Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Similarities Between the Star Wars and American Political Stage

It all started innocently enough with a question I couldn’t pass up, “What happened politically in Star Wars anyway?” Oh boy! How can I pass this up? So, I started going over the galactic political landscape of Star Wars (yes, I am that much of a geek) and I started to notice some eerie parallels with what’s going on right now in America.

Let’s forget about the mystical aspect of Star Wars, such as the Force, Jedi, and Sith, and focus on just the political landscape.

The crux of the demise of the Galactic Senate in Star Wars was due to the influence of Senator Palpatine. Palpatine basically manufactured a war, tapping into the greed of the Neimoidians and their Trade Federation. The Trade Federation’s demise at Naboo led to an insurrection and establishment of the Separatist Army, using Trade Federation droids as warriors, which of course was also a creation of Palpatine by proxy of Count Dooku.

Palpatine used Count Dooku to run the Separatist Armies, influencing their movements and their attack strategies, and once he acquired the Clone Army, he maneuvered them (with Jedi Generals) into combat positions and affecting their strategic moves as well. Granted, his influence was mainly political, but you can easily hamstring or strengthen a war from the sidelines using political maneuvering. We’ve seen that first hand with the Iraq War.

Solidifying the Separatists as a significant threat, Palpatine used this to usurp more power and form the Clone Army. Pulling the strings on both sides, Palpatine fought a war between the Republic and the Separatists, using this as a means to instill fear of safety and security throughout the galaxy, and more specifically in the Galactic Senate. In doing so, he strengthened the government and positioned himself as the savior of the war, the ender of all suffering, and easily changed the political landscape from a Democratic Republic to an Empire with complete control and governed by one man, himself.

Now, one might think my parallel lies with the Iraq War, but it doesn’t. I’m looking at something that’s happening right here at home; this economic crisis we find ourselves in. Now for the record, I want it to be known that I’m just playing around here, but once you see the parallels, it does raise an eyebrow.

Let’s recap: A person, using political prowess and influence, positioned themselves in such a way that they were able to generate a crisis, come to its rescue, and reformat the political landscape to give themselves more power and control.

Currently, we have an economic crisis, where the government is making decisions and enacting laws that give it more power and control. If a person, or a small group of people, were to want to increase government control, this would be a great way to do it instead of using another full blown war to do it.

So here’s how I break this down:

There is plenty of blame to go around for the current economic crisis, but there are a select few who are more directly culpable. Politically you have Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama and George Bush. Financially you have Fanny Mae & Freddie Mac, The Auto’s, CITI Group, Bank of America and AIG. You can definitely name more, but I don’t want to go on forever.

So now let’s establish some equalities:

Trade Federation/Separatists = Financials (Fanny Mae & Freddie Mac, The Auto’s, CITI Group, Bank of America, AIG, etc.)

Palpatine = Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd

Republic Army = Bush and Obama

If you do proper research and check your political bias at the door, Frank, Dodd and Pelosi are knee deep involved in how the financial sector of America became over blown and crapped out. By enacting legislation a few years ago that literally forced banks and lenders to make high risk loans to people who definitely couldn’t afford it, they set up the playing field for a collapse.

As the collapse occurred, Bush, and subsequently Obama, jumped into battle as if given orders to do so, touting fear and desperation, laying blame against evil bad CEO’s and corrupt business practices, and instilling that same sense of fear to the public. Sound familiar?

In order to bring peace and stability, the same people who were basically responsible for the crisis stand tall and pound their chests to act as saviors. Pelosi and her crew (both Rep. and Dem.), with haste and under cover of darkness (sort of, since TARP was rushed and no one really had time to read that huge Stimulus Package either), push through even more legislation, thereby increasing the power of government over the financial sector of the country.

As every day passes, more and more acts like this are seen, to the point where it’s somewhat obvious that Pelosi and her crew are making an all out run on whatever they can get control of during this crisis, like nationalizing the financial sector, healthcare and whatever else they can imagine.

Now the story isn’t over. We’re not an Empire...yet. But if it plays out like it did in Star Wars, Pelosi, the far left and weak Republicans will effectively give the government so much power and control over our daily lives that it might as well be an Empire. At least none of them really have the Force, else we’d all probably have lightning up our wazzoo real soon.

Now, I’m not saying there is some nefarious plot going on here, but it does get you thinking. ;)

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is why I don't generally like politics and especially the stereotypical politician... its about power. People just want to live. Human beings are still in their infancy and we are seriously prone to blunder.

Oscar Sevilla said...

I didn't read any of this. The blog used to excite me soooooooo much, yet now it has degenerated to a bunch of make believe crap.

Karen Cramer Shea said...

