there was compromise and survival of the republic. Sorry, Matty, no bloodshed. (Ironically, Bevins delivered his call to arms just before heading to the Republican Party of Kentucky’s Lincoln Dinner. Yeah, that Lincoln.)

His rant sounds a little like Trump’s veiled threat that, if Clinton wins, some second-amendment devotees might be able to remedy it.

I’m not denying Bevins’s right to free speech—I’m just sorry he’s using it to promote domestic terrorism. A governor—and the rest of us—ought to be a little more responsible than this—ought to realize that though most of us are able to filter those incendiary words, there may be an incipient Timothy McVeigh out there hanging on every one of them.

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