Via The Huffington Post:
WASHINGTON — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday he is “sickened” that President Bush and Congress went on vacation “while young Americans in our cities are massacred” by illegal immigrants.
Gingrich, who is considering a run for the White House, was referring to the recent execution-style murders of three college students on a school playground in Newark, N.J.
One man whom police believe was involved in the murders — Jose Lachira Carranza — is an illegal immigrant from Peru who had been released on bail on charges of raping a child when the murders occurred.
Gingrich said that the “war here at home” against illegal immigrants is “even more deadly than the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
And there it is. Fear and Loathing, Inc., is chugging along just fine without its CEO, KKKarl Rove. “OMG!!! Bush is right they did follow us home!!!!!1111!!!!!” think the brainwashed 18%.
It’s clear to anyone who doesn’t have a pencil stuck in his brain that Gingrich has just made an outrageous statement. Hundreds of thousands of people have died in Iraq and Afghanistan – clearly, there aren’t massacring hordes of illegal immigrants swarming over the border killing The Master Race – ooooooops, I mean White People.
But you know what? The frames are still there. The frames are:
- “brown people are all scary and all want to kill Murkins” (see: we attacked Iraq instead of capturing Osama Bin Laden but the wingnuts don’t care cause Saddam was baaaad);
- “they’re stealing our jobs and raping our women” (see: brown is the new black); and finally
- “the proper and manly response to any problem is to declare war” (see “the war on terror”).
All the Republics are great at framing, because they all get their talking points from Master KKKarl. On the Democratic side, the only candidate for President that seems to understand it is Hillary Clinton, although Obama shows flashes of brilliance in that regard. John Edwards, although he should be getting as much or more attention as the other two, does not get framing at all, and that’s why his campaign is sputtering.
But the other Democrats, including the ones in Congress, had better learn, and very very soon. It’s not just that the traditional media is run by the military-industrial complex and overwhelmingly favors Republics and warmongers because of that. It’s also that it doesn’t matter what the Republics say, as long as it falls within the frame they want to present.
If we don’t start challenging the frames, we will never get our country back.