Monday, April 26, 2010

Republicans Use Violent Symbolism In Anti-Obama Advertisement

From an article by Sam Stein from The Huffington Post:
The Republican Governors Association has released a new web ad attacking President Barack Obama whose theme borrows heavily from a story glorifying domestic political terrorism.

This past weekend, the GOP group unveiled the website that gleans graciously from the symbolism of Guy Fawkes, the early 17th Century British radical who attempted to blow up the House of Parliament and kill King James I. In the RGA video, of course, Obama is cast in the role of King James and the Republican Party adopts the Fawkes cause.

The ad isn't explicitly or implicitly promoting the adaptation of political terrorism, just borrowing from a story that lionizes it (Fawkes was introduced to modern audiences in the film 'V for Vendetta' and popularized, politically, by the backers of then presidential candidate Ron Paul).
Consider all the violent rhetoric that has been thrown around, the attacks on members of congress, the lies and misinformation spread for over a year by conservative media outlets and "astroturf" organizations, and then tell me that making a website that seems to riff on the story of Guy Fawkes is not intended to draw some symbolism for the conservative movement to unseat Democratic officials...

For those of you who have never heard of Guy Fawkes, here is a popular little rhyme about the Gunpowder Plot:
Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent
To blow up the King and the Parliament
Three score barrels of powder below
Poor old England to overthrow
By God's providence he was catched
With a dark lantern and burning match
Holloa boys, holloa boys
God save the King!
Hip hip hooray!
Hip hip hooray!
As someone commenting on The Huffington Post pointed out, look at what happened to Guy Fawkes - after being found guilty, he was to be hanged, drawn, and quartered.

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