I'm sure you recall James O'Keefe, the young, Karl Rove-esque poltical operator who destroyed ACORN with one of the slimiest stunts in the history of political chicanery. Brad Friedman has devoted a number of exquisitely-researched posts to O'Keefe's antics: See here
I've written about him too: Here
More than once, O'Keefe has been exposed as a kind of combination of Professor Harold Hill and G. Gordon Liddy. He once tried to bug a senator's office, and his ACORN "sting" led to a $100,000 settlement
being leveled against him. The fact that O'Keefe was able to pay that fine without much sweat tells us much about his operation.
Something new is a-brewin' in O'Keefe-land. The following comes from a right-wing website
Conservative journalist filmmaker James O’Keefe on Saturday tweeted an ominous message to those who follow him and his influential work.
“We have a story we’re going to release this coming week and I've never thought about this before but I am afraid for my life on this one,” O'Keefe announced Saturday afternoon.
We have a story we’re going to release this coming week and I've never thought about this before but I am afraid for my life on this one.
What the story is one can only speculate, but for this one to be particularly risky in O'Keefe's estimation is saying something.
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) February 21, 2015
I have a bad feeling about this. And no, I do not have any fears that something bad will happen to Scurvy Jimmie. My fear is that he will do
something particularly churlish.
The first comment on said right-wing website is worth reprinting here...
His right-wing admirers don’t seem to mind that O’Keefe’s short but storied career has been defined by a series of political stunts shot through with racial resentment. Now an activist organization that monitors hate groups has produced a photo of O’Keefe at a 2006 conference on “Race and Conservatism” that featured leading white nationalists. The photo, first published Jan. 30 on the Web site of the anti-racism group One People’s Project, shows O’Keefe at the gathering, which was so controversial even the ultra-right Leadership Institute, which employed O’Keefe at the time, withdrew its backing.
A peach of a fellow, Jimmy is.
On a related note:
Many of you will recall the film version of the novel Starship Troopers
, by the quasi-fascist science fiction author Robert Heinlein. In that novel, only those who have performed military service, or some other dangerous duty, are granted the right to vote.
Believe it or not, USA Today editorialist Glenn Harlan Reynolds
(a law prof at the University of Tennessee) feels that we should adopt that very system.
This is an absurd, extremist proposal. Nevertheless, and purely as a thought experiment, let us consider the advantages of such an arrangement.
The Reynolds/Heinlein plan would have kept Dick Cheney out of politics. Buh-bye, Sarah Palin. Adieu, Mitt Romney. Sayonara, Rush Limbaugh. Auf widersehen, James O'Keefe. Arrivederci, Rudolph Giuliani. Adios, Bill O'Reilly. Beat it, Ann Coulter.
Most conservative pundits would be out of a gig. Nearly every One Percenter in the land would be kept out of the voting booths -- and, one would hope, out of the political system altogether.
Amusingly, I would
have the right to vote, despite never having served in the military. Remember, we are following Heinlein's rules. He made an allowance for anyone who has volunteered for a hazardous medical experiment -- and believe it or not, I once did just that.
Ah, the foolishness of youth...!
I won't tell you the details, but I can
tell that the doctor required me to keep urine samples for several weeks after my release from the hospital. (Why? I'm not sure. He said something about wanting to see if the radioactivity left my body.) The samples were stored in the fridge, in emptied plastic orange juice containers. One night, while half-asleep, I stumbled into the kitchen and...
...and maybe I shouldn't finish that story.
Your humble host keeps unfolding like a flower, does he not? If ever you meet me, do not make me angry. You won't like me when I'm angry.