Published May 14, 2013
From left, News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch, looks on as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a forum on The Economics and Politics of Immigration in Boston on Tuesday. (AP2012)
WASHINGTON – A grassroots political support group backing President Barack Obama is joining a Republican pro-immigration organization and an effort run by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to push for a comprehensive immigration bill using social media platforms.
Like, say, Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook?
Organizing for Action, a grassroots group run by Obama loyalists that grew out of his 2012 re-election campaign, will co-sponsor a "virtual march on Washington" planned for next week aimed at getting people to use social media platforms to register their support for the immigration legislation.
Bloomberg's Partnership for a New American Economy is behind the effort.
Featured members of Bloomberg's group include Michael Nutter (the anti-First Amendment Philadelphia mayor who looks like an R. Crumb cartoon character), Steve Ballmer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Julian Castro, Bob Iger, and J.W. Marriott.
Republicans for Immigration Reform, a group headed by former Bush administration Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, also is co-chairing the endeavor.
Carlo Gutierrez is the most exquisite example of the Hidalgo-American yet identified.
"By bringing together leaders from both parties and Americans across the country, we hope to send Congress a clear message that there is broad support for smart reform — and the time for action is now," Bloomberg said in a statement.
The virtual "March for Innovation," planned for May 22-23, is designed to get people to use Twitter, Reddit, Facebook and other social media platforms to push Congress to pass the immigration bill, which may come to a vote next week in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
It's another sign of engagement by business and high-tech leaders and officials across the political spectrum to support the immigration legislation.
So, all we have to do is stop the open conspiracy of Barack Obama, Michael Bloomberg, Rupert Murdoch, Mark Zuckerberg, John McCain, and Bill Gates from having their way with us. (Am I leaving out any names of those allied against us? Karl Rove? The Bushes?)
As Henry Kissinger might have said (at a Bilderberg Conference, no doubt): "Just because you are a paranoid doesn't mean you don't have real enemies, real enemies who are publicly conspiring against you, real enemies with billions of dollars, media empires, covert electronic surveillance capabilities, and nuclear weapons."
This could get fun.
I'm reminded of the famous passage in Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour about Guy Crouchback reading the newspaper in 1939:
Just seven days earlier he had opened his morning newspaper on the headlines announcing the Russian-German alliance. ... But now, splendidly, everything had become clear. The enemy at last was plain in view, huge and hateful, all disguise cast off. It was the Modern Age in arms. Whatever the outcome there was a place for him in that battle.
By the way, unlike Bloomberg, Gates, and Zuckerberg, I've neglected to acquire a giant monopoly, so did I ever mention the Spring iSteve fundraising drive is still rattling on?
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