Saturday, April 24, 2010

Guy Fawkes, GOP Role Model

I guess when you don’t pay much attention to history, using 17th century English terrorist Guy Fawkes as a role model makes sense.

The Republican Governors Association has embraced the symbolism of Fawkes, launching a rather striking website,, with a video that showcases far more Hollywood savvy than one can usually expect from Republicans. Again, the Fawkes tale has been twisted a bit. This time, President Obama plays the role of King James, the Democratic leadership is Parliament, and the Republican Party represents the aggrieved Catholic mass.

For those of you who don’t remember your history, Guy Fawkes was the leader of the Gunpowder Plot. It was a failed attempt by Fawkes and Catholic sympathizers to blow up Parliament and assassinate King James I on November 5, 1605. If that strikes a vaguely familiar chord, it might be from the celebration that’s still held in England on November 5 as Guy Fawkes Night.

And history records that the Gunpowder Plot failed, Fawkes and his cohorts were captured, tried, and put to death.