Obama's Empire Strikes Out
Over the weekend in Ohio, President Obama took his desperate campaign to cling to power to new heights of silly, irresponsible rhetoric. Having spent the past couple of weeks decrying "name-calling" in politics, the president likened the Republicans to "the empire striking back."
"They're fighting back. The empire is striking back. To win this election, they are plowing tens of millions of dollars into front groups. They are running misleading negative ads all across the country."
That's obviously an allusion to the best movie of the Star Wars franchise, The Empire Strikes Back. And that Empire is the best of the franchise, there can be no debate. George Lucas didn't direct that one, so the actors' delivery is closer to human than it is to wood, as in most of the other five movies in the series. Cute, dead-eyed, robot-worshiping Muppets don't implausibly bring down massive armored assault vehicles ... yet. Empire was all that was right with film making. That President Obama would sully our childhood memories by dragging them into politics is nearly grounds for impeachment.
In Empire, the reeling Galactic Empire which controls just about everything recovers from its humiliating defeat at the Death Star, takes out a hidden icebound rebel base, captures one of the rebellion's leaders, and informs another that his father is the evil Darth Vader. And lots of stuff gets blown up and there's some cool laser swordplay along the way. As is usually the case with Obama, once you unpack his rhetoric, it's childish and shallow, while what substance there is is riddled with projection, hypocrisy, and deception.
Projection. Obama has been aggressively accusing the Republicans of benefiting from foreign donations, but guess what: the Democrats have taken in twice as much in that filthy foreen lucre. In the current political environment, President Obama's party controls everything, and he and the Democrats have been using the full power of the federal government to amass even more power while ruthlessly pursuing their enemies. They have used the Environmental Protection Racket, sorry, Agency, to attack thriving states like Texas so that the Republicans there are hurt politically (and his own power grows). They have taken over most of the U.S. auto industry. They have taken over the student loan industry. They have, in the manner of that shot toward the end of Revenge of the Sith, hoisted the scaffolding for what will be the ObamaCare takeover of the U.S. health care industry (unless they're stopped). They have snuck government-empowering legislation through Congress using midnight votes and trickery, much like the schemes Chancellor Palpatine used to fritter away the Republic Senate's power to set up the Empire. Who's the hapless, hoodwinked Jar Jar Binks in this telling? Rep. Bart Stupak? Sen. Ben Nelson? Biden? Any Democrat who voted for ObamaCare, only to find it a massive albatross now?
When a group of scrappy underpowered upstarts decided to stand up and fight back -- the Rebel Alliance in Star Wars, the Tea Parties in reality -- Obama and the Democrats went after them with an unholy fury. They have tried to crush them with the political equivalent of the Death Star attack on Alderaan, which is to to call them racist. And this is how the promised post-racial presidency dies ... to thundering applause from Tinglepants Chris Matthews (Salacious Crumb, in the Lucas universe -- or maybe that's Carville).
Hypocrisy. Invoking the galaxy far, far away in the American political context is a ridiculous thing to do, but since President Obama did it second (George Lucas apparently did it first), let's take a look at a few other parallels. In his "empire" soundbite, President Obama slammed the Republicans for "spending tens of millions of dollars on negative ads" and using front groups to retake power. The Democrats' Empire has its own shadowy and unaccountable evil emperor in George Soros. George Soros has spent untold hundreds of millions of dollars since jumping strongly into politics in 2006, and his entire Shadow Party strategy hinges on setting up front groups like J Street, American Independent Media, Media Matters for America, and the Center for American Progress to attack Republicans. And it's not as if anyone can plausibly argue that Soros' involvement in politics is about clean government, or anything other than enhancing his own power. Soros himself is a convicted insider trader, as a currency speculator he has all but destroyed world currencies at the expense of the common man, and his allies have helped cover up Democrat misdeeds. What's Soros' agenda? To rule.