ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Saturday, May 21, 2005

I Am On the Dark Side of the Force

Other say the conservatives are nutty for seeing an anti-Bush bias in the new Star Wars movie (which I haven't seen yet, thanks to school & work). Well, Downer sees the anti-Bush bias and says "yippeee!" (frankly, I think only people looking for an anti-bush message (on either side) will find one.)

Darth Dubya
In the movie, the Senate passes more powers to the executive again and again to maintain order and defeat the enemies of the Republic (See Patriot Act, Iraq War Resolution, and ending the filibuster). As Anakin Skywalker turns to the Dark Side he claims the Republic must become an Empire to protect justice and bring an end to the war. It reminded me of Bush's speech at the Lincoln Museum dedication where he defended American military aggression in the name of spreading democracy and justice around the globe.

Trouble also comes when Anakin Skywalker decides that the only way to serve the Republic is to blindly follow the head of the Republic, Chancellor Palpatine. By equating the Republic with an individual leader he eventually facilitated the Republic's transition to Empire. I think this is a common mistake by partisan Republicans who equate supporting Commander Cuckoo Bananas, and any war he starts, with supporting America. There's an important difference between those who define patriotism as loyalty to a leader and those who feel it is more patriotic to defend the principles of peace, freedom and justice that America should stand for.

If I could find quotes from the movie it would be difficult to tell which ones were from Darth Vader and which ones were from Bush, such as "If you're not with me, then you are my enemy." It's all very fitting for a President who won re-election by exploiting fear, hate and anger about terrorists and homosexuals. Clearly, Republicans are the dark side of the force.

This is one of the reasons for the hyperpartisan and caustic atmosphere today... Dean calls the GOP evil, Downer agrees... when you're opponents are evil, you feel personally justified to take almost any action and say almost anything. Does the Left really think we're evil? I think they do...

Do I think the Left is evil? Misguided and blind to the history and success of free market capitalism, sure... but evil? no. There are some folks out there who are Stalinists and seek not to persuade their fellow citizens to their side but to impose a communist, command-and-control economic system (with its requisite political control) and these folks, if they truly understand what they're trying to impose, could be considered evil. But, I don't think you could say that mainstream politicians and their supporters in either party are "evil"... although, that hasn't stopped Downer, Dean, the Kossacks, the DUers, and the Willies from making those assertions. I just wonder where the HECK my laser gun or light sabre is... I mean, how can I impose our imperial destiny without the proper tools???

Interestingly... even the racists over at National Vanguard (formerly the National Alliance) echo the Lefties (amazing what a google image search will return)... As I've always thought, the political spectrum is linear, it's round.... and the extremes of each side have more in common than is normally recognized.
The Empire Strikes Back: Lessons for the Next Four Years

In the days following the 9/11 attacks, Bush enjoyed the highest approval rating of any president in history. America simultaneously received an outpouring of sympathy and support from a large multitude of countries – even France. Bush and his gang of neoconservative supporters realized that they had been given a blank check to pursue their Zionist ambitions abroad, and thus they squandered the political prize that had been handed to them in the few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001. Bush and the neocons quickly alienated America from our allies, and shamelessly hastened the transformation of the American republic to a police state. The creation of an Orwellian bureaucracy called the “Department of Homeland Security,” the passing of the tyrannical and misnamed “Patriot Act,” the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the failure to live up to his numerous campaign promises from 2000 created a plethora of adversaries for Bush and his administration. Additionally, Bush’s vexing arrogance, which he displayed by advising foreign states that they “are either with us or with the terrorists” and by dubbing Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as an “axis of evil,” cost him and our country the foreign support that had been bestowed shortly after the 9/11 attacks. More importantly, Bush cost America what little respect we still maintained abroad.

The stage was set for a colossal political struggle between Bush's horde of neoconservatives, Zionists, and big business capitalists -- and just about everyone else on the other side. On Nov. 3rd we learned who the victor of that battle was, and this result paints a dismal, gloomy picture of America’s future.

They also echo the Left on free trade issues, but I'm not going to give any of their positions credibility by discussing them here... what a disgusting group.

forgot to mention the MoveOn.Orgers ad with Frist as the evil Emperor from Star Wars...

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ARC: St Wendeler