When Russia faced a constitutional crisis in 1993, President Boris Yeltsin did what any good dictator would do — he had the military surround the White House and had tanks shell the upper floors as a demonstration of force, announcing to the press that “Fascist-communist armed rebellion in Moscow shall be suppressed within the shortest period.”

It’s an efficient way to show who’s boss, and the folks at The New Republic seem like they’re warming up to the idea.


“What is a president in a presidential constitutional republic to do when faced with an intransigent, bull-headed faction among his people’s representatives? ” asks Julia Ioffe in a section called “History Lesson.”

And the history lesson is…?

Any other history lessons on tap, TNR? America does need guidance in these challenging times, what with the Tea Party holding the country hostage with bombs strapped to their chests.

Here’s an honest-to-goodness history lesson for the GOP:


  • http://www.IKnowbo.com/ Slam1263

    Well, it may be time to dig around the old homesteads backyard.
    I think the ZU23-2 needs to come out of retirement.
    Finding ammo will be a pain.

    • E Quilibrate

      Unfamiliar platform. Can you flesh out a little?

      • http://www.IKnowbo.com/ Slam1263

        Just a toy left over from the ’92 collapse.
        Had a Mig-15 in a crate, but I can’t fly legally.
        Sold a lot of Mil surplus back then.

      • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (the true one)

        The platform is a mechanized four-barrel anti-aircraft artillery system of 23mm, if I remember the specs correctly. Vicious little brute when used in the anti-personnel role.

        Just as a comparison, a 23mm round is just a tad under one-inch in diameter.

        • Ronald Green

          That would be a ZSU 23-4, you’re close but.. a ZU 23-2 is a towed double mounted 23mm anti air craft mount. Twin 23mm auto cannons. Really good for those pesky crows in your corn field.

          • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (the true one)

            Thanks for the correction. Sometimes I cannot remember all the details.

  • RblDiver

    Yes, please do, push up the timeline of the second civil war.

    • ceemack

      Funny how the gun-hating end of society is suddenly determined to start a civil war, isn’t it?

      They should be hoping the rest of us don’t go all Camp Perry on them.

    • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

      Or as Davis would have referred to it, the Third American Revolution.

    • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (the true one)

      Honestly, I will not be shocked in the least if Obama would resort to force of arms against the Republicans.

      As far as I am concerned, Obama is a pathological narcissist, sociopath, and insane enough to do anything he feels is important to maintain his hold on power.

      • Paul

        He would get plinked in very short order by one of “his” generals.

        • KentM

          You have not followed his generals very closely then. Not a one of them will lift a finger for America but they will crucify a US Marine in a minute. Amos is a POS in the first degree. Hats off to the men and women who have to take orders from these Butt licking Generals and Admirals.

        • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

          No, unfortunately, The Hindmost has been replacing a good number of flag/staff officers with individuals that sympathize with the cause.

          However, my guess is they are going to find a lot of the mid and junior officer grades saying, “In accordance with the UCMJ, I an required to disobey this order on the grounds that it is illegal and immoral.”

  • World B. Free

    To be fair, perhaps by saying “intransigent, bull headed governing body,” the New Republic is referring to 0bama himself.

  • ceemack

    “War is not the answer. Unless Republicans are the problem, of course.”

    • jerseydave

      ..unless a Democrat is in office. “Code Pink” disappeared the day Obama was sworn in.

  • jerseydave

    So having Government power is not enough, tanks have to be used on dissenters? Wow did TNR ask for help from Deng Xiaoping too? Tiananmen Square? Also they are forgetting that there are GOPers who own guns. Is anyone really idiot enough to want that kind of shootout over politics in this country?

    • WhoMeToo

      Here is @juliaioffe next tweet:
      “Haters, I’ll say this: Tea Party tactics are most like the Bolsheviks’.
      Destroy the system from within to impose purist ideological order.”
      I think a shootout is exactly what the left is looking for…

      • alanstorm

        Then why is she describing the left’s (almost) completed US strategy, i.e. “The Long March Through the Institutions”, pioneered by Obama’s buddy Bill Ayers?

        • WhoMeToo

          Projection 101. She’s just too stupid to know it.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      That’s why they have tanks, ’cause we’ve got guns. They also have planes, bombs, Missiles and Submarines, and a large force to use them… And I’M UNARMED!! (Except for an Aluminum Baseball Bat..) Jawamax 8<{D}

      • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

        Our kinfolk are driving those tanks, flying those planes and servicing those missiles. Extremists tend to forget details like that.

        • jerseydave

          Well said.

        • SDN

          And the targets for all of those live next door to them; they tend to ignore things like blast radius too.

      • Ronald Green

        I’d say, get a gun but I don’t know your status.

  • Stupid Republic

    And if that doesn’t work, burn the Capitol and blame the other side.

    Oh wait. That’s been done before.

  • jerseydave

    “The New Republic” is published in a van, down by the river.

    • Paul

      on low circulation months the editors throw bj’s to the crack heads to make the van payment and keep the kinkos account active.

  • LegalizeShemp

    Didn’t Democrats lecture us that “violence is NEVER the answer”? Apparently it CAN be used as a last resort when Marxists don’t get their way, however.

  • Lienathan

    And Sarah Palin was excoriated for putting a little ‘target’ icon on a map.

  • WhoMeToo

    Learned this awhile ago….
    When someone says something negative about themselves…. BELIEVE them.

  • The Penguin

    Um…she just suggested the murdering of members of Congress. DOJ? FBI? Secret Service? Anyone? yup…that’s what I thought.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    How soon until I have to “Take to the Hills?” I can pack light and go on short notice…. /worried Jawamax 8<{D}

  • CO2 Producer

    When faced with an intransigent, bull-headed governing body, the citizens did this:


    Just sayin’.

  • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

    When Obama and Democrats were faced with an allegedly intransigent, bull-headed governing body, they…had a hissy fit.

    This is why you don’t send a moron to do a man’s job, Obama voters.

  • tjp77

    The ultimate irony of course being that Yeltsin was fighting to undo a stagnant, statist command economy, while Obama is fighting to install one.

  • stillinthe60s

    Just make sure you don’t compare these Stalinist/Maoists with the Nazis. They become unhinged!

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Remember when these self-righteous clowns used to squeal “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism?”

  • drw

    The new (old) liberal doctrine
    Assimilate or be eliminated.

  • Glenn Jericho

    Wow… just… wow…

  • Paul

    If that twat Barry Soetero wants to try it I suggest he get it on. Then we can finally get this nightmare over with once and for all.

  • Ronald Green

    I kinda hope they try it. I seriously doubt it will turn out like they think it will.

  • Ken Alan Draper

    What I find funny is how they ignore 99% of the story. Originally the communist hardliners had the tanks & Yeltsin was in hiding, but when faced with an order to fire on civilians the military mutinied & joined the opposition. They quickly surrounded that building & the communidt hardliners eventually surendered.