Shooting in Colorado: Defending The Dark Knight and Rush Limbaugh from the Jokers
It looks as though James Holmes—the gunman in the tragic shooting that killed 12 people during the new Batman movie showing at midnight in Colorado, was apparently a member of the ultra violent Black Bloc Occupy Movement. But to understand the scope of the violence it is important to examine the film Dark Knight Rises as a cultural activity of great importance, so important that Rush Limbaugh made some wild speculations just days before the tragedy of which he was heavily criticized.
In the film The Dark Night Rises the villain’s name is Bane leaving Rush Limbaugh to speculate that the producers of the newest Batman movie are subliminally attempting to steer millions of young pop culture movie fans against Mitt Romney in the upcoming presidential election. Limbaugh’s theory is rooted in the recent Obama attacks on Bain Capital where Romney was formerly employed. Obama using Bain Capital in a derogatory way to his communist leaning base sees wealthy people as vile, so the connection is intended to be derogatory. Limbaugh in the clip below theorizes that the film makers in Hollywood who are traditionally very progressive and overwhelmingly support Democratic candidates like Obama planned all along. Check out the clip for yourself.
The young lady in that clip exhibits wonderfully some of the modern problems that young people have with conservatives. Listening to her sarcastic statements, she is right, Bane was a comic book character that was invented a long time ago, and Christopher Nolan simply used the character with his own variation. Rush’s comments regarding a huge movie that will turn out millions upon millions of young people aged 18 to 30 all think the conservative talk show host is an out-of-touch wealthy snob who doesn’t understand comic books, are damaging.
What the young lady doesn’t know is that in the sinister world of politics, Rush is usually right. Such promotional exploits are common in politics, and in a presidential race where the stakes are very high, 9 times out of 10 Limbaugh is completely right, where the young people do not have the life experience or wisdom to see how the dots of life connect. Without question Obama will play on this situation by stating in a public speech that he knows something about comic book characters showing how hip he is, winning him thousands of young voters who are unsophisticated enough to vote for a president because he knows something about Batman and not what kind of political philosophy he lives by.
This is the trouble with politics—is that it’s disconnected from average everyday life. For Rush to stay on top of the political world, he has to read about a lot of very boring happenings going on around Washington D.C. There isn’t much time for movies, music, and television. With a lot of my Tea Party friends, they tend to read a lot of law books, statistical data, and history. They tend to lose touch with the fun aspects of modern culture, like epic movies and television.
I make a point to pay attention to the things that are happening at the local movie theater, and what is popular on television, because to me, these things are thermometers of society’s temperature. I can see why Rush would belittle popular culture because he gets frustrated that more people don’t pay close attention to politics. But many people are just turned off by it, because they don’t understand how it directly affects them. Yet when they are older they will become Rush Limbaugh listeners once they learn a thing or two and become wiser human beings.
Currently I enjoy watching MasterChef with my wife on Fox. I do not see MasterChef as a waste of time. I find it as an exercise of capitalism at it’s finest. The best chefs compete against each other to make food—something every human being is interested in. Gordon Ramsey brings a sense of excellence to the show that is pure capitalism. I look at Gordon Ramsey and Richard Branson of the various Virgin companies as being two of the reasons England has moved away from socialism and more toward capitalism. Currently, England is more of a capitalism country than America is—which is sadly pathetic. If MasterChef was set up as a work of communism or socialism, it would be extremely boring. For that matter so would the game of football. Without capitalism, a process of determining who the best is and putting the best team on the field to compete against other teams who have done the same, football would be boring. It would be more like soccer, where the forwards cannot get behind the full backs if a halfback lobs the ball deep down field. The offense is crippled by being regulated to staying behind the defense—which is stupid. That is socialism and that’s why soccer games are boring compared to American football.
In Nolan’s Batman films which Rush Limbaugh probably doesn’t know because he’s decided to place himself above popular culture and study political science–would notice that the villains in Batman are socialists, thugs, and anarchists. In this new Batman film Bane is the terrorist thug that could easily be compared to many of the coercive threats we see in the world around us who use fear to implement their distorted vision of reality. Also in this film is Catwoman who is a noticeable socialist, as she steals from the rich so she can have. In the previous Batman film the Joker was an unequivocal anarchist. But all along Batman is a mega capitalist, wealthy beyond belief and uses his vast wealth to fight crime.
