V is for Vendetta

V for Vendetta did not have liberal overtones rather it contained libertarian overtones. True, there were moments that hinted at relevant topics of the day, but what more can we expect from Hollywood? The Wachowski brothers are adamant Libertarians and this movie is filled with that perspective. This is primarily evident with a definitive fear of governmental over intrusion into the daily lives of the characters.

The movie has very extreme situations for the loss of civil liberties between people being “black bagged” for being homosexual and a government truck roaming the streets listening in on people’s conversations. It does ring true that we, as Republicans, should be more reflective as we pass legislation similar to the patriot act. What we need to concern ourselves with is what is too much?The central focus of the movie is whether the ends justify the means. Coincidentally, that does relate to the War on Terror. Although, the war on terror is a primary focus and of the greatest importance to the President, we need to be more reflective to whether the steps taken by this government are truly for the benefit of this people. Over the past few weeks I have become wearier as I see current trend in our government. I have become weary as a result of the lack of fiscal responsibility and the arrogance for which this government has conducted itself over the past 5 years. I must call myself a hypocrite because in 2004 I loved the president for his perceived arrogance, his determination to do what is right and good, but now it seems that those characteristics will be the downfall of his legacy and that of the Republican congress that stands with him.

Do understand that I do not think the Democrats would do a better job. Frankly, I fear that they would aggravate the problems rather than alleviate. On the other hand, these characteristics may just be his salvation to his presidency. The president has had resounding poll numbers when he addresses the nation directly and less than stellar when he does not. Frankly, he has accomplished more in the first five years of his presidency than most do in eight years and it is time he starts telling the public about it. I recommend he take the next year and a half and run a campaign to save his legacy. Ultimately, I want to see a high school named after him and his face on the $3 bill.

He could easily save his presidency and more importantly, the Republican Party by talking to the nation. Every night when I turn on Special Report with Brit Hume, I want to hear about his stop in another state. When President Bush becomes the president that listens to the people, he will become the greatest threat to Democrats that the Republicans could have. The greatest aspect to this plan is that it allows the President to circumvent the media and their bias against him and go straight to the public.

With regard to the President’s domestic policies on the War on Terror, I look forward to the day that legislation such as the patriot act is not necessary. Furthermore, I hope that at that time we are able to understand that it is no longer necessary to the security of our nation. Until such time, I will support it, but do not let us lose the sight of what makes us American…our freedom.

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  • TogaMan

    Just curious, but wasn’t this post supposed to be about the movie V for Vendetta, not a diatribe about the President?

    Was the movie good? Did it entertain? Were the effects outstanding? Were the performances good?

    Sure, it’s valid to make the comments about how the movie might or might not paralell what’s going on today. But I was kind of hoping for something more than yet another political diatribe.

    It would be nice, just once, to read a blog that isn’t loaded with kneejerk Liberal or kneejerk Conservative twits. Pick a topic, write a post, and stick to theme. It can’t be that hard. Well, okay, maybe it is for morons.

  • Jeff Smith

    Whoah … somebody needs an AP Styleguide. Does Oregon Catalyst have a proofreader? It’s nice to see such a diverse blog with many authors, but this one makes me want to sing the Sesame Street “One of these things is not like the other” song.

  • Oh, I don’t know… The post is eclectic but so is life…

    I think you are dead wrong about GWB’s policies. The ‘weariness” you express is what some of us have been experiencing for at least the last three years if not the last five. 9-11 permanently ‘unhinged” some people, which upset a mostly unseen balance of power inside the larger government, including its myriad cops and spooks…

    GWB’s world view is simplistic. Madeleine Albright wrote an excellent short essay in the LA Times:

    “Good Versus Evil Isn’t a Strategy”


    As some of us have said all along, winning the war in Iraq – or by extension anywhere in the Middle East – is easy. Winning the peace is probably impossible. 50 years ago Nasser sneered “Egypt is the only Arab Nation. The others are tribes with flags.” Nothing has changed, and until it does we are wasting our money and blood.

    Nor do I buy the idea we are defeating international terrorism by wearing down terrorism in Iraq. “International terror” isn’t a cohesive organization but rather a collection of loosely confederated axe-grinders. We were attacked by a bunch of rich Saudis financed by a man whose family became fabulously wealthy in Saudi Arabia servicing the needs of the oil industry… Right alongside Halliburton…

    So we go after Afghanistan and Iraq… NW Republican has a good piece on the controversy surrounding religious laws pertaining to converts in Afghanistan:

    “If this man dies, we must get out”


    We can spend the next hundred years over there throwing out bastards… Who will be replaced by bastards… Who will in turn become our new enemies, just as the new government in Iraq will, almost certainly, as soon as we disengage.

    It’s just not worth it, and it isn’t worth even the appearance of the loss of civil liberties – appearances in this are so important. Liberty is a mindset; it doesn’t matter how many Constitutional guarantees there are, if they aren’t respected and jealously guarded they don’t exist.

    Oh well. At least there is a good chance that no matter what the shrub does from now on his slide, and the slide of the neoconservative movement in general, will be irreversible.

    The next election will tell much.

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