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Monday, March 28, 2016


As I sit in the Arena and watch this presidential election I am often reminded of the movie Serenity, based on the TV series Firefly. In the movie, the crew of the Firefly are trying to figure out the mystery behind a planet that had virtually been erased by the governing body of the solar system, a planet called Miranda. They have to fly through a gauntlet of bad buys, called Reavers, to get to Miranda, but they do and they find a planet full of people who just lay down and died. The crew find that the governing body of the solar system had put a drug into the air stabilizers, as the planet was terraformed, that was supposed to weed out aggression in the populace. Well, they stopped breeding, eating, going to work. They just lay down and died. Except for a small percentage who went mad and wildly aggressive. You guessed it, they became the Reavers who surrounded the planet.

They find this out from a recording made by a scientist who had come on a rescue mission to the planet when they lost contact. So, they made their way to the one person who could broadcast it to the entire Solar System so everyone would know. They get to where they are to broadcast the recording and there's a huge fight but in the end, Captain Tightpants is able to take out the government operative sent to stop him and he tells him that he's about to see his "perfect world", the one he'd droned on to Mal about earlier in the movie. The look on the operative's face as he watches the secret he's been hiding is priceless. He knows he can't ever put the toothpaste back in the tube. He will never be their operative again.

But there is one line in the movie that stays with me. There isn't a day that goes by, while I'm watching the morons on the left and the right quibble, bicker and try to cover their sizable asses, that I don't think about it at some point or another. The scene is a flashback from River Tam, and young girl. She's in school and the teacher is trying to discuss the Brown Coat fight for independence from the Alliance. The teacher asks why anyone wouldn't want all the progressive wonderful utopian ideals. And here is River's answer:

People don't like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don't run, don't walk. We're in their homes and in their heads and we haven't the right. We're meddlesome.
That line there, written, probably in 2003, is the perfect explanation of voter anger this election cycle. I'll be honest, I'm a political animal and have watched races since I can remember, and this one is ugly, and it's not really just the candidates. People are angry. We've spent the past 25 years having the Left tell us what we can say, what we can think. They are in our homes and our heads and they don't have the fucking right. They are meddlesome and we're fed up.

It's funny, because the writer of the show and movie is purportedly a big time Hollywood Liberal. And yet, every work I've seen by Joss Whedon screams Libertarian to me. The fight of the Brown Coats against the Alliance was much like the Civil War in America, people not liking DC telling them what to do our how to live their lives. Granted, slavery was a horrible thing, but without all of that horror, and the political impotence of the Whigs, we would have never gotten Lincoln into the White House and won that war to keep the nation whole.

It also highlights the opinion that Progressives will always signal what they fear. And this showed me that Hollywood, the location known for movies and entertainment, fears free-thinkers. And it also explains the lack of a single original movie in too long to remember. Raise your hand if you're sick of re-boots.

Speaking of fear signaling and re-boots, I saw the Batman vs Superman movie Saturday. Loved it so much. But wasn't Lex Luthor so perfect? I'll be honest, it was a little like Oren Boyle come to life for me. Lex is a cronyist, he openly steals, and he has folks in Washington to help him do it, as long as the money makes it into their pockets, and the one woman who stands against him, he murders in front of God and everybody. The thing was, she didn't really stand against him, she just stood in his way. As Lex signals, "The greatest lie in America is that power can be innocent." Because they only know how they run things when they are in power. Carter did it. Even Bill Clinton managed to do it with the Reagan years ahead of him, the GW Bush and now Barry. With the exception of the eight years Reagan was in office, every single president since Ford has run this country into the ground because they virtually believe in nothing. They believe in padding their nests and making sure that no one has any more than they do.

They're meddlesome, and they haven't the right.

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