The shooting that took place during one of the midnight showings ironically resembles very much the kind of character that Bane is in the new Batman film. Without question progressives will scream for more security to protect society from troubled people like the 24-year-old who dressed up in a mask and bullet proof vest to gun down innocent movie goers. They will want metal detectors, gun laws—less violence in films. Some may even blame the content of the Batman films themselves for putting into the mind of the young shooter the fantasy of killing over a dozen people for no particular reason while injuring over 50. The emotional pleas of the looters will like the comments of Rush Limbaugh speak with limited knowledge in an emotional argument.
One of the plot points of Dark Knight Rises is that stricter criminal laws do not protect society, and a life without the individual crime fighting efforts of Batman creates a culture that gives rise to villains like Bane. The youngster who decided he could enter a crowded movie theater with a gas canister and open fire into the audience is like Bane in that he knew he could prey on society who would not fire back at him. The shooter in the Dark Knight movie knew that he was superior to every other member of the audience by way of firepower, so he temporarily was the most dominant superior male which is a MAJOR concern for most men young and old alike. Men are measured in their minds by their pecking order behavior, so when other males are unarmed and one man is armed, the man with the gun is superior—artificially so, but superior none-the-less.
In movies, the story of Batman, The Dark Knight Rises is the egg, where society is the chicken. Desire for the murder of innocent people comes from a human fantasy, and stories like this latest Batman film reflect the dangers of those fantasies. The story is an artistic appraisal of our social circumstances. Art reflects the culture that produces it. This is why there was such a demand for The Dark Knight Rises to begin with and why there were millions of eager film goers ready to watch the film at midnight.
My answer to many things has labeled me among the most sensitive peers of our society as something to be feared. My most ardent critics have tried to designate me as a “loose cannon.” They have attempted to place me personally in the same category as the typical “lone wolf” candidate, which the shooter in this case will certainly fall under. His mother was aware of it as soon as the shooting happened, so the family was aware that this kid was a danger to society. I would say that people who consider themselves sheep are naturally afraid of wolves–those who are able to function alone. What they don’t understand is that there are different degrees of “lone wolf” types and I am certainly not the type who would terrorize others to achieve some unrealized fantasy.
The question is what the social reaction to violence should be–immediately after the shooting the looters of government were already lining up to play on people’s fears, to act as though they could save society with a new law, or by removing guns from society or attacking Tea Party types who want less intrusive government. Progressives fantasize that they could identify dangerous people like this Dark Knight shooter ahead of time, but they can’t and they never will. Ironically, the story of this particular Batman movie has the answer.
Nobody expects Batman to come into the theater to save the audience from the evil Banes of the world–the thugs, the terrorists, the radical anarchists who want to kill others to prop up their meaningless lives. But the sufferers were victims because they were unarmed and instead of fighting back when the danger happened they turned and ran away, which is the worst thing to do when facing an aggressive enemy. The answer is not to have a version of TSA in the movie theater as an overreaction to the emotional distress that is felt upon evidence of such violence. The 911 disaster happened with box cutters, and I know people who can do far more damage with their bare hands than with any knife, yet entire commercial aircraft were hijacked and deliberately rammed into the World Trade Center killing thousands with just a sharp edge. The TSA was a big government reaction to that disaster, which didn’t solve the problem; it simply advanced socialism in America. The solution with 911 would have been eliminate the threats on the planes, and if the people flying on those planes would have thought of it, they could have easily of overtaken the hijackers. Not without some death, but at a much less cost. And in the theater at the Batman film, the answer would have been 20 to 30 gun carrying movie goers standing up and killing the lone gunman.
