One of the more rabid of our local right-wing outfits proved itself mentally defective last weekend, posting a bizarro-world image with an anti-immigrant theme on its Facebook page. See also: - Everett Wilkinson: Tea Party Extremist, Media Darling
Neither the image nor the sentiments were atypical of the group, the grandly named West Palm Beach-based National Liberty Federation. Thing is, the image -- a tableau of George Washington amid clouds of glory, Liberty Bell in one hand, Ten Commandments in the other, moocher furriners of many lands at his feet begging for handouts -- was lifted from a video game in which the image is used to spoof the wingnuts.
from the video game BioShock Infinite, where it's used as propaganda for the Founders, a jingoistic, xenophobic group that runs the floating city of Columbia. They're the videogame equivalent of the Tea Party, and they're portrayed as a nasty group of racist white men.
The NLF (not to be confused with the NFL, or with this NLF) is the spawn of Everett Wilkinson, formerly "Chairman of South Florida Tea Party as well as the Florida Tea Party Patriots," who made his political bones, he writes:
in grade school [where he] successfully helped George Bush Sr. beat Michael Dukakis in his school's election by telling fellow students Dukakis was going make them go to school all year round.
This graduate of the Roger Stone school of political ethics has since sunk so low he's even been disowned by fellow rabid righties like BizPac Review. They denounced him last summer, at the height of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman affair, as a "race hustler," writing:
Wilkinson, one of the original tea party organizers in Palm Beach County, thinks martial law will be declared over the George Zimmerman verdict and wouldn't be surprised if 15,000 Russian troops were on the streets helping the Department of Homeland Security. In the email, he recommends that if you live in an "infected" area, you should get out, "unless you like the idea of spending anytime in a FEMA Camp."
Of course, Wilkinson's solution for such apocalyptic B-movie catastrophes is relatively simple and pathetically predictable. You can help prevent all this by "making a generous donation of $25, $50, $100 or more to help us keep up the fight for America."
Wilkinson's taste in imagery does sometimes appeal to us, though. Like this.
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