Viguerie’s Inane Prediction of Coming Civil War

Richard Viguerie made his fortune raising huge money for conservative causes via direct mail, the writing of which nearly always involves serious dishonesty and fear-mongering. So I wonder if he’s being dishonest when he claims that an Obama executive order on immigration would lead to a Civil War or if he really is that irrational.

Barack Obama’s famous observation about the 2008 election was, “Elections have consequences.”

But what if national leaders respond to an election by ignoring the will of the voters?

Then the election might have tempestuous consequences.

At least, according to longtime conservative fundraiser Richard Viguerie, who has a warning for President Obama about his stated plans to take executive action on immigration reform even though voters just repudiated his policies by voting his party out of power in the Senate.

“If President Obama, by executive order, extends amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, as he’s promised to do shortly, this could ignite, quite frankly, a civil war across America against the Democratic Party,” Viguerie cautioned.

He continued, “It could be a major, major blow to the Democratic Party and brand them as the party that rewards illegal activity, and it could do great, great damage not only to the Democratic Party, but quite frankly, to America.”

Reality check: Poll after poll shows that the American people support a path to citizenship for those here illegally by about a 2/1 margin. Partisans always like to claim that if their party wins an election, that shows that a majority supports every policy that party favors, which is absurd. It’s even more absurd when there’s a big split within even that party on the subject, as there is on immigration. Rational, mainstream Republicans know that it is important to pass immigration reform and that it is ridiculous to think that we’re going to round up 10-12 million people and deport them. Only far right ideologues, xenophobes and racists (but I repeat myself) think otherwise.

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  • illdoittomorrow

    Poll after poll? Well, cue the unskewing! And if the New Republican Math doesn’t work, remember that this is a republic, not a democracy.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    From the material excerpted here to “civil war” requires one helluva leap – but I have no doubt Viguerie has the practice and the rhetorical leg muscles to make it, if not to land gracefully on the other side.

  • Modusoperandi

    Reality check: Poll after poll shows that the American people support a path to citizenship for those here illegally by about a 2/1 margin.


  • dingojack

    Yes Richard Viguerie — if Obama uses Executive Orders* I’m sure there’ll be a REVOLUTION!!! (Maybe this time a whole 200 people will turn up, assuming the weather is better than slightly damp).




    * Because NO PRESIDENT has EVER used Executive Orders before…. Oh wait.

    (*Whew*, well what do know – luckily all those other Presidents weren’t ‘urban‘ *wink*, *wink*)

  • busterggi

    “Rational, mainstream Republicans know that it is important to pass immigration reform”

    Yet despite that they haven’t done so now have they?

  • iangould

    Not the repeated use of “Quite frankly”.

    That’s a tell.

  • John Pieret


    They also know it is important to not poke the loonies with a sharp stick. Their problem they have is deciding when point a) is more important than point b).

  • Modusoperandi

    busterggi ‘Rational, mainstream Republicans know that it is important to pass immigration reform’…”Yet despite that they haven’t done so now have they?”

    One of them was sick and the other’s car broke down.

  • DLC

    Immigration reform passed in the US Senate with 68 votes, so at least some Republicans are in favor.

    But, the issue will be stillborn unless Boehner or McConnell stick a bunch of poison pills in it.

    I do not expect anything even close to good out of them any time before 2016, when they will pass a couple of quick “feel-good” pieces of legislation for thier candidates to point to. perhaps I will still be here in 2020 when the next census rolls around and redistricting becomes possible. Of course, the GOP have packed enough state houses to ‘fix’ that problem too.

  • Jared James

    Viguerie knows the value of being frank and earnest. He’s Frank when he’s spamming your email; he’s Earnest when he’s deluging your mailbox. In both cases, he’s getting roughly 75% of what you donate to the cause du jour, which is quite a nice value for him.

  • Kevin Kehres

    I’m probably in the wrong business.

  • tacitus

    The best thing to do when you see people calling for an uprising against Washington, or wondering why there hasn’t been a civil war yet is to ask them what’s stopping them from being in the vanguard. Then when they come up with a lame excuse, round it off by calling them an armchair warrior willing to put other people’s necks on the line. Usually gets then riled up quite nicely.