And just when we thought…maybe, perhaps, just possibly…the Clark County GOP might be functioning in the real world: They fire off a Big Birther. [Ralston]
Step right up and get your invite to a Las Vegas Event for District 4 candidate Tea Party activist Niger Innis, complete with Nevada’s very own Big Birther. That would be Wayne Allyn Root, self styled Capitalist Evangelist. We are to know he is an expert because:
“Wayne’s columns and commentaries are read by millions at popular conservative web sites such as FoxNews.com, TheBlaze.com, TownHall.com, HumanEvents.com, DailyCaller.com, and PersonalLiberty.com. He has made over 5000 media appearances in the past 5 years.”
However, 5000 media appearances on these “popular” (as opposed to accurate and informative) sites hasn’t rendered our Capitalist Evangelist immune from April Fools Day jokes.
“Hannity’s guest was Wayne Allyn Root, who was on to promote his assertion — which he has been peddling since at least 2008 — that he never met Obama when they were students at Columbia and that no one Root knew “at Columbia ever met him, ever heard of him, or ever saw him.” FactCheck.org has pointed out that it’s “absolutely untrue” that nobody has stepped forward to claim they knew Obama as a college student.
After making the Trump-esque claim that Obama has spent “millions of dollars” to keep his records sealed, Root went on to demand that Obama release his college transcripts, then speculated that the reason he hasn’t done so is because he was enrolled as a “foreign exchange student.” That claim has its origins in a fake news article sent around as an April Fools’ joke.” [MMFA]
At the risk of eliminating my chances for being a Capitalist Evangelist, if I counted every blog post I’ve ever slapped up on the Internet then I have nearly as many ‘media appearances’ as the Big Birther, and worse still there must be thousands of former Mizzou students I never met during my time there. However, the institution did manage to endow me with sufficient reserve to avoid passing along e-mailed April Fools jokes as Revealed Truth.
Mr. Capitalist Evangelist gave us a sample of his philosophy (ideology) in April 2011:
“It’s official. President Obama has declared war on capitalism, which is funny because he never officially declared war on Libya. But our fearless Marxist-in-chief reserves a special brand of hatred for capitalism, entrepreneurship and rich people. Just days ago, Mr. Obama publicly blamed “speculators” for the rising price of gas.”
We might begin with the obvious problem with the analogy — the President never officially declared war on Libya and one doesn’t officially declare war on a social/economic system. However, it doesn’t take a “special brand of hatred” to understand that the creation of Commodity Index Funds tends to facilitate speculation in the oil market. Whether that facilitation is a factor in the setting of actual prices is still a matter of academic debate [Econobrowser] while we attempt to look for the mixture of “hedgers and speculators” in the commodity index markets. [agmrc]
A year earlier, in 2010 Mr. Root was enjoying his limelight with his evangelism:
“On the April 15 Fox & Friends, former Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee Wayne Allyn Root said: “It’s not greedy to want to keep more of your own money. It’s greedy to ask government and the IRS at gunpoint and the threat of prison to steal it from others who earn it and redistribute it to those who don’t. That’s the definition of greed.” He later stated: “I am diametrically opposed to my old college classmate Barack Obama, who seems to think you take it from the people that work all day to earn it, and you redistribute it to those who couldn’t care less, sit on the couch, and watch Oprah all day. That’s not my crowd.”
True to his Ayn Randian Ideology, Root adopts the “Takers + Welfare Queens + Redistributionist” line from the radical right. Apparently someone forgot to inform Mr. Root that the musings of Ms. Rand are Fiction.
It may be more galling to the radical right wing supporters of Mr. Root and his cohort that the American people aren’t concerned enough about the Government’s (read Democratic administration) to see Revealed Truth. Surely, the President must be illegitimate. His birth, his college records, his philosophy “must be” questionable. Therefore, the results of his elections in 2008 and 2012 “must be” seen as a product of duplicity, fraud, and a alarmingly unenlightened electorate.
So, in the happy environs of a Nevada GOP event a potential candidate for District 4, the Tea Party activist will be paired, — like a nice Chardonnay with a salmon avocado salad — with the Capitalist Evangelist who has called for the repeal of Section 1 of the 14th Amendment [ALPAC], 100% border security before any “path to citizenship,” [ALPAC], and the dissolution of Department of Education SWAT teams. [Blaze] This latter cause celebré came from a September 18, 2012 Department of Justice action on defrauding the Federal Student Assistance program:
“According to the indictment, from July 2007 to June 2011, the defendants conspired with each other and with others to obtain federal student assistance funds by fraud. Michelle Wright and Mendoza used stolen personal identity information to apply for additional FSA funds. Some of these individuals were severely handicapped and unable to read or write, let alone attend college. The defendants recruited straw students and used their own names to apply for FSA funds. Michelle Wright and Mendoza completed the paperwork necessary to obtain the funds. As a result of their scheme, the Department of Education lost more than $285,000.” U.S. v. Michelle Wright et al. (2:12-cr-316-WBS) [DoJ]
That Kenneth Wright was rousted in this action may be mistaken and unfortunate, but being related to a person accused of this kind of identity theft and $285,000 worth of fraud will definitely draw attention from law enforcement personnel. No, the raid wasn’t related to defaulted student loans, it was about good old fashioned fraud. And, no, the Department of Education doesn’t have its very own SWAT team — local law enforcement personnel carried out the raid. [WaPo]
If Nevadans in District 4 were hoping for a moderate candidate emanating from the Republican side of the contest, they may very well be profoundly disappointed. If anyone in the Silver State hoped the Republicans would take the admonishments of the post 2012 election debacle re-branding to heart — it hasn’t happened yet.