by Jennifer Bowman
I'd like to start off my article with a thought and a prayer for MaryEllen Locher's family. She remains in my childhood memories of watching the news, and as a fellow journalist, I must say that she influenced me in deciding my passion for news and reporting. She is in a better place and her affects in the community are set in stone. God be with the family.
Now then, in early May I was lucky enough to see Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith at its first showing at midnight. Upon seeing it again, I paid closer attention to the story and less attention to Hayden Christenson. I found seemingly strong resemblances between the liberal left and the Dark Side of the force.
Senator Palpatine was a prime example of pure, undoubted liberalism. He started his career off with promises of sympathy for mankind, and eventually became power-hungry and took control of the Republic, eventually turning it into an Empire and imposing his ideas of the Dark Side on the rest of the galaxy!
His conversations with pre-Vader Anakin Skywalker are ones exactly like I'd had with a few liberal friends of mine. Chancellor Palpatine insisted that good and evil were merely illusions - that the Dark side could not be considered "bad", but simply, different. He persuaded Anakin that great power could be accomplished from turning away from his Jedi ways, and embracing more points of view - he always made sure to make evil seem appealing and make good seem evil.
Certain dark characters also seem quite similar to famous liberals in the media. I would say the most comparable would be Jabba the Hut to Hillary Clinton.
I also saw resemblances between conservatives and the Jedi. The Jedi kept trying to fight for what was right throughout the entire movie, despite the government slowly turning into a tyrannical government with evil intentions. But the dark side managed to convince everyone that THEY were the evil ones through mass media, constant influential arguments - how familiar does this situation sound? Exactly.
The last thing we can learn from Star Wars involves one of the best characters in Star Wars history - Yoda and his very distinct similarities to George W. Bush. Just because you're short, and you talk funny, doesn't mean that you're not a wise, powerful Jedi.
May the force be with you.