So, as angry as I've ever been at government, and politicians, and as fed up as I've gotten with the whole mess, I have never in my life written that perhaps the time has come for an armed revolt against the United States government. I've never published anything like that, and I've never put those words into a draft copy of anything I've been writing ... and I've written some pretty inflammatory things in my day. In fact, I can't say I've ever given the notion any serious thought.
Matt Davis did, and did it yesterday. If you buy his version of the story, he sent it out erroneously to a bunch of people when in fact it was intended to be an edited version e-mailed purely to Henry Payne. And, of course, why you'd put the thought of armed insurrection into the head of a nitwit like Henry Payne is another issue, but he walked back his call for armed revolt ... and then this morning was introduced by MLive as their newest political writer.
Davis said he wanted to start a conversation about the point at which the American Republic dies. That would have been interesting - but readers got distracted by his call to arms.
Because, probably, a call to arms is a pretty, big fucking deal. And, no, I don't think a conversation about at which point the American Republic dies after the Surpeme Court issues a ruling that is consistent with nearly a hundred years of legal precedent would have been interesting. This wasn't a case of "the Republic" dying but of the high court ruling in a way that Matt Davis disagreed.
The problem is that media outlets tend to get easily distracted by nonsense complaints about political bias, that they're "too liberal" by people who aren't ever going to take them seriously unless they fire everyone left of Orrin Hatch and replace them with G. Gordon Liddy. So, they wind up hiring the first person who can speak without shrieking and shaking violently.