“Remember November”, Immigration idiocy and More Poor Little Conservative Victims

Donklephant’s has some commentary and the video itself from the The Republican Governors Association’s “Remember November” video and the editorial by Michael Scherer at Time – Republican Governors Pay Homage To Guy Fawkes.  Pandagon’s post and the comments gives readers a minute  dissection.

The meaning of Fawkes is, of course, not fixed. The Wachowski brothers’ retelling of the Fawkes’ story was later embraced by libertarian supporters of Ron Paul. During the 2008 campaign, “Remember, Remember The Fifth of November” became a rallying cry for Paul boosters, who shared at least some of the revolutionary fire of both Fawkes and the Wachowskis. On November 5, 2007, Guy Fawkes Day, Paul supporters raised more than $4 million online.

Now, the Fawkes mythology has come full circle. The Republican Governors Association has embraced the symbolism of Fawkes, launching a rather striking website, RememberNovember.com, with a video that showcases far more Hollywood savvy than one can usually expect from Republicans.( Time magazine)

The first two associations that come to mind are the original Guy Fawkes and the movie “V” for Vendetta. The problem is one of creating plausible deniability which, in a fashion, the  RGA has. I checked a few conservative sites and their claim is that Remember rhymes with November ( so does September and December – thus Scherer’s Ron Paul point of association is difficult to ignore). One of Michelle Malkin’s puppets did say if the RGA meant to refer to the treasonous terrorism of Guy Fawkes to push the conservative agenda, it was a very bad political move. This NYT piece on Jon Stewart provides a good example of how that deniability is done and done frequently by the Right when they want to draw direct parallels between some act or historical event, but give the appearance of letting others come to their own conclusions, Jon Stewart’s Punching Bag, Fox News

But there he was, checking in with the White House when Fox didn’t. The inspiration for the “Fox & Friends” segment about the “Islamic image” came from The New York Post, which, like Fox News, is owned by the News Corporation. Mr. Stewart cut up the clips of the co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Gretchen Carlson reckoning that the flags of Muslim nations look a lot like the summit logo — followed by Ms. Carlson’s saying “you be the judge” — before letting rip.

“Yeah, you be the judge,” Mr. Stewart said, hurling an expletive and continuing, “We’re just curious citizens, wondering if we put that logo up with four Muslim flags, whether you’ll have a visceral reaction that our president is perhaps Muslim.”

He concluded: “Anyway, what do you think? We’re just doing the math and then giving you the answer, and then asking you to check our work.”

So  Remember November as a convenient rhyme is just another way of back pedaling out of yet another situation – like commemorating Confederate treason. Those wicked libruls did their own math and came up with an answer that makes conservatives look like they are promoting treason twice in less than thirty days. So ha, that is not what Republicans meant no matter how logical the conclusion. It is unfortunate and may change over the next week that people are not concentrating on two elements of the video that will be difficult to weasel out of – the Breitbarting of various statements made by Democrats – statements pulled completely out of context and things said in jest, made to look like serious policy statements. The other side to the video is similar to the 2008 election cycle racially tinged video by McCain-Palin which tried to portray presidential nominee Senator Obama as the ominous other. The conservative base ate that video up, but it fell flat with most voters. Will recycling the “Antichrist” hyperbole work this time around.

Conservative Christian author Hal Lindsey declared in an essay on WorldNetDaily,  “Obama is correct in saying that the world is ready for someone like him — a messiah-like figure, charismatic and glib … The Bible calls that leader the Antichrist. And it seems apparent that the world is now ready to make his acquaintance.” The conservative website RedState.com  now sells mugs and T shirts that sport a large “O” with horns and the words “The Anti-Christ” underneath.

Considering the recent celebration of Confederate treason by two Republican governors the opening of the RGA video supplied some sick irony containing this quote from Abraham Lincoln “You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.”. Democrats went on to become the party of Lincoln while Republican’s became the far right-wing party of Jefferson Davis.

