No major news network is more obsessed with flaunting their alleged patriotism than Fox News. Virtually every minute of airtime is festooned with flags and other visual and aural manifestations of cliché Americana. Their hosts and guests regurgitate nationalistic rhetoric in a non-stop display of partisan and self-serving jingoism.
However, this feverish facade of fidelity to the fatherland is wholly disingenuous. The Fox News crowd routinely opposes many of the most basic principles of the nation as enshrined in the Constitution. They recoil from equality, mock freedom of the press, force religious doctrine, and embrace insurrection on behalf of their wannabe dictator, Donald Trump.
On Thursday’s episode of Fox’s “The Five,” the panel engaged in a discussion about a supposed “Red State Boom.” Never mind that it was an invention of their imaginations. Blue states have been financially supporting red states for decades. Nevertheless, the segment asserted that there was some sort of mass migration to red states by disaffected Democrats in blue havens like New York and California.
Greg Gutfeld built on that fallacy to praise the independence of the country’s politically divided states. He made the old, racist argument for “states’ rights.” saying that people can choose which state they want to live in based on the rights available there. But he’s ignoring the fact that Constitutional rights are guaranteed nationally. They are not a smorgasbord that states can pick and choose from. By his logic the U.S. could still have slavery in some states, if that’s what residents of that state wanted.
Gutfeld’s perverse misinterpretation of federalism amounted to a virtual dissolution of the republic. He used the recent Supreme Court ruling reversing Roe v Wade as a positive example of how the several states can decide their own rules, even when they deny long held rights for families to make their own choices. And apparently he hasn’t heard that Republicans in Congress are seeking to nationalize their prohibition of abortion, so that no state can have the free choice that he pretends to be championing.
This led to an exchange that is even more troubling. Charles Hurt of the “Moonie” Washington Times, was disturbed that there are people from blue states moving to red states, and bringing their political opinions with them. But Gutfeld has the solution to that problem…
Hurt: One of the problems, though, with this migration is that all of the — and people talk about — they worry that voters are going to vote the same way when they move to these red states. Another concern is the fact that they’re deadbeat voters. They voted for all of this nonsense in the state they left, and then they leave and they don’t get stuck with the bill.
Gutfeld: They shouldn’t be allowed to vote.
Hurt: They shouldn’t be allowed to vote until they pay back all of the taxes they voted for in California or New York.
Fox News' Charlie Hurt on moving from blue states to red states:
"Another concern is the fact that they are deadbeat voters… they shouldn’t be allowed to vote until they have paid back all of the taxes they voted for in California or New York." pic.twitter.com/zL8qxHHVFg
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 6, 2023
First of all, many Republicans have been touting this purported migration to red states as evidence that conservative politics were winning, and that Democrats and Republicans were choosing red states because they were aligned with them ideologically. But Hurt’s nonsensical argument is that Democrats are moving out of blue states so that they can vote for the same policies in their new reddish homes that caused them to leave the blue states in the first place. Seriously?
More importantly, Hurt and Gutfeld and their Fox News confederates think it would be appropriate to prohibit these new red staters from voting based solely on their political opinions. And these are the same Fox News numbskulls who profess to be patriots. Hurt’s suggestion that Democrats be prohibited from voting “until they pay back all of the taxes they voted for in California or New York,” is preposterous and bass ackwards. How about blue states prohibiting Republicans from voting until they pay back all of the tax revenues they mooched from Blue America?
It’s a distinctly unconstitutional, anti-democratic position that permeates the the American right. And this isn’t the first time that they’ve said so. Earlier this year Marjorie Taylor Greene made exactly the same proposal…
So the next time you see the flamboyant flourish of flag-waving on Fox News, recall that their real motivations are more attuned to tyranny and oppression of any dissent from their ultra-right agenda. They not only want Democrats in prosperous blue states to fund the failing red regimes, they want to take away their voting rights as well. And despite the propaganda from Fox News, that’s not America.
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