Obama's Empire Strikes Out

Let's carry Obama's inane comparison further.  Anakin Skywalker enters the picture in Episode One: The Philm That Ruined Star Wars Forever as a pure savior who will "bring balance to the Force" (whatever that means, George Lucas). But that branding gives way to a narcissistic personality that brings about nothing but division and deception while creating a hideously powerful and authoritarian central galactic government. Obama came to power as a savior promising post-partisanship, unity, and a new hope, but all of that has evaporated as he has revealed himself to be a bitterly partisan actor ruthlessly pursuing a singular vision of an all-powerful state. The One has turned out to be probably the most partisan and divisive president America has ever had. And like Darth Vader, who depended on technology for his literal survival, Barack Obama depends on technology (the teleprompter) for his political survival. When Darth Vader doffs the shiny samurai helmet, he can't breathe, and as for Obama, well POTUS needs the TOTUS.  When he strays from the script he ends up accusing Americans of being bitter clingers and of supporting Republicans because they're not thinking clearly enough to bask in Obama's brilliance.

Deception. In Star Wars, Chancellor Palpatine seems like a harmless fuddy duddy of a senator to those who aren't on to him, which is pretty much everyone including the overrated Jedi. But Palpatine is carrying a secret (and it's not the fact that shovel-ready jobs never existed). Palpatine's secret is that while he appears harmless, he's a secret Sith and his entire scheme depends on how convincing a liar he is. I won't dwell for long on the fact that Obama's plight has resurrected the career of Bill Clinton, known as one of the most skilled liars ever to take the White House, but I will dwell on Obama's 2008 campaign. To those who weren't on to him at the time, his gauzy "hope and change" and fake Roman columns persuaded millions of Americans that he was a moderate, post-racial, post-partisan, middle of the road pragmatist. But once in office, the deception began to break down: Obama was a secret radical leftist. He outsourced policy to partisans like Nancy Pelosi (for whom there is no analogue in the Star Wars universe, since even Lucas couldn't come up with such an implausible figure) and Harry Reid (represented with a dead-on lack of humanity by trigger man Grand Moff Tarkin), and has consistently said things that have turned out to be untrue. "If you like your health care, you can keep it." "We will hold all the health care negotiations out in the open, on C-SPAN." "We will post bills on the Internet five days before they're voted on." And so on and so on.

The fact is, in the current political environment, it's the Democrats who are the closest thing to an Empire. They control the White House and the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. They control the U.S. auto industry and they have taken broad steps to control our health care system, which is about one-eighth of the U.S. economy. They control most of the large states, including Michigan, California, and New York -- the Empire State -- while they're busy attacking Republican strongholds like icebound Alaska, er, and Texas, which isn't icebound at all. Their little liberal storm troopers, the Organizing for America activist army, are everywhere, plotting Democrat takeovers on behalf of the man to whom they personally answer. Obama's Democrats are hell-bent on putting their central, imperial government in control of everything. The Tea Parties have allied with the old Republican guard to stop them. We even have a strong, attractive woman or two at the helm of the alliance.

But that's enough about Star Wars.

November 2 won't be the destruction of Death Star 1 or 2, nor will it be the Rebel Alliance's defeat at Hoth. Like most of what Obama says, the "empire" line is rubbish. Nov 2 will be the people of America reasserting their power over their employees in government. It's a healthy thing, real power going back to the people, with a healthy pruning of the political class worked in.  To most of us that's good, but to the leader of a party that has done what Obama's imperial Democrats have done, it's not a feature of the system -- it's a bug.