If you saw The Dark Knight (and, if you haven't, why not?!) and noticed some similarities between the film's titular character — a psychotic outlaw who dresses in a costume and uses his vast wealth to exact his own form of justice — and President George W. Bush, then you're not alone.
Lots of right wing pundits feel the exact same way. In fact, here's radio host Glenn Beck on CNN…
But Batman goes into another country and with a C-130 snatches a guy out, and then throws him back here into Gotham. So there's rendition. At one point the Morgan Freeman character says to Batman, wait a minute, hang on, you're eavesdropping on everyone in Gotham? And Batman says, yes, to stop this terrorist.
Morgan Freeman says, I can't be a part of it. And yet Morgan Freeman does become a part of it, and they find the Joker. One of the ways they find the Joker is through eavesdropping. I mean the parallels here of what's going on is to me stunning…
Beck also said that Bush's willingness to "die as the worst president ever because of the war on terror" is "exactly the message that Batman carries."
Well, at least he got the "worst president ever" part right.
Anyway. So, what? Now we're drawing our collective morality from blockbuster movies with fictional characters about completely made-up events instead of from best-selling Bibles with fictional characters about completely made-up events? I suppose it's a fair trade off.
But you know what? I think the conservatives are choosing the wrong movie at which to look for guidance. I think we should be looking for the deep meanings and lessons of Step Brothers.
Yes, what I'm saying is that George Bush should go over to Iran and rub his sweaty balls all over Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's drum kit.
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