First off, the absolute horror to be pinned solely on a lone, deranged nut job, whose name I won’t even mention, and who deserves swift biblical justice according to the Law of God, cannot be “blamed” on anything other than a mental cart that came unhinged. My heart sank all weekend. For support for the victims, the churches of that community are there and have already reached out in large numbers. In fact, one story showed prayer groups forming from many of the Christian survivors. There may be places to offer financial support, but I have not seen them yet.
I like talk radio. I have been listening to Rush Limbaugh since around 1992 in Pensacola, Florida. I also like Batman (I was a comics geek once). Needless to say, my two fourteen year old twin boys were pumped about the newest enstallment, Dark Knight Rises. The main villian in this movie, who reminded me of Humongous, “the warrior of the wasteland, the ayatollah of rock and roll’a”, from The Road Warrior, is named, “Bane.” He’s one mean villian.
Well, recently, Rush, before the nightmare of Aurora, Colorado, noted that Bane sounds like Bain, as in “Bain Capitol”, Romney’s old business venture. And, with that, he stated that perhaps the Democrats (“the Dems” or “Libs”) might use that suggestively to note the connection: Bain/Bane baaadd. Obama/Batman goood. Well, that didn’t quite happen, although, according to Rush, it was planned. But, no one had seen the movie yet.
Rush explained, “My point yesterdaywasn’t talking about the comic book creators. I was talking about Hollywood, the people who market the movie, who determine when it’s gonna be released. So you’ve got the villain named Bane. We know that Obama is doing everything he can to discredit Bain. For crying out loud, folks, get this. The Democrats are attacking Mitt Romney over layoffs made by an Obama bundler! A steel company in Kansas City laid off a bunch of people in 2001. Bain ran the place.
Romney was not there in 2001.
He left in 1999.
The Democrats and Obama are running around claiming that Romney laid off all these people. Romney wasn’t there. The irony is that the guy running Bain Capital at the time in 2001 who laid off all these people, is now a bundler and fundraiser for Obama. So they’re blaming Romney for something that happened when he wasn’t there that was done by an Obama fundraiser. So they will do anything to keep Bain in the news, and all I was trying to say yesterday was that the Democrats are gonna take the occasion of this movie…
By the way, this did not occur to me in independent thought.
I read stories two nights ago about how this was a plan the Democrats had: an attempt to link the character in the movie to Romney because it’s the same name phonetically: Bain. (It’s spelled differently in the movie: B-A-N-E.) And the Democrats are going to try to do that. Independently of the comic book creators, independently of the movie people. The movie people, what are the odds that they’re liberal Democrats and plan on doing whatever they can to elect Obama? Pretty good. You can’t find conservatives in Hollywood that either come out of the closet or are in positions of power anywhere.”
Got that? I did, when I first heard it. The Liberal Media, though, did not. They went nuts on this, charging that Rush was making the movie as about Romney and Obama, and that Bane really stood for Bain (when it was clear to any comic geek that Bane was created two decades ago – we’ll get to that later). Jon Stewart, who likened the character of Bane to Bain before Limbaugh did, was not ridiculed by Whoopi Goldberg on the View but Rush was: “Rush Limbaugh is claiming that the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, has a hidden agenda, a liberal plot to run Mitt Romney, to ruin Mitt Romney. To clear the record, Bane first appeared in Batman in January of 1993. The rough story outline was completed in 2008, which is quite before Romney got the nomination. So they would have to be pretty deep, psychic, to know that Romney was going to run and so that they should send the subliminal message of Bane being the bad guy. But to me, it’s kind of like the Teletubby, remember when they said that the Teletubby was gay? It’s Batman, fool!” The “they” she is referring to was, of course, Jerry Falwell.
Now, what’s hilarious in this is that Bane’s creator is a staunch conservative. “In an exlusive interview he pointed out that he and collaborator Graham Nolan created the “Bane” character in 1992, [Chuck] Dixon told Schnitt, “Graham and I are both staunch conservatives, so from our angle, there’s no liberal agenda. I’m a life-long right-wing extremist.”