I’m for the rule of law and getting a handle on illegal immigration. Among many of John McCain’s positions on the issue he actually agreed with me once for about five minutes – Arizona Law Exposes McCain’s Serial Flip-Flops on Immigration. Now Mike Huckabee – who Ann Coulter once called the Republican Jimmy Carter agrees with the ACLU and I (within a few degrees anyway). The law is going to cost the state of Arizona a fortune when there are much more pressing issues facing the general public and it is unconstitutional – Arizona immigration law thread

The law creates new immigration crimes and penalties inconsistent with those in federal law, asserts sweeping authority to detain and transport persons suspected of violating civil immigration laws and prohibits speech and other expressive activity by persons seeking work. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arizona strongly condemn the governor’s decision to sign the unconstitutional law and are dismayed by her disregard for the serious damage it could cause to civil liberties and public safety in the state.[…]

The new law, which will not go into effect for more than 90 days, requires police agencies across Arizona to investigate the immigration status of every person they come across whom they have “reasonable suspicion” to believe is in the country unlawfully. To avoid arrest, citizens and immigrants will effectively have to carry their “papers” at all times. The law also makes it a state crime for immigrants to willfully fail to register with the Department of Homeland Security and carry registration documents. It further curtails the free speech rights of day laborers and encourages unchecked information sharing between government agencies.

Papers? Every totalitarian regime of the 20th Century was noted for their obsession for stopping anyone that looked suspicious and asking for their…..papers. There is a viral campaign underway in Arizona that is trying to get everyone to stop carrying ID. Let’s imagine they get 25% of the population to not carry anything – they could keep their driver’s license under the seat – the justice system in that state will grind to a halt. This law does have a good side. There will be time for the entire country to get a look at the extreme actions of mindless zealots and what the consequences look like.

REPORT: Fox Newsers rally for GOP in more than 300 instances and in nearly every state

In recent years, at least twenty Fox News personalities have endorsed, raised money, or campaigned for Republican candidates or causes, or against Democratic candidates or causes, in more than 300 instances and in at least 49 states. Republican parties and officials have routinely touted these personalities’ affiliations with Fox News to sell and promote their events.

I went shopping for one of those special right-wing tin foil helmets that make you believe the media is librul and Faux is fair and balanced and darn if they’re not sold out.

Barack Obama is not The One, it’s actually Stephen Baldwin and how uncouth to expect The One to get work and pay his bills, Christians come to Stephen Baldwin’s aid

A Christian group has come to the aid of bankrupt actor Stephen Baldwin — a website has been set up to allow fans to donate money to restore his wealth.

The born-again Christian filed for bankruptcy last year after he racked up more than $2.3 million worth of debt, stemming from several mortgages, tax bills and credit card accounts.

Maybe insipid and usually unemployed actor Scott Baio is The One. He seems to feel – very deeply at that – that he is supporting the multitudes. This week in crazy: Scott Baio- What’s the one thing the former teen idol hates more than paying taxes? Those mean “lesbians” from Jezebel!

We suspected Scott Baio had the makings of a great Twitter meltdown back in January, when the former teen star and staunch conservative posted an unflattering photo of Michelle Obama along with the comment, “WOW He wakes up to this every morning.” We were impressed when he followed up by posting a photo of himself with an actual black lady to prove he wasn’t racist. And he got our attention when he tweeted, on April 12, “Taxes are done. That should feed, house & provide medical for quite a few lazy non working people at my expense.”

Baio, per the right-wing playbook substitutes the word censor for disagree every time he has an attack of idiocy.

to fail to agree; differ: The conclusions disagree with the facts. The theories disagree in their basic premises.
to differ in opinion; dissent: Three of the judges disagreed with the verdict.

In Baio’s world to dare disagree with The One’s opinions are synonymous with censorship. It is simply stretching the truth to the point of absurdity to think he pays enough in federal income taxes to support an entire family. There is no such federal program. Less than 3% of the federal budget goes to the total of all social programs such as Aid to Dependent Children – what most people still call welfare – you have to work 40 hours a week to be eligible and no one may collect it for more than five years during their entire lifetime. The search goes go for a conservative who’s kooky and vitriolic claims of victim-hood are matched by the facts. Oh, I forgot Baio cannot be The One because he belongs to the Screen Actor’s Guild union and Michlle Malkin says that anyone who belongs to a union is a thug.