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Montana Republican Group Invites Conspiracy-Addled Birther Propagandist to Speak

Missoula City Council Member Adam Hertz announced today on his Twitter feed that Major General Paul Vallely  will give a keynote speech to to the Five Valleys Pachyderm Club next month. The Pachyderms Club describes themselves as “coordinated closely” with the Republican Central Committee and State Republican Party, and appears to meet every couple of weeks in Missoula.

Retired Major General Vallely is a major get for the Republican group, because he’s a certified birther as well as a paranoid, conspiracy-addled propagandist who has advocated for the overthrow of the American government.

No, really.

Just how crazy is Vallely? He’s one of the organizers leading a movement of imaginary millions called “Operation American Spring” which plans to overthrow the American government on the model of the Arab Spring:


Its organizers anticipate a violent clash between millions of Americans:

The organizer, Harry Riley, predicts that “millions of Americans will participate” but warns that “patriots may be killed, wounded, incarcerated” and harassed by the government. After successfully overthrowing Obama, the group hopes to install a right-wing tribunal led by the likes of Allen West and Ted Cruz.

“[I]t will be painful, and some people may die because the government will not be non-violent; some of us will end up in a cell, and some may be injured,” writes the organizer. “If that’s what it will take to save our nation, do we have any choice? Freedom loving Americans will say there is no choice, we must begin the second American Revolution.”

An alternative plan involves a citizens arrest of the President:

“I would say if we can make citizens’ arrest,” he [Vallely] continued. “I challenge our government that if we have people that are conducting treason against the United States and the best interests of our country, violating the Constitution, violating our laws, just as they are doing with these excessive executive orders that are coming out of the White House where you have a President and his team that doesn’t care about the Constitution.”

If those don’t work, Vallely envisions a totally constitutional scheme to require Obama to resign:

“First, in most of the world’s so-called ‘democracies’ – actually, multi-party constitutional republics – a formal vote of ‘no confidence’ by the Lower House suspends or greatly limits the governing authority of the party in power and, in a ‘recall’ of sorts, mandates new elections within 30-60 days,” the insider reportedly reasons. “Although we have no such instrument in our Constitution or in existing law, there is nothing to prevent its use as a comprehensive de facto indictment and conviction for contempt of Congress, violations of oath of office and of the Constitution itself – for all of the reasons stated in such a resolution.

In marginally more lucid moments, Vallely has called for the resignations of almost every politician in Washington:

We need to demand the resignation of Obama, [Vice President Joe] Biden, [Republican House Speaker John] Boehner, [Senate Republican Leader Mitch] McConnell, [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi and [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid. The leadership of both parties needs to step down and new leaders step up.”

Vallely’s not satisfied with calling for the overthrow of the government. He’s a confirmed birther lunatic who believes that President Obama’s birth certificate was a forgery:

Retired Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, the chief of Stand Up America, a national security expert and Fox News contributor, says the “Certificate of Live Birth” released in April by the White House as “proof positive” of President Obama’s Hawaiian birth is a forgery, but the FBI is covering the fraud and no one in Congress is willing to tackle the situation because of fears of a “black backlash” if the failings of the nation’s first black president are revealed.
[…] “No members of Congress will take this on. The word I get out of Washington is that they don’t want to challenge this because it would be in fact a felony offense and in some cases may be even treasonous and [they are] afraid of a black backlash from some of the urban areas,” Vallely said. [World Net Daily 6/15/11]

Not only that, but he supported a Lt. Colonel in the Army who faced court martial for refusing to fight in Afghanistan:

The most recent endorsement of Lt. Col. Terry Lakin’s claim that no orders issued by the US military are legitimate because President Barack Obama is not a native-born American citizen comes from Maj. Gen. (ret.) Paul Vallely, who stated in a radio interview featured on Friday by the conservative website WorldNetDaily that he believes Lakin has “a valid point.”

“I think many in the military — and many out of the military — question the natural-birth status of Barack Obama,” Vallely remarked. “I’m not convinced that he is [a natural-born citizen].”

While we’re at it, let’s not forget that Vallely was part of the propaganda team working for President Bush to support the failed war in Iraq, even lying to a Fox News audience, claiming the insurgency was going to be defeated in Iraq when his own observations suggested the opposite:

Records and interviews show how the Bush administration has used its control over access and information in an effort to transform the analysts into a kind of media Trojan horse — an instrument intended to shape terrorism coverage from inside the major TV and radio networks…

“I saw immediately in 2003 that things were going south,” General Vallely, one of the Fox analysts on the trip, recalled in an interview with The Times.

The Pentagon, though, need not have worried.

“You can’t believe the progress,” General Vallely told Alan Colmes of Fox News upon his return. He predicted the insurgency would be “down to a few numbers” within months.

That Vallely has the audacity to challenge the legitimacy of the Obama Administration’s governance after cheerleading a war that cost the United States thousands of lives and billions of dollars is a testament to just how disconnected from reality he is—and that the Five Valleys Pachyderm has selected him as a keynote speaker is yet more evidence of the irrationality of a political party once dedicated to some semblance of principle and reason.

I used to honestly believe that there was a sensible core of the Republican Party, people with whom I could have reasonable disagreement about policy and the direction of the United States. In their embrace of people like Vallely and other reactionary crackpots, though, it seems they’ve sold their collective souls for the sake of a few TEA Party votes.

No rational, reasonable, or , dare I say, loyal political group should be inviting someone like Vallely to speak, but perhaps there’s no one reasonable, rational, or loyal left in the Republican Party.

If there are, it’s time for them to speak up. Anyone?

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  • Hard to believe, isn’t it, especially since there’s not a whisper from any mainstream news sources. But I tried to warn the Dems some twenty years ago as to just whom they were dealing with. Ex. congo man pat wms. chastised me, saying that we shouldn’t call them names. Well, I have a name for these guys. Nazis! Nuthin’ democratic about them. Are folks in this country ready to face the fact that these guys are traitors? Military man my arse!

    • Again, I was only in seventh grade when the CIA whacked Kennedy, but I was old enough to absorb all the ramifications of that sordid, evil episode in our country’s history. And I never forgot it! They killed our leaders, our dreamers, our country’s promise, and stole our legacy from us! It was a coup, pure and simple. That is what the CIA did back then, and now, they do even more evil.

      The amount of evil done in the name of our country by the CIA is too much to even contemplate. There is in fact a new movie out about the slaughters that took place in Indonesia alone by CIA sponsored coups. In the movie, the perpetrators gleefully explain how the murdered untold thousands of innocent people, mainly educated professional people who disagreed with the coup. Multiply this by thousands, and you get a sense for the CIA sponsored evil done since they murdered the Kennedys.

      And now, we have THIS a**hole, ex CIA guy, calling for the assassination of our first black president! And then people have the audacity to ask why I’m so angry! Guess you had to be there. I can’t sit by and let them do it again! Where is our press? Why don’t they condemn evil, treason, and sedition?

    • Enuff with the kailye! You see, dude, it’s always been about you. That’s your problem. It’s an arrogance that I have rarely seen, and woefully undeserved! Allow others their opinion, and you post yours. You’re goin’ psycho.

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