One of the enduring political images of the past two-and-a-half years–an image that has become even more pronounced since the nature of this administration’s radical agenda increasingly revealed itself–is that of then-Sen. Barack Obama as the Joker from the latest incarnation of the Batman film franchise. There are some people who don’t quite understand the rationale for the image, but it’s actually rather simple.
First, without delving into a first-year film class lecture, suffice it to say that the latest run of Caped Crusader flicks is just one of more and more conservatively-themed movies that are emerging from Tinseltown. Second, it’s important to understand that the image of Barack Obama as the Joker is not so much specific to him as it is a much more general metaphor for the far Left. As I stated in my book:
The Joker, for all the destruction that he caused and the great lengths to which he went to plan and carry it out, ultimately never had an endgame. His only truly realized satisfaction came when (1) he managed to expose the limits of the law or (2) he managed to show that those who defended the law – i.e. Harvey Dent – could be broken and turned against it. There was nothing substantive that, in the end, motivated him other than the pleasure of wreaking havoc on the abstraction of law. His ‘payment’ was, in essence, watching the system burn.
A scene from the movie that took place in a hospital, featuring the interaction between Two-Face and the Joker, might help to illustrate the point that I hope to drive home. As it is not capable of being embedded, watch it by clicking HERE.
Now, remove yourself from motion picture escapism for a moment, and look at the world around you. London is burning, and I fear that there are leftist-anarchists in our midst who are watching the events overseas like Bill Belichek breaks down film preparing for the Patriots’ next game. While the alleged reason for the fires burning parts of London to the ground is the shooting and killing by law enforcement of a drug dealer who had been in their sights for some time, that incident has only served as a catalyst, providing an avenue for the manifestation of something else altogether.
For some, it was the shooting that motivated the outcry. For others, it was driven by the Prime Minister’s attempts to put through austerity measures in an effort to save England’s economy — measures which, naturally, cut into the cultural narcotic of entitlement benefits. For a whole lot of others, however, the shooting and subsequent frustration provided the opportunity to simply go out and “have some fun,” in the process destroying the lives of people who have prospered more than they themselves have. After all, one girl involved in all the “fun,” interviewed by a local news agency, claimed that “we’re going to show the rich people that we can do what we want — you know … all the small business owners.”
The nerve of those people — running a successful business unattached to the government. Just who do they think they are?
It’s this third group that concerns me the most, young people who have absolutely no clue as to what’s actually going on in the world nor do they care, young people who have grown up essentially hooked to an intravenous line of counter-cultural, aimless, contrarian perspective and behavior. These are the people on whom the people with the real politically-destructive intent–the global Left–depend to do their cultural razing. I would imagine that somewhere in the United States, Francis Fox Piven is watching the tape of the London riots like it is pornography.
Like the Joker, Leftists and Liberals just “do things” without any thought to actual consequences. Watching Barack Obama and Timothy “Turbo Tax” Geithner try to tell us that Standard & Poors “got it wrong” was not at all surprising to any of us who truly pay attention and can actually predict the behavioral patterns of Liberals and children at this point. Take away all the political nonsense, and the two of them were doing nothing more than saying, “it’s not my fault.”
I can tell you this: as the primary disciplinarian in an all-boy’s Catholic college prep high school, I wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard those words. If that were the case, I’d singlehandedly be able to put a dent in the deficit.
Truth be told, maybe the president and Secretary Geithner are technically correct. Perhaps S&P shouldn’t have downgraded us based solely on pure mathematical logic. Still, our two “leaders” seem to have missed the point entirely — from my way of thinking, S&P was merely using common sense and was looking at the big picture. This was their generalized way of their telling us to wake up.
As more and more people have come to see over the course of the past two-and-a-half years, we’re dealing with adolescents — and spoiled ones at that, children who see no point to consequences and behave more like chic, pseudo-intellectual collegiate free-spirits who live only to impress their other ultra-chic friends with the degree to which they’re so “above the fray.”
Consequently, it’s very easy to understand the reasons for the assaultive bias of what remains of the integrity of the mainstream media. These are most likely–perhaps not all, but certainly a substantive number–people who came from money, never had any real boundaries imposed upon them by their parents, and as young “adults” attended “elite” universities that were really nothing more than centers of personal, no-holds-barred personal gratification and degradation and chic, leftist, ”intellectual,” fighting-the-man and pitying “the workers of the world” indoctrination. Think about some of the people who write seemingly outrageous op-eds for the likes of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, etc., etc. Think these writers are paid any extra for fanning flames? I’d bet not; no, I think their real “payment” comes in impressing their chic, elitist friends with the degree to which they put into words completely counter-cultural things and helping to “burn the system to the ground.”
For Heaven’s sake, Cokie Roberts claimed on national television this past Sunday morning that “the problem we have here is the United States Constitution.”
Do you think she’s not getting pats on the back by others in the Beltway and media cocktail circuit for that one? That must have really excited her friends. For Cokie, it must been a quality “high” to say something so asinine. It must have felt so rebellious.
All of which brings me back to the riots in London. If people in mainstream America think that such riots will never happen here, they’re sadly mistaken. On the contrary, there are people here who not only hope that it happens but who are also no doubt planning it. The “Day of Rage” (that’s just soooo 1968, isn’t it?) scheduled for September 17, 2011 comes to mind, a day when the Communist Party USA plans to “take down Wall Street.” I think we can all agree that there are some rather nefarious characters in this nation’s high-financial structure, but destroying things in a blind rage doesn’t really strike me as the best way to bring about change.
The people involved in these types of things–mostly young people–are those who, as a result of some or all of the reasons that I’ve discussed, want to burn America to the ground, not even microscopically aware that they’re destroying their own lives in the process. When it all comes out in the wash, what we’re seeing is that the leftist ideology is one of destruction of all types, while the common sense values of those on the right represent an ideology of creation.
Events in America are beginning to move quickly now, as many of us foresaw as a result of the 2010 elections. The national debt has essentially reached the point of critical mass, our nation has been downgraded economically for the first time in its history, John Kerry is flatly calling for censorship of American citizens, Kerry and David Axelrod are continuing to “repeat the lie” in an effort to attach the terms “Tea Party” and “Downgrade” in the minds of those who pay zero attention to what’s going around them and/or in the minds of those who pay zero income taxes (most often, that’s the same group of folks), and major political players in the Democratic Party of our own government are referring to a segment of some of its own citizens as terrorists, when they won’t dare refer to any Muslim extremist as such.
Common sense liberals really need to look in the mirror. You’re on the wrong side.
Place all of this up against the fact that the unions basically went down in flames in the Wisconsin recall elections yesterday, and it’s clear that their one chance–they’ll never again have the opportunity to “fundamentally transform the United States of America”–is quickly headed to the incinerator as well.
At the beginning of this article, I used the political metaphors and statements that are obviously so much a part of the film The Dark Knight in an effort to introduce my larger points. Another clip from the movie, I feel, provides an adequate closing for this piece. Watch it by clicking here: