By Ian Thorpe
I heard on the news that an American congresswoman, Michele Bachmann, is to confront Sen. Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the U.S. Capitol today and challenge them about the undemocratic way the legislative programme is being managed.
5th November is a significant date. I’m not sure how worried Reid and Pelosi should be about Ms. Bachmann, who looks charming, but if they should see a man dressed in the style of the early 17th century, sporting a goatee beard and speaking with a Spanish accent, they ought to have the Capitol evacuated.
On 5th Nov. 1605, the Gunpowder Plot conspirators led by Thomas Catesby planned to blow up the English Parliament (Great Britain came into being almost a century later) to protest against a new, foreign-born King who was forcing an agenda of radical change on a nation not happy with his ideas. Guido “Guy” Fawkes was the fall guy who had volunteered to hide in the cellars of the Parliament House and light the fuse.
If somebody had not informed The King’s agents, history could have turned out very different. Even now, Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated in Britain.
Where are Catesby and his co-conspirators when we need them? Where is our Gunpowder Plot this bonfire night? Not that I’d want them to blow up The Palace of Westminster, as it is a magnificent building, but if somebody would just put a proverbial rocket up the backsides of our pathetic, self-serving politicians, it would help lift the national mood.
Fortunately, here in the UK we have the new Guido Fawkes, the not very anonymous blogger whose Order-Order blog has put details regarding a few very big scandals into the public domain. It was nice to see Guido (a.k.a. Paul Staines) getting a big write up in left-leaning newspaper The Guardian yesterday, even though he does not demur from being described as an extreme right winger.
Despite its left-of-centre stance, The Guardian–founded by the formidable editor C. P. Scott who coined the phrase “comment is free, facts are sacred”–has in the past few years shown an increasing willingness to line up behind the official policy line of the politically correct, pro globalisation, multiculturalism and bureaucratic dictatorship line of the new elite. This is possibly why it is haemorrhaging readers at the moment. Kind of like your own New York Times.
Now that the mainstream press, Guardian included, have abandoned honest, objective journalism in favour of printing partisan drivel in support of a common agenda, New Media types like Guido, who gets about a million and a half visitors per month from a much smaller potential audience in Britain than the USA, have become a shining beacon for the awkward squad and an inspiration for all us bloggers. It encourages independent blog owners like Jeff Schreiber to keep on giving so generously of his time, and it encourages us contributors to get stories out and readers to share posts with friends, links to posts and generally to spread the word. In the war on dissent, it is becoming apparent that we are all on the front line.
To find out more about the modern Guido Fawkes of the blogosphere, you might like to visit Guido Fawkes’ blog which, by bringing several scandals into the public domain, has been instrumental in blowing up the hopes of our wretched Labour government. Support your American bloggers, and they can do the same to the wretched Obama administration.
In the meantime, here’s a rhyme children recite when burning an effigy of Guy on Bonfire Night:
The fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot..
Guy Fawkes, guy, t’was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England’s overthrow.
By God’s mercy he was catch’d
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.
And what shall we do with him?
Ian Thorpe is a British satirical writer. Before retiring at a rather tender age following a serious illness, he was a consultant specializing in integrated digital networks. His projects involved him in utilities, banking and finance, oil and chemicals and many branches of commerce and government. He currently maintains his own Web presence at Greenteeth Multi Media, and has been contributing at America’s Right since March 2009.