Friday, May 29, 2009

Equilibrium and the mind of the liberal

SPOILER ALERT - SPOILER ALERT - SPOILER ALERT Warning: if you have any intention of watching this show, and do not want to read a spoiler, do not read on. I actually liked this movie. Here is the trailer before you go on:

I am drawing a comparison here to this movie that has helped me greatly understand the mind of a liberal. Or so I assume. But you know what happens when you do that. So they say. Before I get into my comparison, here is a brief synopsis of the movie from imdb:

Equilibrium is set in the futuristic, and dystopian city-state of Libria. The film explains how, in the early years of the 21st century, a devastating Third World War breaks out, the impact of which brings civilizations across the planet to their knees. After the war ends, world leaders fear that the human race cannot possibly survive a Fourth World War, and so set about building a new society which is free of conflict.

Believing that human emotion is responsible for man's inhumanity to man, the new leaders ban all materials deemed likely to stimulate strong emotions, including art, music, and literature. These materials are rated "EC-10" for "emotional content" (a reference to the MPAA film rating system), and are typically destroyed by immediate incineration. Furthermore, all citizens of Libria are required to take regular injections, called "intervals," of a liquid drug called Prozium, collected at the distribution centers known as "Equilibrium".

So, to stop the violence and the bloodshed the ruling party put into place a drug (Prozium) that strips everyone of all emotion. The theory is, that without emotion, there can be no envy, no violence, no racism and no hate. Everyone gets along. Sounds like Utopia right? Well, to a liberal it might. Here is where I find the comparison. Liberals believe that what they do is for the good of everyone. They think that by over controlling someone they are helping them. However by taking this Prozium they not only lost all of the bad emotions, but they also lost all of the good. Joy, hope, and love. They became emotionless automatons moving about their lives in a wide awake robotic state.

Now, I am going to show this applies to today's world. Think I am stretching? Maybe. Lets see.

How about laws to force charity? That possibly can’t happen, can it? Well, yes, liberals love this idea of a global poverty tax actually. What’s not to like? Everyone likes charity right? Helping out your fellow man. I know I do. I give when I can.
The problem I have with that it is forced. When forced into something it becomes a yoke. A collar. Not something you did out of the good of your heart. Eventually you resent and chafe against being forced into doing something that you would have done anyway.

Another comparison is Universal Healthcare. Our healthcare system while far from perfect is not horrible. Everyone loves the idea of UHC. Health care for EVERYONE. Utopia once again? Possibly, but you might want to look in to how it eventually ends up working. Or this beauty of a idea from Tom Daschle who was at one time Barack Obama’s pick for HHS Secretary:

The goal, Daschle’s book explained, is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept “hopeless diagnoses” and “forgo experimental treatments,” and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.

Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.

Liberals would love nothing more than for us to lay down and accept their good judgment for us. They do not understand why we resist. They only assumption they can draw is that we are uncaring and spiteful. They do not understand the value that we place upon our freedom. This freedom was bought with blood, and lives. I for one, do not want to sit idly by, and watch it get legislated away.

Maybe I am crazy for seeing the controlling fascist force in this movie as the liberals in our government today. I really hope I that I am. I am scared to death however that I am right.