On Saturday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spoke to the gathered conservatives, reminding them that sometimes, liberty comes at a price, often, through bloodshed, as has been the case throughout world history. But liberals are misinterpreting his words as a call for violence.
The question Bevin was seeking an answer to was, can America survive a Hillary Clinton presidency? He said despite others saying, “No,” he believes it’s possible. But what Bevin understands is that under Clinton, America would be further gutted of what it's founded on, and that could prove tough to overcome through political means.
“I want us to be able to fight ideologically, mentally, spiritually, economically, so that we don’t have to do it physically,” Bevin said. “But that may, in fact, be the case.” He continued:
“The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what? The blood. Of who? The tyrants to be sure, but who else? The patriots. Whose blood will be shed? It may be that of those in this room. It might be that of our children and grandchildren. I have nine children. It breaks my heart to think that it might be their blood that is needed to redeem something, to reclaim something, that we through our apathy and our indifference have given away. Don’t let it happen.”
Predictably, liberals heard this as a call for violence. The Huffington Post screamed, “Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Says Conservatives May Have To Turn To Physical Violence.” The Washington Post said it was an “apocalyptic promise.” The Lexington Herald-Leader asked Bevin to “clarify” his words and so he released this statement:
Today we have thousands of men and women in uniform fighting for us overseas and they need our full backing. We cannot be complacent about the determination of radical Islamic extremists to destroy our freedoms. Nor can we allow apathy and indifference to allow our culture to crumble from within.
For those with no grasp of history, here is a relevant portion of the Declaration of Independence:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.