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Coup Plotters

29 Sep

Ever wonder why there’s no English word for junta or coup d’etat or putsch?

Because Anglophone countries have a very sparse history of overthrowing their legitimate governments. (The coup in the New York State Senate earlier this year doesn’t really count – that was a parliamentary switch of the majority, and the word coup isn’t all that accurate – the move was legal.)

That hasn’t stopped the Obamaphobes from suggesting that a military coup would be the best way to solve the – no joke – “Obama problem”.

I remember when it was treason to disagree that we should invade Iraq. I believe that, with talk of a coup, we have reached peak wingnut.