The Plot for American PoliticsPosted: October 20, 2016
I’ve been scratching my head quite a bit (perhaps due to hair loss) trying to figure out what’s going on with American politics. Then, last night, it finally occurred to me.
Whomever is scripting the thing is a fan of Jim Carrey movies!
I mean, here are the titles of some of the movies which I think apply the most to what I’ve seen over the past few months.
- Dumb and Dumber
- Liar Liar
- Yes Man
- The Mask
- Kick Ass
- The Truman Show
Dumb and Dumber (1994) is exceptional because it even has a sequel “Dumb and Dumber To”. That one really gets me because the first movie was such an amazingly unbelievable premise, that I just kind of stared at the screen dumb founded at what I was watching, but unable to pull myself away. Then, it was followed up 20 years later by the same shenanigans. So far I’ve managed to resist and not watch the sequel. It was amazing to see that it was made, and every time I saw the trailer I thought, ‘What? Did these guys have children who are reprising the roles of their parents?”, but no, it was the same guys again.
Liar Liar… Well, they are aspiring politicians. Only, in the Jim Carrey movie, the protagonist always has a heart of gold, love wins out, and everything is alright. But really, doesn’t it even bother people how much absolute falsehoods are thrown about during these elections. I don’t mean the typical bending of the truth, I mean absolute fabrications and denials of ‘facts’. In this age of Twitter, WikiLeaks, and cells phones on every corner, it’s becoming harder and harder to hide from the manufactured truth.
Yes Man. There’s nothing extraordinary about Yes Man in terms of the movie, other than the title. I mean isn’t it obvious. The candidates are surrounded by apologists, supporters, and frankly “Yes Men”. That’s how they’re goaded on and enabled in whatever actions they take. There’s always someone standing by ready to support their actions with a hearty heart felt “Yes sir/mam! You’re absolutely right!”. Although, the opposite also seems true in the current election cycle as one candidate has had a stream of supporters abandon his missteps while his most fervent supporters are still saying “Yes!”. It’s kind of like when the Sith lord is telling Luke Skywalker (in a slow slithery voice) “yeesssss….. Feel the power of the dark side coursing through you…”
The Mask – Well, this one is too obvious, just like Yes Man. Who are we really? We all are trying to hide something. The power of the mask is to amplify who we really are. In most recent weeks, due to the amplification power of modern media, and digital archives, we’ve been able to see who our candidates really are. One of them turns out to be this horn dog monster of a character who thinks “there’s always time for one last kiss!”. The other’s true self is almost overwhelmed by access to power, but really means well.
Kick Ass 2 – I’ve never seen this one, but the synopsis seems to be in keeping with our troubled politicians. Basically someone is trying to do good, but the nasty villain keeps rearing their ugly head at inopportune times. In this case, the villain might be in the form of foreign powers. Just as we are trying to reap the rewards of the end of the cold war, they just keep showing up to ruin our basking in the flow of our own importance.
The Truman Show – This one, more than any of the others, really does put things in perspective. In 1998, this movie was about a guy who grows up in a false reality. This movie predates survivor by 2 years, and “The Apprentice” by 10, so I’ll call it the first true reality show. It’s the ultimate in voyeurism. A guy who grows up, owned by a corporation, and knows no truths other than those that are within his little bubble of existence. The whole world is in on the joke, except Truman himself. This has so many parallels to where we are and where we’re headed. I have no doubt there will be a reality show about getting to the presidency. All emails, all contacts, all meetings, will be recorded and broadcast as we follow our “candidates” as they race towards their date with destiny, and the chance to serve the American people. The ultimate politician will simply be an entertainer. The governing part of politics will be executed by various “producers”, and a “staff”, which rotates through the show.
I get it. Good joke!
All that remains for election 2016 is to see if the finishing plot is more in lines with “Bruce Almighty” or “The Grinch”.