published Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Web hit: Marceaux goes viral with views


* To view a website on Basil Marceaux’s gubernatorial candidacy, go to

* To watch Basil Marceaux’s comments on WSMV-TV got to:

NASHVILLE — He is an improbable longshot in the polls, but Tennessee Republican gubernatorial hopeful Basil Marceaux Sr., of Chattanooga, rules on the Internet, where his views have gone “viral.”

The candidate’s promise to “immune you from all state crimes for the rest of you (sic) life!” and his desire that “everyone carry guns” has proven to be catnip to an army of delighted Internet bloggers and irresistible to talk radio and MSNBC as well.

He’s been endorsed by the hillbilly comedy duo Jackie Broyles and Dunlap on Red State Update. A Nashville Scene blogger proclaimed Marceaux an “Internet Superstar” and warned GOP front-runner Bill Haslam that there is a “mighty dark horse pounding toward you in the outside lane.”

The website Wonkette told readers “you have a new 2010 election boyfriend” and urged them to “just look at his website. It is indescribably perfect. What can be made fun of first? We just want to live in this man’s brain forever.”

But this is no joke to Marceaux, a perennial candidate who is also running in the Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District

“I always knew it would (attention) happen because I’m sure everyone feels like me. It just takes guts,” the one-time Marine said.

Voters “like my gun views,” he said. “I want everyone to have a gun. If I think that someone doesn’t have one, maybe I’ll fine them $10.”

Former Hamilton County Sheriff John Cupp, who said Marceaux once threatened him with “citizen’s arrest,” was initially dumbfounded over Marceaux’s newfound celebrity.

“You’re kidding me,” Cupp said, going on to recall how Marceaux once sued him and then-Gov. Don Sundquist.

On its website, the Tennessee Bar Association references an early 2000s case in which Marceaux claims the governor, sheriffs, the General Assembly and others were guilty of “kidnapping, extortion and racketeering” through the application of laws calling for mandatory car insurance and routine traffic stops. The complaint was dismissed.

Internet interest in Marceaux ignited last week after he appeared on Nashville’s WSMV-TV in a news segment in which all five Republican and Democratic candidates for governor held forth on any topic they wished.

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    WSVM-TV - Jul 28, 2010 - Basil Marceaux, Republican candidate for Tennessee governor, states his case in a video on Nashville's WSVM. The video has gone viral, attracting followers and ranking high in various search engines.

“I’m Basil Marceaux, the Republican candidate for governor,” he says to the camera. “I’d like to recall all permits and registration for guns. Everyone carry guns. If you kill someone, no, you get murdered. You go to jail.”

After playing the Marceaux video on Wednesday on MSNBC, NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd chuckled, saying, “There it is, Marceaux for governor.”

Other Marceaux campaign planks include planting grass or vegetation “across the state on any vacant lot and sell it for gas so we can use it for our expenses,” Marceaux said. “Also I’m going to remove all gold-fringe flags and fly the real flag with the three stripes. I also want to stop traffic stops.”

Internet bloggers obsessed over the flag reference, mistakenly thinking he said “gold finch flags.” Because he is missing several teeth, Marceaux noted, it is sometimes difficult for people to understand him.

A Mason-Dixon Polling and Research survey, conducted last week for the Times Free Press and other major state newspapers, show Marceaux with just 1 percent support in the gubernatorial race, dwarfed by support for GOP rivals Haslam, U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville.

But on Google, a search using the terms “Marceaux” and “governor” revealed 125,000 hits for the dark horse on Wednesday. That compares to 76,900 for Wamp, 64,900 for Ramsey and 57,000 for Haslam.

Much of Marceaux’s political views stem from a complex belief that federal officials have ignored an 1866 law involving the Freedman’s Bureau, an agency set up after the Civil War to help the freed slaves. Marceaux claims to be an agent of the bureau and says the government has violated civil rights nationwide for more than a century.

Former Sheriff Cupp said the fact the Internet is obsessing over Marceaux “tells you how sad the news is on other things, that he looks like a ray of hope.”

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Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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MuddyCreek said...

Does anybody else think this guy looks like Dr. Bombay on Bewitched?

July 29, 2010 at 4:50 p.m.
FM_33 said...

MuddyCreek this my friend is the bomb of the bay !

The whole internet system here in the United States is run from a CIA office in Signal Mountain TN.

They also contract with the US Military the basic 250.000 MHRZ wave freqency that they run it on is very powerful. Also a short wave * Alpha Ditrot Radio * does the rest as a filter and acts as a firewall to stop an incoming scamp virus that might infect the main fame.

If you don't believe this check this file at the library of congress in Washington DC and the file is under the sub text ( Alpha Internet Computer System ) or AICS and the file number is.

Class C File Unclassified Route File # 25452-14547-03 Pages: 520 Index: 43 By: United States Army Intelligence Washington DC Dept: Computer internet division Intro By: Gen. Colin Powell Year: 1984

If you do get a chance to read it you will never allow a computer voting system like DIEBOT to take over the old fashion way of doing it by paper ballot.

  • Vote Paper Ballot Only IN Each And Every Election *
July 29, 2010 at 5:01 p.m.
queue1114 said...

This guy has some good points, but like so many misses the mark on so many as well.

Yes, the court systems currently run under the US military, or Maritime system. It is because the US is in bankrupsy, and has been since 1933.

It all stems from the passage of the Glass-Owen bill in 1913, which by no coincidence was the same year of the passage of the 16th amendment to the Federal constitution.

To FM_33, I do not need to read the AICS paper. It would be naive to think the internet is un monitored, especially after the events of 2001. That said, there are encrytion methods that even the CIA / NSA can not break. Unfortunately they are free and available. I say unfortunately, because there are those who would like to see the demise of the US who would use them against us.

I don't believe Marceaux has any chance of winning. However, if people can weed out the fact from the fiction, and there are some facts in his platform, at least it would serve the public in this way.

One final point. If everyone were required to have a gun, there would probably be a blood bath lasting about 2 months. Then, after all the nuts and criminals were dead, the rest of us law abiding citizens would enjoy relatively crime free lives of peace. Not that this is realistic or feasible on a national level, but there have been some smaller communities that have gun requirement ordinances, and they have enjoyed quite a bit of success with them.

Just my thoughts.

August 1, 2010 at 11:52 a.m.
MountainJoe said...

Basil does have some good points ... the problem is he is so incoherent it is almost impossible to make them out. He also tends to insert complete non-sequiturs (like growing vegetation in medians for biofuel) and nonsense "you kill someone, you get murdered, no you go to jail" in the middle of the few legitimate points he is trying to make.

The scary thing is that, even so, Basil makes more sense than Zach :)

August 2, 2010 at 10:16 a.m.
FM_33 said...

Basil most conservative women love men that are not over weight.

That also gose for elephants as well !

August 2, 2010 at 3:09 p.m.
turtledoctor said...

I for one think I'd rather vote for an idiot (Dr. Bombay) than a crook who thinks I'm an idiot!

August 4, 2010 at 5:34 p.m.
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