My good friend, Doc Farmer, has a few comments on the latest Star Wars entry. Seems those leftisits in Hollywood have decided to make some camparisons of the Sith and Dubya. Of course, they are disparaging. Even moveon.com is going to air ads comparing the Republicans to the Sith over judicial filibustering. I suppose that is better than those Nazi ads they thought about. - Sailor
George W. Bush - President, Commander in Chief, Sith Lord?
Written by Doc Farmer
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
I'm a sci-fi fan from WAY back. I still watch original Star Treks and find enjoyment there, although NexGen, DS9 and Voyager were excellent follow-ups (I'll have to get back to you on Enterprise, though). I watch Stargate SG-1 and love the way they can make fun of themselves. I watch Tripping the Rift because, well, there just aren't enough buxom, horny, well-constructed 3-D cartoon sex androids on TV these days, in my humble opinion.
I also love Star Wars.
Haven't heard of it? Haven't seen it? Gee, you sound just like my boss!
For those of you who have NEVER heard of Star Wars, let me give you a quick thumbnail sketch. It's about good versus evil. Yup, that about sums it up. It's all of the heroic swashbuckling you could want, with none of the Errol Flynn (sorry, folks, but that cheesy grin of his always bugged me). It has lasers, starships, comedic robots, love, hate, courage, strength - all the things today's moviegoers
demand with their popcorn.
Now, why am I bothering you with any of this? I know at least two of the readers of this article (my Mom and my Dad) don't really give a rat's rump about sci-fi movies (example - having to explain Pon Farr to my own mother - talk about embarrassing!). Besides, this is usually a column about political issues, media mishaps, my planned takeover of the universe, and other trivial matters. So why is this a hot topic for me today? Is it because the movie is released on Thursday? Is it because I'm still waiting for my collectors’ item lightsabres to come in the post? Is it because I want all of my female coworkers to staple cinnamon buns to their ears? (note: you have to see the original Star Wars movie to get that particular joke).
Nope. It is because there are a number of the Hollyweird set who are trying to compare the new Star Wars movie, Revenge of the Sith, to
the current republican administration.
We've all heard it before in one form or another. Dubya wants to be a dictator. No, wait, he IS a dictator! No, wait, Cheney's really running stuff, and Dubya's just a figurehead. No, wait, Dubya's an evil genius bent on world domination. No, wait, [fill in next lame-assed lib/dem/soc/commie excuse for losing again here]. However, now that there's a great movie coming out that the whole world will see, and that pits good against evil (something lib/dem/soc/commies don't acknowledge because they don't believe in stuff like that), it seems as good a time as any to try and lie to the general public again.
After all, it didn't work with Fahrenheit 9/11. It's just gotta work this time.
Here's the deal. In the movie, an ambitious senator maneuvers his way to the top job by secretly arranging a war. The
senator, now Supreme Chancellor, is actually a very evil person (hmmm, must be a (bleep)ing lawyer in his spare time) who is bent on destroying the peaceful Republic and create an Empire, through media manipulation, a trumped-up war, and selling himself to the galaxy as a good guy.
Through Hollyweird's twisted vision, this is their interpretation of the Bush Administration. The lib/dem/soc/commies are the ones who want to retain peace and order and Social Security, while the evil rep/cons are planning to throw your granny out of her house and make her live in a dumpster. Oh, and take over the universe as well.
Now, I know full well that movies, especially in the sci-fi genre, can and have been used as political commentary in the past. A lot of what made the original Star Trek so groundbreaking wasn't that it was all warp drive and phasers. It took contemporary issues of the day and put them into a different (future)
perspective. However, for that to actually work, the issues must be designed in to the script. Frank Gorshen, with half of his body painted white and the other half black, was able to pull this kind of stuff off only because the writers used the contemporary issue of racism to make a blatant, and yet to the censors, anyway) covert statement.
That's not the case with this movie, however. George Lucas himself said that the original backdrop for the Star Wars saga was not the current issue, but the end of the Vietnam War. Although considering that Nixon actually got us OUT of Indochina instead of IN seems to be the part that everybody forgets, especially Hollyweird. Still, the wacko conspiracy theorists over at DemocraticUnderground.com (or, as I like to refer to them, DumbassesUnlimited.com) are picking the storyline apart looking for hidden Dubya clues. Considering these people believe that ''Where's Waldo'' is actually a CIA internal
spying process, I don't know why anybody even bothers to listen to them.
However, the MSM do. And they have a shared interest. Bush-hatred.
So, this is what the lib/dem/soc/commies have come to. Lie or manufacture stories about Dubya's alleged drug use. Question every policy, every motive, every action. Forge documents about his Air National Guard service. Call him stupid over and over again. And when NONE of that works, compare him to an evil wizard in a sci-fi movie. What's next? Will we see Harry Potter destroying Dubya in an upcoming movie, perhaps? Will Dr. Evil be usurped by this Galactic Country Bumpkin?
It's not just the movie itself that is generating this. The book based on the movie came out a few weeks ago. Naturally, I bought it. Hey, I just wanted to see if there were any surprises - I did not want to go into that theatre and hear the dulcet tones of Jar Jar Binks, after all. Sadly, however, I did find one surprise. Right before the
Introduction, there's a half a page of, well, preintroduction. The author, Matthew Stover, comes up with this little dig -
- Though this all happened so long ago and so far away that words cannot describe the time or the distance, it is also happening right now. Right here.
It is happening as you read these words.
This is how twenty-five millennia come to a close. Corruption and treachery have crushed a thousand years of peace. This is not just the end of a republic; night is falling on civilization itself.
Y'know, I realize that movies like this are ALWAYS going to generate tons of hype. I heard on the radio today that Lucas ponied up $95 million for movie promotion alone! That's above and beyond however
many squillions he had to drop to actually make the movie. Moreover, everybody wants to jump on the bandwagon. Personally, I think the M&M ''dark side'' commercial is a hoot, although I'm getting a bit tired of seeing Darth Vader's mask on damn near every box of cereal ever made. However, when a bunch of petty, whining losers can take a movie that I was actually looking forward to seeing, and put a political spin on it, that's when I get a bit perturbed.
Oh, I'll still go see the movie. However, this does take some of the fun out of it. Which, I suppose, is the short definition of what lib/dem/soc/commies live for.
About the Writer: Doc Farmer is a writer and humorist who is also a moderator on ChronWatch's Forum. He formerly lived in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, but now resides in the Midwest. Doc receives e-mail at email@example.com.
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