Saturday, November 26, 2005

THE REPUBLIC OF OLD

Editor's note,
By Brandon

For some reason I never read the George Lucas novelization of the original STAR WARS (Episode IV: A New Hope), so when my best friend handed me a dog-eared copy of the paperback, and told me to read it carefully, I was amazed by two things.

First, I got the distinct impression that George Lucas had no idea that STAR WARS would become such a successful phenomonon. In other words, the STAR WARS franchise was an accident, a mere afterthought, initiated only by the success of the 1977 film.

This becomes obvious, when you read the original, novelized prologue, which differs in meaningful ways from the cinematic franchise, the most important difference being the nature and motives of "President" Palpatine, who becomes"Supreme Chancellor" Palpatine in the movies. Note that in the movies, Chancellor Palpatine, is in full control, using and discarding those who are helpful to him in his obsessive quest for power. In the novelization, however, President Palpatine is isolated and dominated by the people who brought him to power.

What a wonderful analogy for our current situation in Washington.

For all intents and purposes, George W. Bush is a dry drunk who is less influenced by his family, friends, and basic, common sense, than he is by the Radical Right Wing Christians and reactionary neocons who helped him achieve his "recovery." Why if you didn't know better, you'd think that certain "ambitious" indviudals decided to groom (some might say manipulate) the psychologically crippled son of a former president and then used him for their repressive, un-American agenda.

That said, the original version of the prologue (given below) sounds as if it could have been written in 2003 or 2004. The similarities between it and the political landscape in the United States today are truly frightening.

Please allow me to present the original prologue to the George Lucas novelization of STAR WARS.);

ANOTHER GALAXY, another time

The Old Republic was the Republic of legend, greater than distance or time. No need to note where it was or whence it came, only top know that....it was the Republic.

Once, under the wise rule of the Senate and the protection of the Jedi Knights, the Republic throve and grew. But as often happens, when wealth and power pass beyond the admirable and attain the awesome, then appear those evil ones who have greed to match.

So it was with the Republic at its height. Like the greatest of trees, able to withstand any internal attack, the Republic rotted from within though the danger was not visible from outside.

Aided and abetted by restless, power-hungry individuals within the government, and the massive organs of commerce, the ambitious Senator Palpatine caused himself to be elected President of the Republic. He promised to reunite the disaffected among the people and to restore the remembered glory of the Republic.

Once secure in office he declared himself Emperor, shutting himself away from the populace. Soon he was controlled by the very assistants and boot-lickers he had appointed to high office, and the cries of the people for justice did not reach his ears.

Having exterminated through treachery and deception the Jedi Knight's, guardians of justice in the galaxy, the Imperial governors and bureaucrats prepared to institute a reign of terror among the disheartened worlds of the galaxy. Many used the imperial forces and the name of the increasingly isolated Emperor to further their own personal ambitions.

But a small number of systems rebelled at these new outrages. Declaring themselves opposed to the New Order they began the great battle to restore the Old Republic.

From the beginning they were vastly outnumbered by the systems held in thrall by the Emperor. In those first dark days it seemed certain the bright flame of resistance would be extinguished before it could cast the light of new truth across a galaxy of oppressed and beaten peoples.

From the First Saga
Journal of the Whills



From STAR WARS
by George Lucas
1976 Del Ray/Ballantine Books
The Star Wars Corporation

8 comments:

dragonfly915 said...

what has this got to do with the current presidency? George W. Bush has in no way shape or form overstepped his power. Maybe you should spend less time coming up with clever sarcasm and more time researching ORIGINAL SOURCES for actual facts. All your comments tell me is that you are all very angry and bitter people who don't really have anything to say.

Rhino-itall said...

"repressive, un-American agenda"
please cite some examples. do you mean the unbelievable spending on programs that don't work? do you mean the incredibly lax border situation? i agree that these are unamerican. is that what you're talking about?

BEAST said...

I actually wrote about George Bush being tortured by ETs last year, and I did mention about the "dry-drunk" syndrome as exhibited by His Highness Emperor Bush numerous times.

You might find this dialogue quite funny:

http://cyclops686.blogspot.com/2005/09/dialogue-between-et-american-president.html

By the way, this is a very informative site. Keep it up, fellow infidels.

Regards
The Beast

Princess Leia said...

Governor Dragonfly, I should have expected to find you holding Rhino's leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board...The tighter you squeeze the more worlds that will slip through your fingers.

