"Armed" coup by Dick Armey at Freedom Works

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    Dec 26, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
    I mean, the politics is interesting and all, but the use of a gun is what really problematic in that whole debacle. Is one of my partners going to oust me at the office one day with a gun, or one of my secretaries going to demand a pay raise with a gun in my face?
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/freedomworks-tea-party-group-nearly-falls-apart-in-fight-between-old-and-new-guard/2012/12/25/dd095b68-4545-11e2-8061-253bccfc7532_story.htmlThe day after Labor Day, just as campaign season was entering its final frenzy, FreedomWorks, the Washington-based tea party organization, went into free fall.

    Richard K. Armey, the group’s chairman and a former House majority leader, walked into the group’s Capitol Hill offices with his wife, Susan, and an aide holstering a handgun at his waist. The aim was to seize control of the group and expel Armey’s enemies: The gun-wielding assistant escorted FreedomWorks’ top two employees off the premises, while Armey suspended several others who broke down in sobs at the news.

    The coup lasted all of six days. By Sept. 10, Armey was gone — with a promise of $8 million — and the five ousted employees were back. The force behind their return was Richard J. Stephenson, a reclusive Illinois millionaire who has exerted increasing control over one of Washington’s most influential conservative grass-roots organizations.
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    Dec 26, 2012 4:49 PM GMT
    I don't know about anyone else, but one of the reasons I love republicans is because they are a walking, talking, living, breathing cartoon sitcom. Nowhere else would you believe a cast of characters with names like Newt, Mitt, Bohner and of course Dick Armey. My lord, if someone used these names in a script you'd turn it back and say "silly story, but the names are hilarious."

    We should all just admit, the republican party is done. They have committed public suicide and now it's just a matter of watching them slowly bleed out.
  • wild_sky360

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    Dec 26, 2012 7:05 PM GMT
    The "armed" aspect is just a headline grabber. I'm sure a fair amount in that group exercise their permit rights for concealed or open carry.

    The real story is an example of how grassroots democracy is dead; suffocated with unlimited political donations, thanks to the Supreme Court. Two party politics exerts a stranglehold on the votes and even the conversation. Just like the Tea Party movement, Occupy has been diverted and diluted with big outside money.

    Occupy had an opportunity to force some real change, that would affect people on the street level. Instead it was just an angry mob, venting without any effective demands.

    A miniscule transaction tax on Wall Street would have solved the budget deficit in short order, just as it funded government before being abolished.

    But back to what I believe was your point....
    I believe the charge would be aggravated assault, to use the display of a weapon for coercion or intimidation. That's not a charge someone would lightly risk their permit for; permanently. Someone with a criminal or mental illness history would not likely be able to obtain one, which makes it an entirely different issue.