Ah, how well I remember. It was the summer of 2008. The Dark Knight was breaking records at the box office and the left was throwing Rumpelstiltskin-like tantrums over George W. Bush and the War on Terror. I wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal pointing out — what was obvious — that Christopher Nolan’s Batman movie was a symbolic paean to the president:
There seems to me no question that the Batman film “The Dark Knight,” currently breaking every box office record in history, is at some level a paean of praise to the fortitude and moral courage that has been shown by George W. Bush in this time of terror and war. Like W, Batman is vilified and despised for confronting terrorists in the only terms they understand. Like W, Batman sometimes has to push the boundaries of civil rights to deal with an emergency, certain that he will re-establish those boundaries when the emergency is past.
And like W, Batman understands that there is no moral equivalence between a free society — in which people sometimes make the wrong choices — and a criminal sect bent on destruction. The former must be cherished even in its moments of folly; the latter must be hounded to the gates of Hell.
The insane left went insane. I was called a moron and a fool. Keith Olbermann denounced Rupert Murdoch for publishing such drivel. As the article became the most read piece on the internet that day, I received an email approximately every three seconds cursing my name.
Today? Cracked.com, an increasingly far left humor site, if that’s not a contradiction in terms, issues a video called “Six Famous Movies With Mind-Blowing Symbolism.” Note number five — and feel my power!