We have the Second Amendment to protect us from terrorists like this gunman, and because government has inserted itself into the situation is why the entire audience got up and ran for the exit away from the gun fire which caused much more death as the gunman had no challenger in a theater of hundreds of people. The culture that has taught these film goers that there is safety in surrender is at fault. Many more died because people turned and ran instead of standing and fighting, and that is how people like this shooter James Holmes, presumably a member of the Black Bloc Occupy radicals made victims of so many innocent people. More on this line of thought can be seen here:
Because of this shooting there will need to be more investigation into the Black Bloc group, as they have shown themselves to be very dangerous. But in the case of Batman’s Dark Knight Rises, millions of fans confused about what the role of justice is in our modern life look to Batman to help them understand what they need to do to prevent the villains of these films from harming their lives. They look to Batman as their protector, as their spokesman for clarity. Or in the case of James Holmes, he identified with the Joker from the last film, as he was dressed as that character when the police arrested him. When it comes to movies, if the audience member likes the bad guys more than the good guys, which is the first indication that there is something deeply wrong with the individual viewing the story.
Government because it wants to be the center of attention wishes to be the protector of society. But because they have helped make a society of dependents, they leave those people open to random acts of violence by people like Holmes and groups like Black Bloc. The world of politics does not make much sense to young people who are sold mixed messages in popular culture. The images in the Batman films seem to make sense—that the individual must fight for their rights and defeat evil with courage. But outside of the movie theater they are told to run and to seek help from government. In this case the shooter Holmes was captured, his apartment booby-trapped and his mother knowing her son was a part of the killings was quick to say so.
Rush Limbaugh is a great talk show host because he can see things that are not so obvious to the average person. Unfortunately, he missed the point of Dark Knight Rises as he looked at the film from the lopsided scope of politics. The real message is one of hope, and the need for heroics against the terrorists of the world—from villains like Bane. In our current society the tempers are so volatile that fringe groups like Black Bloc wish to suppress any likeness to their assaults on capitalism by attacking popular culture messages like Dark Knight Rises so to snuff out the hope that such a film gives to the masses. Limbaugh knew there was more to the story and detected there was something amiss. He just assumed that it was literal politics, and not the more obscure battles found in the realm of art and entertainment.
James Holmes in his radical hatred and perverse desire for control took a gun into a crowded movie theater to show his dominance over an unarmed populace. The fans of the film were in that darkened theater to enjoy the fantasy of seeing clearly the acts of good versus evil in a society that is too many shades of gray. But reality visited them in the form of James Holmes masked as a terrorist right off the screen in the villain Bain, yet dressed as the dreaded Joker. The lesson is not to run and hide, or hope that the villain will have compassion and show mercy. Government was only there to pick up the criminal after the deaths, they could not stop it. Gun control laws, metal detectors, extra employees at the theater could not have stopped Holmes. Only a well armed population who knew how to use their weapons had the power to stop evil from spreading and ruining the lives of the innocent. Batman cannot save us in the darkened theaters of life, or in the light of day-to-day reality. Only we can save ourselves with a little help from Smith and Weston, and hollow tip bullets that could have ended the life of James Holmes in seconds, so the lives of over a dozen innocent lives could have went on. It is ultimately the point of a gun that the Jokers of terrorism fear most. The lack of a gun makes all of society a victim to the distortions of crazed lunatics and the fantasies of delusion.
If I were a conspiracy theorist—which I’m not, I’d suggest that this Colorado shooting was awfully convenient for the progressive fruit cakes that are trying to undo our nation. During this shooting story Rush Limbaugh was cast into a bad light, the influence of a very beloved film franchise came into question, and the question of gun laws is suddenly on everyone’s mind. Because of this shooting, Rush will have to mind carefully what he says, which progressives are desperate to see happen. Film studios will be forced to produce less violent action films and more stupid comedies. And politicians who support the Second Amendment will be tempted to keep their mouths shut while the new UN anti-gun bill comes to the United States for acceptance. The answer to the question if politicians are scum enough to stage such an event through direct or indirect means it is yes. But we don’t need to theorize on the backs of such a terrible tragedy. All Americans need to do to honor the slain is to continue listening to Rush Limbaugh, make sure to see Dark Knight Rises not just once, but multiple times, and be sure to tell your politicians that they better not even think of signing the United Nations Small Arms Treaty. Such an act is un-American. We need more guns, not less of them, because that is the only path to real safety. The enemy we must guard against is not the guy dressed up as the Joker. It’s the jokers who call themselves politicians looking out for our safety.