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) and 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 to 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 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.
My thoughts, on all of Loki’s speeches, exactly.
When a President who has never cared about states rights before (trying to force Obamacare down the throats of the entire country, regardless of whether they wanted it or not) starts saying he won’t pass federal laws for something because it needs to be dealt with at the state level…you know something fishy is going on.
So when Obama starts saying things like
Now, part of the reason that DOMA doesn’t make sense is that traditionally marriage has been decided by the states.
I start getting a little twitchy.
(Though I actually agree with that statement, damn him. I do think it should be a state’s rights issue, mostly because our federal government is too damn big in the first place.) (Full transcript of the speech here.)
Because he’s dodging the issue. He won’t deal with it honestly and he won’t tell us how he really feels. He’s never cared about state’s rights before, as I already said, so he wouldn’t really care if should be state or federal. He has a track record of letting the federal government run rough shod over state’s rights, why should this be any different?
I will tell you why.
Because his support of the gay community is only as deep as our pocket books and our voting numbers.
One of the commenters on the Autostraddle article about this speech said that “There are murmurings that he’s saving a marriage endorsement/even legislation for his second term and that this campaigning is a kind of wink to the lgbt community like, “Get me in again, guys, and I’ll help you out”.”
Yeah, maybe that’s what he’s trying. But if he hasn’t been willing to actually stand for what he, supposedly, believes in this term then what makes you think he will stand for it anymore the second term? And if he really doesn’t care about gay rights (which is becoming my theory more and more every day) then the second he doesn’t need the money, votes and goodwill of the gay community (i.e. If he gets elected for a second term. After that he has nothing to lose, he won’t need our goodwill because he can’t get elected again anyway.) he’ll dump us in the garbage like last week’s newpaper.*
The sad thing is, I actually hate to bitch the President out over this. He’s finally supporting state’s rights, he’s finally putting on the brakes of the massive behemoth that is our federal government…and I would love to support that. I just don’t believe he’s doing it for the right reasons, and the right thing for the wrong reasons doesn’t make him less of a smarmy, slimy politician. In fact, it just makes him worse.
*Yes, I put newspaper in the garbage. I don’t recycle, so sue me. My apartment complex doesn’t have a bin for recycling.