Are Conservatives the New Rebel Scum?

Bonnie Burton | May 5, 2009

When you think of the Rebels fighting against the evil Empire of Star Wars, you might be quick to compare liberal Democrats as the Rebels and conservative Republicans in the role of Darth Vader, the Emperor and the rest of the Empire.

However, the Conservative website American Daily Review thinks we all have it backwards. Dr. Tony Magana suggests that it’s the Republicans who best represent the ideals of the Rebel Alliance.

Dr. Magana writes:

The 1977 classic movie, Star Wars, portrayed an epic struggle between a righteous outnumbered few (Rebel Alliance) against a much stronger dominant government (Empire). The now well known story tells how a small group of activists can effect change by adhering to their principals as a source of power and focusing their efforts on the identifiable vulnerability of their adversary. A useful analogy may be drawn to the current situation of contemporary conservative activism.

In his article, Dr. Magana takes a look at Twitter trends to see what topics are being talked about online the most, as opposed to the topics that mainstream media controls and “casts the Democrats in a favorable fashion and castigating the Republicans.”

In his research, he notes that the top tagged tweets are written by conservative bloggers using the hashtag #tcot (short for “Top Conservatives on Twitter”), which in turn he translates to mean Twitter’s top hashtagged stories are dominated by Conservatives. (Though Oprah and Ashton Kutcher probably wouldn’t agree with that assessment.)

Just as the Rebel Alliance banded together to used technology and unite their grassroots efforts to overthrow the Empire, Dr. Magana suggests that the Conservatives do the same as he writes:

The recent success of the tea party movement was accomplished not by the single organizational efforts of the Republican party or some imagined Fox News conspiracy as contrived by the left but rather by a grass roots movement facilitated by the internet which allowed numerous neighborhood and local movements to communicate with each other. This mechanism is now being used to allow almost instantaneous response to issues like gun control, abortion, and interrogation methods by Conservatives.

In Star Wars the Jedi were warned against using hate as a destructive force but instead to trust their principals. Similarly, Conservatives must avoid spending too much time being reactive (the antagonist) or negative and instead spend more time being protagonist for Conservative principals. This way they can begin to control the message.

Dr. Magana continues with the Star Wars analogy:

The recent departure of Arlene Specter can be likened to the lancing of an abscess to remove the nidus of infection which is necessary for a body to be healed. Similarly, the Republican party must purge out the Republicans In Name Only (RINO) if they do not immediately repent. The “force” of the Republican party is their conservative principals, just like the Jedi Luke Skywalker, they must resist temptations away from this force.

I am reminded of the classic battle in the movie Star Wars where the small force of the Rebel Alliance is attacking the much larger and stronger fleet of the Empire. They know that to win there is only one strategy, they must focus their attack on a specific area of vulnerability on the otherwise impenetrable Death Star. In the end, victory was achieved by “staying on target.”

My advice to the Republican party is simple, believe in the “force” (your conservative principles). Identify the “target” (the economy and the war). Win by “staying on target.”

Read the entire article here:
What Star Wars Teaches Conservatives ( via American Daily Review)



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