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. ;)