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Get that? Once this came out, well, all hell broke loose again in the Liberal media. This time, in the different direction. “Now, the critics ripped it to shreds because it’s not all what the critics hoped or thought it was going to be. The bad guy in the movie is an Occupy Wall Street type. The bad guy in the movie named Bane actually captures the 1% in Gotham, the wealthiest 1%, and puts them on trial and tries to take away everything they’ve got. He demonizes them. It’s along the lines of what’s happening in the American political system today, the 1% being demonized. This villain, he’s got an ulterior motive. He’s gonna blow the whole town up after he does all this. Nobody’s gonna be left standing. The 1% are just his vehicle to get where he wants to go. It really is right on the money, folks” (source).
I saw the movie last night with my boys. Loonggg movie. But, it is painfully clear that Rush’s comment above is dead on target. Bane is an Occupier. In fact, on the Schnitt Show (WFLA Tampa, 970 AM), Chuck Dixon called in and said, ““My understanding is that Bane is more of an Occupy Wall Street type. Romney is more like Bruce Wayne.”
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Amazing, huh? And, what has been the reaction from the Liberal media reviews of the movie? Panned. Don’t see it. Rotten Tomatoes had to shut down the comments. Bane is like the occupiers, Batman, the rich Bruce Wayne, is the hero who lays down his life to save the city and its people. Government stands on their ass in the movie. I liked it. The boys liked it. And, then I couldn’t help but feeling throughout the movie the events in Aurora. I think everyone there was thinking the same thing. But, there was applause at the end of the movie (a packed AMC theater). A lone nut case was not gonna stop us.
However, I saw it coming immediately when the news broke: gun control. Obama and Romney, rightly so, took a break from the ads and political mudslinging this weekend. But, when it revs up, will it mean a revving of the old gun ban platform for Obama? Well, depends on who you read. The Washington AP say probably not. Obama issued that he supports the Second Admendment. So does Romney (http://news.yahoo.com/calls-gun-control-stir-little-support-132319718.html). Yet, CNN reports that is will open up the debate (http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/20/us/colorado-gun-control-debate/index.html). Also, CBS (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57476737-503544/gun-control-debate-returns-after-colorado-shooting/). Here’s one quote from that article: “”The shooter should be brought to justice and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York, a Democrat whose husband was killed in a mass shooting on a train, said Friday morning. “But we as a nation should also not continue to ignore avenues to prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future.” Hear that? Prevention. And who and what is gonna prevent it? Bane. Bane and “martial law”, which he enacts in Gotham. Only Bane’s men had guns, and he ran the show. Revolution based on Socialism always leads to tyranny.
Prevention and the Sovereignty of God. There was one line in the movie that really caught my attention. Bane, when crushing a rich insider (who thought he was on Bane’s team), was asked, “Who are you?” His answer was clear: “I am necessary evil.” Then he broke his neck. Revolution rises. Ideals have consequences and bad ideas rise and take over when good ideas are watered down and not defended, and when good ideas are taken advantage of and not defended, bad ideas rise and consume – which, in turn, the Good will rise….Dark Knight Rising. All in a neat God-caused and effected way. The good always wins. We are seeing it win in Aurora. However, the government may want to seize this moment to make a bad idea: we prevent things like this from happening. The Church needs to state back: no, you don’t have that kind of power. The audience spoke: we are still going to take our families to a movie. We can fare for ourselves, thanks. And, if that gun concealment law was ever lifted…..well….
Joel McDurmon, when I visited him in Atlanta last month, lead a Bible study in his house with a few other families. His text was 1 Samuel 13. The Philistines had enslaved the Israelites “and there was no smith in Israel, for the Philistines said, “lest they make for themselves spears and swords” (v.19). Uh huh. The first thing they took was their right to bear arms. Felons can’t bear arms, but law abiding citizens can. It’s a right. And Saul and Jonathan disobeyed the Philistines (v.22). They packed heat. I thought that was a tremendous point made by Joel. The Bible addresses contemporary issues because the Bible understands the universal problems of sin, tyranny, and death. They aren’t just spiritual issues. Sin affects the whole man. We saw that in Aurora. The Christian answer needs to be for the whole man and the whole life of man “in the world”. If not, bad ideas come creeping in and with bad ideas come bad policies and with bad policies that are against God’s law, necessary evil rises to check it, to painfully spell it out for you, in blood if necessary. Christianity isn’t just about “church”. It’s about all of life.