I saw a lot more similarities before the election and the transition. Obama won't save of from economic collapse that is inevitable but I think the republic is sound. Although if the democrats don't shape up they will be thrown out at the next opportunity. We need new solutions which deal with the actual problems and no one seems to be willing to look at our real problems.

Douglas Mallette said...

Oscar - I'm sorry, but I can't be serious all of the time. Sometimes it's nice to relax and write something fun.

And wait a minute...this is the first article I've written that was "make believe". Everything for the past week or so has revolved around serious issues:

Press releases (SRI)

Articles (STS-119 Launch)

Technical Analysis/Commentary (The Skylon Engine Research Funding, but I did use Star Wars in the title because the craft they have designed does look like Star Wars)

Space Policy/Politics (Space Economy, ITAR, etc.)

I'm not sure what else you want.

Geoff said...

Good article - enjoyed the read. . . Never read the blog before - but I see the comments on Space.com all the time and crack up - actually a comment on the Mars / Rust article lead me here. I've always seen parallels between Star Wars and our gov. as well as many other sci-fi / futurist stories. . It seems that this type of behavior isn't a plot or conspiracy like you said, but to me - it appears to be an observation of human nature in general. You give teaspoon of power, the human wants a table spoon. After they get the tablespoon of power - they want a pitcher full of power. . . And so, and so on, until you have an either dissention from an opposing force or an complete domination by a single or few power mongers. Gotta love those humans!

Douglas Mallette said...

Geoff - You hit the nail right on the head my friend.

If you like, please follow this blog and be kept aware of future posts. Thanks! :)

And word of mouth never hurts either. :)

Jerry M. Weikle said...

"We’re not an Empire...yet. But if it plays out like it did in Star Wars, Pelosi, the far left and weak Republicans will effectively give the government so much power and control over our daily lives that it might as well be an Empire. At least none of them really have the Force"

Doug, you should be in Grad School! Elegantly said, and sociolist/communistic idealogies occuring at and within the Government. Well, Ronald Reagan said "Socialism is the halfway house for Communism"--broaden that over to Democracy and one can see certain alignments and parallels. Even our former President George W. Bush, paraphrasing "It would be very easy to turn this country into a dictatorship."

How often people only look at the current, not thinking across time, thus walk in blindness and ignorance. Even the Nazi's in political nationalism were wavying their flags of party support, unquestioning the leadership. Those that saw and understood, left for America.

Washington, over the last several decades is delightfully embracing all the evils that it once fought against. I say "delightfully"; because it is truly a slap in America's face that democracy and individuals rights have been taken away; all the while the "patriot American is proudly wavying their flag" in blindness of being political correct.

Douglas Mallette said...

I am going to Grad School, starting this summer, albeit for Astrophysics. lol.

Norman Copeland said...

Douglas, from what I have seen of your blog, its intellectual capacity seems to flourish and transend international borders, really, that was thouroughly simplistic and very mature, but, different...

I have not encountered such literature, since I grasped the essence of william Shakespeare, of course, Shakespear is ''thee'' man, but, the intellectual delivery was distinctly textured with knowledge distributed for an international community that may not exist yet.

Good show dear boy. Thats quality observation.

Douglas Mallette said...

Norman - Why thank you my friend. :)

Jerry M. Weikle said...

The Allegory of the Cave (The Republic , Book VII) Plato.

Socrates
And now, I said, let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened:, Behold! human beings living in an underground den, which has a mouth open towards the light and reaching all along the den; here they have been from their childhood, and have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move, and can only see before them, being prevented by the chains from turning round their heads. Above and behind them a fire is blazing at a distance, and between the fire and the prisoners there is a raised way; and you will see, if you look, a low wall built along the way, like the screen which marionette players have in front of them, over which they show the puppets.

Glaucon
I see.

Socrates
And do you see, I said, men passing along the wall carrying all sorts of vessels, and statues and figures of animals made of wood and stone and various materials, which appear over the wall? Some of them are talking, others silent.

Glaucon
You have shown me a strange image, and they are strange prisoners.

Socrates
Like ourselves, I replied; and they see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave?

Glaucon
True, he said; how could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?

Socrates
And of the objects which are being carried in like manner they would only see the shadows?

Glaucon
Yes, he said.

Socrates
And if they were able to converse with one another, would they not suppose that they were naming what was actually before them?
And suppose further that the prison had an echo which came from the other side, would they not be sure to fancy, when one of the passers-by spoke that the voice which they heard came from the passing shadow?


Glaucon
No question, he replied.

Socrates
To them, I said, the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images.

Glaucon
That is certain.

