Friday, April 23, 2010

Guy Fawkes? Wasn't he in that Wachowski Bros. movie?

Brad DeLong makes a great catch:
Remember, remember the fifth of November: gunpowder, treason and plot.

Remember: Guy Fawkes's goal was to blow up the legislature of the Kingdom of England--the equivalent of crashing a hijacked jetliner into the Capitol while the House and Senate were in session.

Michael Scherer writes about the Republican Governors Organization:

Republican Governors Pay Homage To Guy Fawkes: 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.... President Obama plays the role of King James, the Democratic leadership is Parliament.... The politics and substance aside, this strikes me as a remarkable bit of political messaging, not just for its cinematic quality. The RGA, under the control of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, is clearly stepping out of the stodgy, safe territory it normally inhabits...
Haley Barbour, pro-terrorist ... when the victims are the Democratic-controlled federal government of the United States. How unsurprising. It's like he's carrying on the Confederate legacy.

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