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The Wisconsin State Senate has authorized the arrest of the Wisconsin 14, who are self-exiled from their home state to prevent the destruction of labor unions in the state and across the country. Whatever one thinks of unions or these legislators, the right to withhold participation in government is a fundamental right of a democracy.
But the Republican Party, along with the Tea Party and their corporate supporters, have now criminalized that right. If any of the Democratic holdouts return, they will be arrested and become perhaps the first overt political prisoners of modern-day America.
And yet, the national Democratic Party has stayed silent. Now that Ohio has fallen into red hands, it will lose the presidential election in 2016, if not earlier. Soon, it will be the national legislators’ turn to be threatened with arrest. But do they care? Perhaps they will have officially switched parties by then.
The irony overflows. If government is an evil, then shut it down. Instead, Republican and Tea Party have chosen to resort to anything imaginable, including locking up political opponents, to keep the government running. Talk about Big Brother–it’s more like Big Brother in Jail.
In case you missed it, political opponents can now be made into political prisoners. Welcome to Fascist USA.
The manuscript of a new book on Sarah Palin by an ex-aide has stirred up a media mini-circus. But lost in the hoopla is the revelation that conservatives like Palin considered Fox News their media “surrogates”. Though unsurprising, the news is still disturbing. Coming on the heels of the network’s doctoring of news coverage on a presidential hopeful, the events have raised questions about who its anointed king is in the 2012 presidential election (only a romantic would think it could be a queen).
The leaked draft came from Frank Bailey, who was once in the inner circle of advisers to the former Alaskan governor. According to The Daily Caller, a murky conservative website, Baily calls himself a “Fox News conservative“. We will leave the reader to interpret that phrase.
More disturbingly, Bailey wrote that Palin’s team used what they called “Fox News surrogates” to destroy the reputations of anyone incurring Palin’s wrath.
Although the Fox News conservative was not even close to publishing the disparaging book on Palin, it has been well-known for sometime now that the hierarchies at Fox and the GOP are not very fond of the former governor as presidential material. What is new is the Fox attack on Ron Paul, a darling of the Tea Party movement, itself a creation of the media conglomerate.
Fox was caught faking footage, showing Ron Paul being booed after winning a straw poll at the CPAC convention, an annual conservatives’ mecca. In reality, attendees cheered wildly for the libertarian. Fox pulled the same trick it had done so often in the past, using footage from other events. In this case the clip came from last year’s convention, when Mitt Romney’s supporters had packed the room.
Ron Paul is a libertarian, who unlike Fox subscribes to the anti-government doctrine on both social and economic issues. He would not be as entertaining as the likes of Republican stalwarts on abortion, gay rights, and other cornerstones of the conservative movement, because he truly detests governmental interference in all aspects of society.
In other words, Ron Paul is not a Fox News conservative, and that is probably why the media conglomerate has set out to discredit him in the run-up to the 2012 election. Two are down; who will Fox allow to stand? Who is the Fox News Conservative among the presidential hopefuls?