Socrates
And now look again, and see what will naturally follow if the prisoners are released and disabused of their error. At first, when any of them is liberated and compelled suddenly to stand up and turn his neck round and walk and look towards the light, he will suffer sharp pains; the glare will distress him, and he will be unable to see the realities of which in his former state he had seen the shadows; and then conceive some one saying to him, that what he saw before was an illusion, but that now, when he is approaching nearer to being and his eye is turned towards more real existence, he has a clearer vision,, what will be his reply? And you may further imagine that his instructor is pointing And when to the objects as they pass and requiring him to name them, will he not be perplexed? Will he not fancy that the shadows which he formerly saw are truer than the objects which are now shown to him?

Glaucon
Far truer.

Socrates
And if he is compelled to look straight at the light, will he not have a pain in his eyes which will make him turn away to take refuge in the objects of vision which he can see, and which he will conceive to be in reality clearer than the things which are now being shown to him?

Glaucon
True, he said.

Socrates
And suppose once more, that he is reluctantly dragged up a steep and rugged ascent, and held fast until he is forced into the presence of the sun himself, is he not likely to be pained and irritated? When he approaches the light his eyes will be dazzled, and he will not be able to see anything at all of what are now called realities?


The arguements and questions of humanity are not new....but echoing throughout antiquity. Aye, even Percy, intuitively, recognized this.

Norman Copeland said...

A decent offering squire, my own recorded effort of such ''speaketh of regolith'...

Perhaps homer's 'Illiad' has persuits tamed not of they...

Jerry M. Weikle said...

Douglas, today over on the New York Times I was reading "When the Economy Really Did 'Fall Off a Cliff'" by Jean Strouse, 03/22/09.

One could argue a simularity between Palpatine and J. Pierpont Morgan and Roosevelt and Count Dooku. That being power struggles to control the financial institutions and prevent economic collapse.

Just as Senator Palpatine was giving his speech to establish an "Empire", the other Senators were "cheering and clapping in support"...in the fictional galaxy far, far, away.

The national-sociolists supporting Hitler.
The republicans and democrates supporting Roosevelt and Churchill. And the communists supporting Stalin. Closer to home in the 30's and 40's.

History, often repeats every few generations, with simular political arguements.

Look at the Morgan Stanley Dean Witter (1998 to 2005), the tech-stock bubble bursting, 9/11---a predicessor of AIG and the Government Bailouts. If it wasn't enought that the "Twin Towers" fell, in a way to destroy the financial stability of the world in 2001, then the financial-WMD that is occuring rocks the entire world.

In summation, paraphasing Buffet there are three focuses and that is ultimately "win the economic war". Whereas Padme and the Jedi's arguement "prevent the downfall of the Republic into Palpatines 'Empire'; at all costs."

Dan Merlin said...

well, this is my first visit to your blog, and my last. how you could say Obama has any culpability in the mess bush made over the last eight years, tells me something about you and your outlook on things. maybe you, bush, and that retard Cheney can go start your own country, and let the world hate you the way bush made them hate us.Let us not forget, how much better off we would be now, had all that money that bush sent to Iraq had stayed at home. P.S. I apologize to mentally impaired individuals for comparing them to Dick Cheney.

Dan Merlin said...

You were probably a Palin supporter....

Norman Copeland said...

And thats why we have democracy Dan, because without people like you we would have communism.

Douglas Mallette said...

Dan Merlin - Don't let the door hit you on the way out. I don't have time for people who don't read the articles completely, or even read more than one article to base their judgement of me.

If you notice, I bashed both sides, because they all suck. And for you to stop reading this blog because of only ONE article shows me that you are a close minded man without the ability to disagree on one subject without jumping to the conclusion that you must disagree with them all. How grown up of you.

Anonymous said...

There is a real empire that owns politicians, runs countries and answers to no one, it is the central banking cartels. Monetary reform, retsoring sound money, repealing the Fedral Reserve Act of 1913 would be the start of a long war. For it is the banks and their political influence that creates the geopolitical environmnet that falsely generates fear and as a result, steers change. But with the desire to change comes the opportunity for government to overpromise, overstep their boundaries and responsibility to the people and facilitate laws which benfit their corporate/banking sponsors.

Banking is the darkest secret of all, they create famine, wars, opposing political ideologies and parties, and their acts erased from history. Because a world devided, is a world in turmoil, and turmoil creates opportunity for the select few that stand to profit from debt...the morally corrupt banking masters of the world.

However, the crushing pressure of debt is being felt around the world. People will not take much more, they simply can not. I fear the global pyramid scheme is coming to the end and all the profit that can be had from it, depleated. But what happens when all the world currency you own has value, a billion people with no hope or political influence take to the streets to voice their last act of desperation...you also own the world's armies....