Ender's Game author Orson Scott Card has been in hot water lately over his long history of disturbing anti-gay rhetoric. And justifiably so: regular Bilerico readers will recall that Card pledged to violently overthrow any government that allowed same-sex couples to marry:
"How long before married people answer the dictators thus: Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn."
When Card's extremist views generated major backlash from the LGBT community and equality supporters around the country, the author asked for "tolerance."
I wonder if he'll issue a similar plea now that he's been caught making racist remarks?
More after the jump.
Slate's Dave Weigel dug up a rambling column Card wrote back in May titled "Civilization Watch: Unlikely Events." It's chock full of paranoid delusions about President Obama, whom Card refers to as a "dictator." Put on those tinfoil hats, folks!
"Obama is, by character and preference, a dictator. He hates the very idea of compromise; he demonizes his critics and despises even his own toadies in the liberal press. He circumvented Congress as soon as he got into office by appointing 'czars' who didn't need Senate approval. His own party hasn't passed a budget ever in the Senate.
"In other words, Obama already acts as if the Constitution were just for show. Like Augustus, he pretends to govern within its framework, but in fact he treats it with contempt.
"How far might he take his dictatorial disposition? Is there any plausible way for him to remain as president for life, like the dictators he so admires and envies in Russia, China, and the Muslim world?"
Of course, Card does think an Obama dictatorship is possible. After all, it worked for "Augustus Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolph [sic] Hitler, and Vladimir Putin."
It gets even crazier: Card thinks Michelle Obama, not Hillary Clinton, will become the next Democratic president (it's all a part of Barack Obama's crazy plan, you guys!).
This is because Michelle Obama is going to be Barack's Lurleen Wallace. Remember how George Wallace got around Alabama's ban on governors serving two terms in a row? He ran his wife for the office. Everyone knew Wallace would actually be pulling the strings, even though they denied it.
Michelle Obama will be Obama's designated "successor," and any Democrat who seriously opposes her will be destroyed in the media the way everyone who contested Obama's run for the Democratic nomination in 2008 was destroyed.
Exactly how is President Obama going to pull this off? Why, by claiming we need a "national police force," just like Hitler did. (Oh yeah, Card goes there.) And in Cardland, this means turning "urban gangs" into his personal brownshirts.
"Obama will claim we need a national police force in order to fight terrorism and crime. The Boston bombing is a useful start, especially when combined with random shootings by crazy people.
"Where will he get his 'national police'? The NaPo will be recruited from 'young out-of-work urban men' and it will be hailed as a cure for the economic malaise of the inner cities.
"In other words, Obama will put a thin veneer of training and military structure on urban gangs, and send them out to channel their violence against Obama's enemies.
"Instead of doing drive-by shootings in their own neighborhoods, these young thugs will do beatings and murders of people 'trying to escape' -- people who all seem to be leaders and members of groups that oppose Obama."
Hmmmm, I wonder what Card means by "urban gangs," "young thugs," and "out-of-work urban men?" If you think these expressions are anything other than thinly-veiled euphemisms for African Americans, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you.
h/t (belated, but no less heartfelt): the fabulous Jamie McGonnigal, Talk About Equality.