In the underbelly of society, normal rules of right and wrong do not apply. Normal rules of fairness, honesty and integrity aren’t considered. Welcome to Gotham City! Where those who are to represent the citizens are actually the ones pillaging the citizens. Citizenry, a man named Bruce Wayne answered the call in the fictional Gotham City, and became the Dark Knight himself: Batman. When are America’s “Dark Knights” going to rise up out of the ashes of apathy stand up for liberty and justice?
You may be wondering “Ryan, seriously? You’re going crazy!” But really it’s not a stretch at this point to consider our system broken. When you see the autonomy of the states being reduced to nill, the fiscal crisis being whitewashed by the media and politicians alike, the massive amounts of regulation that hinders job creation is ignored, and you have a president who went to war with FOX News… we have serious issues that need to be addressed. All of these issues stem from ignorance (albeit willful) and arrogance.
If there’s two things that when mixed create a volatile situation, it’s ignorance and arrogance. Ignorance will lead you into situations that would behoove you to stay away from, and arrogance will blind you from admitting your mistakes after making those decisions. Either way you look at it, they’re traits that aren’t befitting a leader–at least a noble leader. The question now arises, “Do we have any nobel leaders anymore?”
In the Batman movies, the basic genesis of the Dark Knight hasn’t changed. A young Bruce Wayne sees his parents murdered in front of him, and this incident, along with a fear of bats actually motivates him to risk everything, and be a selfless servant of the community to which he resides. Are we willing to be the same servant? Are we willing to give selfless service in order to preserve and restore the republic? If the death of Bruce’s parents was the impetus for his decision to forge his own destiny… at all costs, then what’s our impetus? What’s our motivation?
We, like Bruce Wayne, must embrace the fears we have and use the tools we have at our disposal to defeat and call-out deception wherever it rears its ugly head–whether it’s in Washington or at your local school board meeting. Whenever federal encroachment is seen, we must act–we must dig into our Batbelt (the Constitution) and pull out our weaponry. Batman had the Batarang, we have the Bill of Rights; Batman had the Batbombs to shield him from his enemies, and we have the Separation of Powers via the Constitution which allows us to be shielded from tyranny–Batman just like an informed citizenry have weapons to use. The question now has to be asked: Will we use what we have to protect what we love?