So I went to a midnight showing of The Avengers last night (I will get a glowing review out, but I need to see it at least once more before I do so). Great movie! Witty, fun, moving…Joss Whedon at his best. Not that this stopped the snobs at the New York Times from not too subtely suggesting that Loki’s evil is preposterous and ridiculous overblown character (despite the very valid comparison Whedon makes between Loki and every tyranny in history. “There are always men like you.” Although even I will admit it’s hard nailing down Whedon’s politics from his shows–you have the liberal conception of the evil corporation in Angel and Dollhouse but a hyper libertarianism in Firefly with that individualism only slightly toned down in Buffy). It also seem to suggest that the only real sheeple out there are the people who could enjoy a movie like The Avengers (I’m sure it’s the not to0 thin layer of patriotism throughout the movie that most offened the hacks over at the Times). But I realized that the New York Times movie review find this character overblown…because to admit that such rhetoric was the rhetoric of tyrants and petty dictators throughout history would mean that they might have to actually look to see if there were any modern politicians who might be saying similar things. Loki says he comes to free people from that burdonsom chore of freedom, which sadly there are people who would actually applaud that being forced on society.
So, to show you that Loki’s quotes aren’t that overblown (although much better written as Whedon was behind them) let’s compare Loki to a modern day politician…oh, let’s say…Obama.
Guess who said each line.
On being an individual:
“Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It’s the unspoken truth of humanity, that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life’s joy in a mad scramble for power, for identity.”
On your friends:
On respect for individualism:
On understanding the nature of liberty:
“And so we must realize that the freedoms FDR once spoke of – especially freedom from want and freedom from fear – do not just come from deposing a tyrant and handing out ballots; they are only realized once the personal and material security of a people is ensured as well.”
On understanding you’re being superior to those around you and that the sheeple need to be ruled:
On underestimating their opponents:
On understanding your value as person:
The good news to all of this is we’re not stuck with Barry forever. What does Obama have to fear? Let’s do a headcount. You have the impassioned crusader, Darrell Issa. You the economic and budget genius, Paul Ryan. You have the rising star, Marco Rubio. You have the next President of the United States, Mitt Romney. And you have the entire thinking portion of the American public. And Obama has managed to piss off all of them.