Coup d’état in America – calling a spade a “spade”

Chile's Moneda Palace. A violent gun battle broke out at this building during the 1973 coup d'état against Salvador Allende.
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“What happened?” Everyone asked this on November 7th. The re-election of Barack Hussein Obama stunned the nation’s patriots who had worked tirelessly to unseat the would-be king. It’s my opinion that the answer to that question is that America has suffered a coup d’état, which many fail to either recognize or label correctly. If America is to survive, it’s high time we face reality and start calling a spade a “spade”. Only then can we figure out what we must do next.

What is a coup d’état?

To be clear:

A coup d’état typically uses the extant government’s power to assume political control of the country. In Coup d’État: A Practical Handbook, military historian Edward Luttwak states that “[a] coup consists of the infiltration of a small, but critical, segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder.’’%C3%A9tat (Emphasis added.)

Chile's Moneda Palace. A violent gun battle broke out at this building during the 1973 coup d'état against Salvador Allende.

Palacio de la Moneda, Santiago, Chile. Photo: Davidlohr Bueso, CC BY 2.0 Generic License.

In previous articles I pointed the finger of blame at all branches of government, the media, major political parties, the education system and ineffective churches. Fighting against all these entities reminds me of an old Helen Reddy song: “You and me against the world.” And to be sure, any plan that confronts all these agents of blame would overwhelm its warriors. But for us who love liberty, it’s confront or die. And it’s face reality of be destroyed. The Bible says:

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. [Hosea 4:6]

I can only pray that America will soon be liberated from that condition.

How can we fight this coup?

The question I’m raising here is how do we fight a coup d’état? For the answer to that question, we should look to history. Counter-coups either succeed or fail. They also run the gamut from the violent to the peaceful. One thing they all had in common is that they had leaders who:

  1. Understood the state of their condition,
  2. Refused to cooperate with the coup, and
  3. Could motivate others to do likewise.

Unfortunately, America has been tragically slow to understand her fate. Worse –she has not yet produced men or women who both understand the tenants of civil resistance and possess leadership abilities. Resistance of any kind – civil or militant – would be suicidal without understanding and without effective leadership.

A hopeful sign?

I would like to say that America learned many lessons from the last election cycle, but until I hear people calling a spade a “spade”, I doubt that a counter-coup of any kind can win. But there is always hope. As a matter of fact, a glimmer of hope passed me by today when I heard the results of a third party poll conducted by TPATH ( The unscientific poll results reported that 2302 participants consisting of Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Unaffiliated, Conservative & Constitution Party voters stated overwhelmingly that neither of the two major parties represent their views and ideology.

Is this the beginning of understanding the problem? Perhaps. Until I see swarms of Americans joining viable third parties and breathing life into them, I’ll remain a little skeptical – skeptical but hopeful. And above all – I’ll continue to pray for the America I loved and will continue to hope that God will have mercy on us.