To The Daily Sun,
I do not live in Laconia so I do not have the right to vote there but I know my friend Jim McCoole is running for state representative in that district.
I like Mr. McCoole and he is a very nice guy. He is a man of faith, a pastor, and can carry on an interesting and intelligent conversation. I never agree with him, but we have had very civil and interesting conversations in person and via email. And, even though I do not agree, he makes me think about my own positions. In short, I like the man.
But, I would never vote for him. Nor do I think that anyone, including those in his own GOP, should vote for him. It is not so much a matter of disagreement on various issues as something he recently wrote to The Sun which, frankly, scares the hell out of me. It should also scare others.
He seems to have wanted Obama to have been overthrown by a military coup. Since Obama is soon to be out of office, will he be in favor of a military coup if Hillary wins? That idea is very frightening to me since I have friends and family who have suffered the effects of such coups in other countries.
Perhaps I am too optimistic, but I believe the men and women who serve in our military will do what they have done (except for the Civil War) since the time of George Washington: Obey the civilian commander-In-chief, whether they agree with him or not. I do not think they would actually overthrow a constitutionally-elected government, but perhaps I am wrong. The idea is scary anyway and the fact that such a nice guy as Mr. McCoole seems to favor it makes it even scarier.
Many extreme conservatives favor the use of guns if the election does not go their way. He does not say so, but does Mr. McCool also favor a "Second Amendment solution" should Hillary or anyone else with whom he disagrees win the election?
I have enjoyed my conversations with Mr. McCoole about the U.S. Constitution. Doesn't he (and others) recognize the sheer irony of advocating coups and armed revolts and at the same time daring to call Obama or Hillary "traitors?" Don't they realize that what they are advocating fits perfectly the Constitution's definition of "treason?"
E. Scott Cracraft
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