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Spoilers ahead for the Star Wars franchise, primarily the prequels, so consider yourself warned. This means you, Mary Katherine Ham.
With Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy getting a contract extension and The Mandalorian headed for television, it appears “Star Wars” will be with us on the regular for years to come.
Fandom - Episode - IX - Time - Lesson
As the fandom awaits Episode IX, it is as apt a time as any to consider a valuable political lesson from “Episode II: Attack of the Clones,” one of the worst entries in the franchise. Darth Vader was a liberal fascist.
Consider the scene in Episode II in which Anakin Skywalker accompanies Sen. Padme Amidala on a picnic while serving as her bodyguard on Naboo:
PADME - Politicians
PADME: You really don’t like politicians, do you?
ANAKIN: I like two or three, but I’m not really sure about one of them. [smiling] I don’t think the system works.
PADME: How would you have it work?
ANAKIN: We need a system where the politicians sit down and discuss the problems, agree what’s in the best interests of all the people, and then do it.
PADME - Trouble - People - Fact
PADME: That is exactly what we do. The trouble is that people don’t always agree. In fact, they hardly ever do.
ANAKIN: Then they should be made to.
PADME: By whom? Who’s going to make them?
ANAKIN: I don’t know. Someone.
ANAKIN: Of course not me.
PADME - Someone
PADME: But someone.
ANAKIN: Someone wise.
PADME - Lot - Dictatorship
PADME: That sounds an awful lot like a dictatorship to me.
PADME: You’re making fun of me.
ANAKIN - Senator
ANAKIN: [sarcastically] On no, I’d be much too frightened to tease a senator.
PADME: You’re so bad!
Fact - Dictatorship - Fun - Flashing - Lightsaber
He was, in fact, so bad. It did sound like a dictatorship. He was making fun of her. All of this should have been yet a flashing red lightsaber warning Padme away from Anakin, but the heart wants what it wants.
The key aspect of the exchange, however, is that Anakin begins with the...
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