Kelli here by the way.

brian said...

RE "George W. Bush has in no way shape or form overstepped his power."

The fact that anyone could say this with a straight face reveals a basic contempt for American Representative government. Don't wonder why some of us out here think the Republican party has a basic contempt for the Constitution and the democratic process.

Rhino-itall said...

brian, please some examples. in fact give me ONE example. you're so vague. what do u mean? are you talking about going to war? you know the war that congress voted for? are you talking about the patriot act? you know the patriot act that congress voted for? please, tell me what you mean, because i don't see it.

brian said...

You asked how I could say that the Bush Administration has made a mockery out of Representative government. I'd ask the opposite question. How HASN'T it?

You mentioned one example yourself--the Patriot Act. I know, I know, this abomination was a product of the united States Congress, but who controls the Congress? And before you say that Democrats voted for the Patriot Act too, I would ask YOU to provide at least ten occasions on which Bush has openly campaigned against the Patriot Act on the grounds that it is a threat to our civil liberties. I don't think ten occasions is asking for too much. He's been in office for nearly five years. If he's the freedom-loving savior that you seem to think he is, he must have, at SOME point, offered something more than mere lip service about privacyand civil liberties. Oh. I'm sorry. I forgot. You CAN'T do that, because Bush has openly supported both, Patriot Acts I and II. He TALKS (on occasion) about freedom but then (on a regular basis) promotes policies which LIMIT freedom or make a mockery out of freedom.

At the same time, this Administration has turned secrecy into an art form. Why did Bush II refuse to release records from the Reagen -Bush 1Administrations? Those record were supposed to be released a couple of years ago, but that didn't happen, did it? Why does the Administration refuse to release transcripts of meetings between Cheney and Oil Company executives? Is this for purposes of national security, or to conceal potentially embarrassing and/or illegal activities? We may never know, but in Cheney's case the answer is truly ironic. We need to protect the vice President's privacy, his client-attorney privileges. Would that this gang had the same concern for the American people.

Taken together, this obsession with secrecy and restrictions on our civil liberties reveals a basic contempt for Representative government.

Unless someone changed the rules of basic democracy, the American people are supposed to have easy access to their leaders, to their government.. But the Bush administration has turned this on its head. Instead of giving the American PEOPLE easy access to a clean, open, and transparent GOVERNMENT, the Bush Administration wants to give the GOVERNMENT easy access to the private lives of the American PEOPLE. Just how does this embrace representative government?

This dove tails nicely into allegations of secret courts, secret tribunals, and, now, secret CIA torture chambers in Poland and Roumania, etc. Which reminds me, our staunch ally, Jolly Old England, is not too amused by the fact that we've been using British Airports to transport unknown suspects to their place of torture.

Sometimes I wonder who this administration represents--the American people or a select group of sexual sadists and closet psychopaths.

Brandon said...

Brian wasn’t complaining about the CIA per se. He was complaining about secret courts, secret tribunals, and the use of torture; points which you failed to answer. So I shall repeat Brian’s main point. Just how do secret courts, secret tribunals and the use of torture promote Representative government? Historically speaking, torture is something we associate with Fascist and Communist regimes, certainly not the United States of America. I really wish someone would explain how sick, twisted, perversions like sexual sadism and sociopathy promote democratic values.

Nor did you answer Brian’s other talking point. The Bush administration really does have the formula backwards. Instead of giving the American people a right to investigate an open and transparent government, the Bush Administration wants to give the government the right to investigate the private lives of the American people. How does that reflect well on representative government? It doesn’t.

Nice try though; I was especially tickled by the way you used lesser wrong doings on the parts of Democrats to distract attention from even greater wrong doings on the parts of Republicans. But it doesn’t wash. When Bill Clinton lied about his proverbial “blow job”( as you so colorfully put it), we didn’t lose 2100 soldiers in a war of choice. And judging from the way you boys obsess over lesbians over on that drooling toga party that you laughingly call a blog, I somehow suspect that you don’t have too many problems with fellatio, cunnilingus, or anal sex. And since you refuse to condemn sexual sadism and sociopathy….

But since you think that hiding the historical record from the American people is a good thing, and since you seem to think that censorship in the form of secrecy is a small "d" democratic value, thing, I’m sure you won’t mind if I act on your implied suggestion


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Brandon Alexander Geraghty-MacKenzie