OHATCHEE, Al., July 16, 2012, — Opponents of Mitt Romney have noticed that the name of Batman’s villain in the upcoming film The Dark Knight Rises is homonymous with the name of an investment firm that Romney founded in 1984.
The childish “aha” moment was not unpredictable. Americans have tolerated condescension remarkably well for the past four years, so we can presumably take an insult to our ability to spell – or ability to follow a storyline, for that matter.
(Do we have permission to insert a Lyndon Baines Johnson joke here too?)
Beyond the monosyllabic stroke on the ear drum, the parallel dissipates rather quickly.
Beneath that dark disguise, the Caped Crusader that America has come to know and love is no wealth-redistributing, class warfare-waging, purveyor of social justice. Batman is actually a clever “millionaire socialite” (pardon me, billionaire socialite), initially the privileged son of a business mogul, and basically everything President Obama believes to be wrong with this country.
Like some astute commenters across the web are now observing, if Obama had his way, Bruce Wayne would have been taxed out of existence, and the marvelous innovations and livelihoods that his wealth produces would be impossible.
Mitt Romney and Bain Capital resemble Bruce Wayne far more than the destructive (although ostensibly drug-lord-fighting) villain “Bane” who originates in a South American country that was taken over by a leader inspired by the uprising of Fidel Castro.
Don’t be fooled. No matter how much phonic or phantasmic spin one conjures up, the stubborn moral of the story remains:
In Batman, the good guy and the rich guy are one and the same.
TO BE CONTINUED…
Amanda Read is an unconventional scholar, a Southerner without an accent, a Christian who hasn’t been a churchgoer in 17 years and a college student who lives with eight younger siblings. A writer and artist, she blogs at www.amandaread.com and is the author of the historical drama screenplay The Crusading Chemist. Amanda is majoring in history and minoring in political science at Troy University.
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