Publisher: Life imitates art

By Brian Whitmore/Publisher

Anyone that knows me knows I’m a Star Wars fan.

Sometimes life imitates art.


In Star Wars, you have the Old Republic. An evil Sith Lord plays everybody for a fool and orchestrates a war to ascend to power. Ultimately, he eliminates the peacekeeping Jedi and under a state of emergency forms a Galactic Empire.

In order to ensure our security and continuing stability, the Republic will be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire, for a safe and secure society. – Supreme Chancellor Palpatine.

“So this is how liberty dies … with thunderous applause.” – Senator Padme Amidala.

So, you have those that do not question government accepting less freedom for more security.

And the Rebels become those that question the government.

Star Wars shows how a republic can become an empire, if it’s not careful. It shows how those that just want freedom and liberty, become rebels when they question authority.

Sound familiar?

Today in real life, most liberals are ready to concede any and all liberties for security in the midst of uncertainty. In Star Wars the uncertainty was a war, orchestrated by Palpatine to gain power. In real life, the uncertainty is a pandemic, which politicians are using to gain power.

In the midst of the politics, there is religion. The Jedi draw comparison to Christianity. In Star Wars the Jedi were wiped out – to dangerous to Palpatine’s plans. History shows that those who seek power often seek to eliminate Christianity, hope.

Today, some states ban Christian gatherings, fine or arrest Christians for breaking pandemic protocol. I’ve heard the phrase, “your liberty ends at my face,” used time and time again to justify subjugation.

But Star Wars was not just good vs. bad, rebels vs. empire, Jedi vs. Sith.

In the outer rim, most people distrusted the republic and the empire. In today’s world, the outer rim is represented by rural, country life.

The republic never did much for the people of the outer rim. In fact, the republic and the empire only made life harder for these people. Sound familiar?

Most people can identify with good vs. bad, Jedi vs. Sith, rebels vs. empire. I identify with the outer rim. That’s where you find my favorite Star Wars character – Boba Fett.

Fett is not a good guy or a bad guy – he’s gray. He’s a bounty hunter — who most see as scum — and deals with smugglers and crime families. He survives by any means necessary in a corrupt world.

“I’m just a simple man, making his way through the galaxy. Like my father before me.” – Boba Fett.

Boba Fett does have a code of honor, but he’s not a conformer.

“I give my allegiance to no one.” – Boba Fett.

Like Fett, I have a code of honor, my Christian faith. Like Fett, I give my allegiance to no man, only my God. Like Fett, I’m looking to survive in a world that is messed up.

Who is the Sith Lord in today’s world? The Devil. Who is he controlling? While the Antichrist is not yet known, the Devil is controlling a lot of people.

Liberty only fades when there are those that will give it up for “security,” to be “taken care of by the government.” Others would rather die than to live without freedom, even if that means giving up all security.

Will there be a rebellion today? That depends on how much liberty government wants to takeaway. There is always a limit, for most sane people.

But those folks in the outer rim, those folks in the country, they’ll survive regardless of what “fresh hell” is thrown at them by those addicted to power.

Brian Whitmore is the publisher of The Chronicle. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Chronicle. Whitmore can be reached

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