Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Batman = Bush?

Does Liking The Dark Knight mean I like George W. Bush's Presidency?

From the Wall Street Journal op-ed page, "What Bush and Batman Have in Common" by Andrew Klavan:

There seems to me no question that the Batman film "The Dark Knight," currently breaking every box office record in history, is at some level a paean of praise to the fortitude and moral courage that has been shown by George W. Bush in this time of terror and war. Like W, Batman is vilified and despised for confronting terrorists in the only terms they understand. Like W, Batman sometimes has to push the boundaries of civil rights to deal with an emergency, certain that he will re-establish those boundaries when the emergency is past.

And like W, Batman understands that there is no moral equivalence between a free society -- in which people sometimes make the wrong choices -- and a criminal sect bent on destruction. The former must be cherished even in its moments of folly; the latter must be hounded to the gates of Hell.

"The Dark Knight," then, is a conservative movie about the war on terror. And like another such film, last year's "300," "The Dark Knight" is making a fortune depicting the values and necessities that the Bush administration cannot seem to articulate for beans.

If Klavan is right, does enjoying The Dark Knight mean I approve of Bush's presidency?

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Of course, what separates Batman and Bush is one is fiction; the other just believes his fiction is true.

--Czobit

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