The Huffington Post and Daily Kos visited Greene County this morning, making hay with its GOP newsletter, which includes a call for “armed revolution” in the event of President Obama’s reelection during a letter from the editor published in its March issue.
The furor is focused on editor Ponch McPhee’s column “Whitehouse Watchdog,” in which he rants in something like English, labeling Obama a “political socialist ideologue” and saying “our future as a sovereign nation is indeed at risk,” in an editorial piece that appears just below a recipe for “Conservative Potato & Egg Delight.”
“The ultimate task for the people is to remain vigilant and aware ~ that the government, their government is out of control, and this moment, this opportunity, must not be forsaken, must not escape us, for we shall not have any coarse but armed revolution should we fail with the power of the vote in November…” McPhee wrote.
Interestingly, McPhee also hosts a public affairs radio show on WTJU, which is something he has in common with our editorial staff at C-VILLE Weekly. His show, “Freedom Watch,” runs in the 5:30am time slot early Saturday morning, and, according to the online schedule, presents "a well cultivated balance of political freedoms and commentaries that often reflect the way we listen, feel and respond to important news events amidst many different avenues of our lives."
The station’s general manager, Nathan Moore, responded to a query about whether or not the station would take any disciplinary action against McPhee over his comments with the following e-mailed statement.
"WTJU has nearly 200 volunteer program hosts who hold a variety of personal political convictions. Unless on-air actions or statements violate station or University policies, we don’t censor our volunteers’ free expression in their personal lives, even if we strongly disagree with their opinions," Moore wrote. "As I do with all our programs, I will work with the host to improve the show, ensuring that WTJU will continue to serve as a cultural hub, curating the sounds and stories of our community and exposing listeners to new music and ideas."
McPhee did not return calls, but the Greene County GOP updated its home page with the following message:
"~ all this rip roar Media hype….. is all about…..being armed with the voices of We the people…..you must arm yourself with a spoken word to be heard ~ just as the founding fathers spoke out during the revolution……So, Yes, arm yourself with many voices for the people and by the people….as your constitution allows….should the vote fail ….this November or at anytime……"